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    The Secret River

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    Australian’s traditional narrative of the colonisation of Australia has been long founded on the European coloniser’s stories alone. Excluding the Aboriginal voice and views of the colonisation of their land. Recent texts such as The Secret River, have been produced to disrupt this traditional ideology and contributed to the undermining of these traditional ideas of colonialism. These texts can be interpreted and read in a number of different ways. The Secret River, a postcolonial novel, by Kate Grenville, has a range of possible readings. One of the reading of Grenville’s novel is that it is a story of two contrasting worldviews that tragically collide, never to be reconciled. Another is a reading that challenges the myth that the colonisers simply “took up” the “uninhabited” land and “dispersed” the “savage” natives in “the usual manner”, when in reality there was a strong guerrilla-type resistance from the…

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    Secret River Oppression

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    with personal attachment to the depicted story may be convinced to feel more associated than another. A plethora of literature texts manipulate oppression to construct the climax of the story, whilst some use it to trigger the reader to question along the text. Some people might refer to book as an escape from real life; on the contrary, books reflect issues in depth and vividly illustrate the way characters and circumstances in the story can be related by the reader. Due to this, The Secret…

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    for taking. Matter of give a little, take a little" (Grenville 104). The Secret River is a postcolonial historical novel written by author Kate Grenville. Published in 2005, The Secret River took Grenville “5 years of intense research and 20 drafts” (The Secret River - ONE Hundred Exhibition) before its completion and publication. The first of a three-book series The…

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    In the outset of “The Secret River”, Kate Grenville conveys William as a person who steals from others in order for his family to survive, which displays the fact that William is a well respected person among the Thornhills but in the eyes of society he is a thief. However, as the story unfolds, Thornhill shifts to be conveyed as more of a greedy thief and dispossessor of other people who thinks more about himself rather than his family despite having his own opinion on what he thinks is right…

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    Secret River by Kate Grenville is set in the 19th century. It tells the story of Australia’s British colonisation through one characters narrative. Grenville presents the opposing concepts of cruelty and compassion to criticize how the British social hierarchy functioned; exploring these notions through the lives of the protagonists as well as the Indigenous people of Australia. William Thornhill interacts with the Indigenous only when needed; mainly to stake and protect the claim on ‘his’ land.…

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    It was represented by nine colonies throughout October 7th and October 25th. They created a petition to King George III, and several petitions to the Parliament and declaration of their rights describing how they were all being ignored. Finally on March 4th, 1766, the Stamp Act was repealed by the British Parliament, but issued a Declaratory Act at the same time to reaffirm its authority to pass any colonial legislation it saw fit. From this point on, the issues of taxation and representation…

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    The Awakening by Kate Chopin showcases the metaphorical awakening of a married woman named Edna. Throughout the novel, Edna deals with the temptation of her raging hormones and desires for other men. Edna also seeks to separate herself from the idea of a typical mother-woman and identify as equal to man. While I am all for the empowerment of women and equal rights, I feel that Enda fails to properly address pressing issues within herself. This leads to Chopin’s book leaving readers to shake…

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    Prompt: one aspect of narrative technique(pt. Of view, description or telling or scenic) in an appropriate passage and discuss how it functions in the context of the rest of the tale. (4-5 pages) Main Idea: Charlies internal conflict A central intelligence perspective allows the reader to view Charlie’s experiences and derive meaning from them. This knowledge highlights Charlie’s fatal flaw in not being able to extract meaning from his experiences. Without being able to comprehend the…

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    The Road to True Self Have you ever thought about the difference between being true and not true to yourself? The novel The Awakening by Kate Chopin is a novel about a woman’s desire to find and live fully within her true self. Chopin uses a variety of rhetorical devices similar to strong diction, imagery, personification, parallel structure, and likewise tone to reveals the time that Edna begins to awake or live her true self. First, in chapter six of the novel, Chopin clearly describes the…

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    A wise man by the name Martin Luther king Jr. once said, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Everyone should, and needs to believe that a color of a skin simply shouldn’t justify if a person is good or bad. In “Roll Of Thunder, Hear my cry” Mildred D Taylor explains the story of the Logan Family, a family living in the 1930’s. Only one thing is different…

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