Essay on Australian Identity

1555 Words Apr 20th, 2013 7 Pages
Australian Identity

Mateship. Adventurous. Loyal. Free. Proud. These are the typical words Australians use to describe themselves, to identify themselves as different from the rest of the world. But who is an Australian? Someone that was born in Australia? Only people we choose to call Australian? People with great achievements that we choose to take credit for? Only people that love sport and vegemite? Or maybe only people with ‘Aussie’ accents? The Australian population is a proud one indeed, proud of their nation, their achievements and their own independent way of life, but sometimes us Aussies, forget about the rest of the world and all those other people that make us, who we are.

The poem, Australia by Ania Walwicz, is told
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You silent on Sunday…. You dead at night… you do like anybody else.” These ideas become the back drop of the poems representation of Australian people. “You silly shoppingtown” refers to our dependency on retail and possibly sports rather than culture or religion of which our country is drastically missing. The persona could be referring to two different ideas when they talk of us copying. This could either be to based on our reliance on the English or American way of life which we see as an ideal for our society or it could also be to do with our urgency to feel apart of society, we each act the same as the one we see as a model rather than being our own individual person. This is also mentioned by the persona when they talk of “you do like anybody else.” The comment of friendliness comes down to different interpretation of kindness and friendly behaviour. In some European countries being friends with someone means walking in and out of each other’s back doors rather than the Australian interpretation. In Australian culture, we see Sunday as a lazy day, not many people go to church in our modern society and modern way of thinking, rather we spend our day indoors watching TV or laying in bed till past noon. In the much more traditional European culture however, Sunday is the day you spend connecting with your chosen deity and friends and family. European countries have such a rich history and

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