Archive | March 2016

Peer Review #1

Peer Review – Tara Briggs

“Perspective truly is an important aspect to writing. Especially if you want to understand several characters and their motivations, as well as just how they are in terms of personality. We also not only saw just Chaine and Wooral’s perspectives, but also Killam and Skelly. In page 47, the former was able to say the names of the flora much like how a scientist would, while the latter is quiet and hints that he could be homesick or just not like the setting of the bush compared to home. However, the perspectives between Wooral and Chaine are indeed notably the ones with the most contrast.”



Wonder and Ponder

So it’s another day until Easter.  What better way to spend it by pondering and reflecting on certain things?

Last week, I also finished reading That Deadman Dance, and needless to say, it was actually far more somber than I thought (and I already expected it to be not the happiest story around).  Particularly at the end where I had a feeling what was going on with Bobby doing his dance (will not spoil anymore in case some haven’t reached it yet).

When it comes to reading literature to do with indigenous authors or characters in general, capturing the emotion is the most important.  Noticeably, the sentences are more concise, simple, and straightforward when in the view of the Aborigines compared to that of white characters.  Such as when describing Bobby’s feelings (not that to nature, but he himself), we had sentences such as “Bobby Wabalanginy felt very alone.”   So there’s nowhere to hide when it comes to expressing one’s self with that use of language.

Their emotions and thoughts are exposed, and you, the reader/observer, are exposed to it.

When it comes to being exposed to emotions, people tend to not know what to do.  Exposing emotions are usually seen as a sort of “weakness” to many.  The reason why this is so is debatable, but I do feel it’s because people want to be seen as strong and dependable.  Especially in the eyes of others.  It gives a sense of power, supposedly.

So, what do you do when somebody exposes their weaknesses to you? How do you react? How do you feel? What do you do? What will you do about it?

Sometimes when it comes to reading, I find that more effective than long descriptions.  Though at times I tend to use descriptions (sometimes, embarrassingly, to the point of purple prose), simple can work better.  Long descriptions can become very winded and, in all honesty, boring.

“Try and try again,
To perhaps be able to mend what’s broken
But is just acknowledgement enough?
Perhaps instead of keeping a tiny token…

Actually, try,
And by try, go and understand why.
Linger and mingle, get to know
Rather than give a big, grand show.

Then perhaps no longer multi but inter
And finally, there is no need for colour.”

A short poem made up on the spot, but I remember from a lecture I heard a few years ago that said an interesting message.  “Down with multiculturalism – up with interracialism.”  The idea was that multiculturalism was simple acknowledgement and shallow.  It had nothing to do with getting to know a person’s true core (i.e. their ethnicity, culture, and traditions).  It was just acknowledging that there were other cultures and races, but continuing on with your daily life.  Interracialism was actually immersing yourself in the other person’s culture and ethnic identity to better understand.  Intertwining together.

The prefixes themselves “multicultural” and “interracial” was also a pointer at how similar sounding yet different the two ideas were.  “Multicultural” – many cultures.  “Interracial” – between/among races.

It was definitely an intriguing prospect.


Recollection from Weeks 1 & 2


First and foremost, cannot forget that word considering how useful it is to describe plenty of things in the texts.  It’s been used in both tutorials so far to describe certain views and a character, even.

What does the word mean, though? Utilitarianism is the view that justifies an action as long as it is useful or necessary for the majority.  Considering the type of literature that’s being read (i.e. Aboriginal literature), it’s highly expectant to see these views.

For instance, in the excerpt we were looking at during the tutorial last week in Week 2, we were looking at 4 different perspectives.  The first was that of Chaine, who had a totally utilitarian viewpoint in regards to the land that Wooral was showing  to the white men.  Chaine is pretty blunt and harsh in his descriptions of the flora: “leaves were like needles,” and “flowering spears.”  He also attributes and compares them to everyday items that most people find useful: such as “candlestick-shaped flowers” and his admiration to the mahogany only because it’s a rare wood used for creating furniture.

This is in direct contrast to Wooral who refers to the flora “as if he were walking through a crowd of diverse personalities.”  This personification of the plant-life gives a good sense that Wooral is closer to the land, and there’s a spiritual sense of connection.  Such a view is in direct contrast to utilitarianism since it is more personal.