Analysis Of The Book ' The Secret River ' Essay

1044 Words Aug 17th, 2015 5 Pages
“History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be reworked, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” The acknowledgement of history is vital in an individual’s progression to remedy past mistakes. “The Secret River” illustrates a narrative about 19th Century Australia, whilst simultaneously making comment on the treatment of Indigenous Australian’s at the time. The racist attitudes of the white settlers in the story can also be seen as the foundation of contemporary-day Australia’s casual racism. “The Secret River” articulates a vivid image of the unjust atrocities that the Aboriginal people encountered. By vilifying the cruelty dealt by the colonists, the text urges modern day Australians to not fall victim to the same type of prejudice. The text gives the reader an insight from where Australians came from, and how the beginnings of our nation may of been wicked, but displays how two differing cultures can be compatible, and gives us hope for a better tomorrow. 

First and foremost, as Australia is a relatively new country, recognising some form of identify is rather difficult compared to an older, more established nation. However, the Australian identity can be further recognised by delving into the history of the country. “The secret river” explores the relationship of the European settlers with the Indigenous Australians, particularly the superiority complex the Australians possessed over the aboriginals. The primary character “William Thornhill” a former…

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