Analysis Of ' Deadly Unna ' By Phillip Gwynne Essay

1364 Words Aug 15th, 2015 6 Pages
Deadly Unna?, written by Phillip Gwynne is a award winning children’s novel, with vivid characters that depict the racial discourse in a fictitious, coastal town of South Australia. The novel portrays a typical coastal town of the 1970’s, through the eyes of a fourteen years old Gary Black, known as Blacky. Deadly Unna? highlights the conservative attitudes of the white society and explores the institutionalised marginalisation and discrimination of the Nunga (the Indigenous population) who live at the town of Point by the Gooynas (the white) who live at the town of Port. Through the characterisation of Dumby Red, Big Mac, Cathy, and Gwen, Phillip Gwynne positions the reader to recognise the extent of marginalisation, criminal injustice, and gender stereotyping within the town.

Marginalisation is the disempowerment of an individual or a group of people due to their race, class, gender, or religion. Marginalisation is predominantly a social phenomenon by which a minority or sub group, in this case the Nunga, are excluded and their needs are ignored by the majority, the Goonyas.

One of the characters in the novel who foregrounds marginalisation and is ostracised due to his race is Dumby Red. Dumby Red is a respected Aboriginal player from the Point, who is one of Blacky’s best friends. Throughout the novel the Nungas are ostracised due to their skin colour. This is evident, through the use of everyday demeaning and odious taunts such as “Black bastard”(p.61) and “Boongs”.…

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