The Burnt Stick Analysis

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Based on the real story, Anthony Hill wrote “The Burnt Stick” to represent the bad aspect of history - “The Stolen Generation” in 1960s. Being represented to one of the stolen kids, John Jagamarra never lost his identity and belonging. Opposite with the changing background, conditions outside, he still tries to figure out the differences of Pear Bay and his home to never forget. Also, his mom is the big supporter to make him remember about his own language and traditions of his own place.Therefore, by trying through the whole long time, he still keeps his own identity and belongings.

First of all, John Jagamarra still never forget his own half-white identity even he was sent to the “white world”. Although he had to follow the white rule,
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Every one who was born in the world all belongs to someone and somewhere, so you can’t lost your belongs because the facts are always there. If you are strongly believe in yourself, there always a place that can find you out and really need you. With the small kid like John, expectation of believe in his place is out of his ability. Therefore, belief in his familiar things and his mom’s love supported him all the time even when he was in hopeless situations. In the mid night when everyone is fall asleep, his pain of home is risen up. He remembered the heat, dust, the “low scrub” and the “red horizon”. He tried to remember every single things that remained in his memories: the pool, the camp, the dogs or the sounds of old women in near his house. The loneliness came over him on the bed, that made he feel cold and miss his mom a lot. Missing all the “touch of her skin” and his mom “presence next to his own”, he can’t forget the time he is left from his mom. Before the painful separation, he supplicated the Big Man in wail: “I want my mother…” However, the thing that made John hurts the most is seeing “the sight of his mother clinging to the door handle, pleading and trying to run with the truck as she was dragged through the dust.” Contrary to the pain that he and his mom stood, Mrs Grainger's husband said: “They are not like us.They soon forget.” But, John Jagamarra didn’t

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