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|Describe an important change that happened in the text. Explain how this change helped you understand the main idea |
Change is something that society can be challenged with everyday, be it for the collective worse or for the better of humanity. It can occur on an individual, collective and global scale. Phillip Gwynne’s novel, ‘Deadly, Unna?’ exhibits a change that the protagonist, Gary ‘Blacky’ Black goes through, in the way that he matures and begins to comprehend things he did not before. Through this change, he begins to realise and loathe the racism the town encourages and practices towards the local aborigines and also he begins to appreciate that outward appearances do not always represent truthful, inward reality and starts to be more brave in opposing this nepotism and racial prejudice.
Gary ‘Blacky’ Black is the narrator of the story and the main character who changes the most out of the town. He initially begins judging people on first impressions and physical appearance but as he matures throughout the course of the story, he learns not to be so hasty to judge, as he realises not only do people grow and change, much like himself, but outward appearances can be deceptive. Gary originally has low self-esteem and does not have very much confidence in his abilities, however, as he begins to mature,he inaugurates to be braver in the ways he carries himself, which can be something readers can relate to. He also starts to look between the lines of his town and see that they are hurtful towards the aborigines or “Nungas”, which he wishes to change.
Blacky’s change from being naive to maturity and being able to be aware of the subtlety around him is important because he becomes more independent and righteous with him standing up for what is right, as opposed to how he started off when he was content with his friends casual and overt racism. An example of this is when when he is in the pub with all the men and Big Mac tells a racist joke saying “ "Did ya hear about the one about the boong and the priest?" and then tells the racist joke. Blacky narrates “I didn’t even laugh. He had told that joke a while ago and I had laughed at it, but now it just wasn’t funny”. This shows that Blacky is now able to not only recognise wrongdoing but respond to it emphatically, despite when he used to be racist or tolerant of racism. His change and developing maturity allowed him to understand that people are people, and a joke against someone of another race, is not funny. This concept is relatable to our world as we too do not have to join in on racist jokes or ideologies and we can choose what we think is right so we, like Blacky, can be morally upright individuals.
Another reason why Gary’s change is significant is that his developing maturity allows him to not only see the racism in his town, opposite to where he couldn’t at the beginning of the book, but also tries to change it. This shows he can be mature and brave, even in a bigoted town. An example of where he became aware that the town was racist was when Mark Arks was awarded the Best On Ground trophy at the awards night, instead of Dumby Red,a ‘Nunga’, who was clearly the star player.Blacky expresses “Mark Arks getting B.O.G. It’s bullshit. That’s Dumby’s trophy.” We as readers realise he has figured out that his town is racist and he is quite upset about it. He then proceeds to ‘dob’ his own trophy he had received at the ceremony, away exclaiming, “Yous can stick your footy, you lousy bastards”. This presents that Gary is aware of the racial prejudice in his town and is willing to give up footy to allow for racial equality. This is relevant to us as readers, as it shows we should treat everyone as human beings, rather than judging based on their skin colour or physical appearance as is the collective today.
One more reason that Gary’s change to maturity is exigent is that it allows us to see that once he becomes abstract minded, he is able to challenge racism with a sense of urgency and courage much easier than he ever could have when he was naive. An event when this is alluded to us is when Gary is about to painted over a racial slur on a wall in the town that says “BOONGS PISS OFF”. He lacks the paint to do so, so he decides to purloin it from his father.However, he is caught in the act and openly explains what he is going to do with it, in which his father reacts explicitly yelling “Are you ... out of your mind?!” This shows the mentality of an individual in the town, who wants to further practice racism, completely opposite of what Gary wants to do. Gary and his father are contrasted here to display the different mindsets that the two have, and that Gary is able to be more morally upright than an adult. After being told to put the paint back, Gary is able to reply “I can’t put it back”. The ability of being able to stand up to his father is representative of the progression that Gary has gone through, and Gwynne uses it to portray his bravery and true intent of ending racism in his town. These qualities that Gary displays can be relevant in our world in that, when we do what’s right, we will be able to brave and nothing will stop us. The racism that is still in our world can be challenged by what Gary shows to us as readers, and we too can pursue this, so long as we know what is right.
So, Gary Black going through that change of naivety to maturity shows how we can mature as a person to become a morally upright person. We can also be independent with our choices and be brave enough to stand up to racism. It shows us as readers what maturity is: Making our own choices for the right way rather than the wrong.
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