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Going Home suggests that complex social problems are difficult to solve at an individual level Do you agree By and large most if not all of Wellers Aboriginal protagonists eventually find themselves defeated unable to assimilate into White society However it is not without a lack of trying So concentrated and ingrained is racism in society that it has become a way of thinking not unlike Darwins theory that pertains to the survival of the fittest Given that Aboriginals are a minority group they continually bear the burden of the imposing majority This juggernaut is hard to fend off and Wellers characters sometimes find themselves utterly alone and defenceless In the short stories of Going Home and The Boxer we can examine how both the protagonists temporarily make an individual difference Billy Woodward is a successful footballer artist and even saves enough money to buy a nice car a status symbol in white society Clayton Little earns himself a name as an amateur boxer not unlike the famous Aboriginal boxer Lionel Rose He sees himself taking vengeance against the white man in the ring after the injustices committed against his family However their existences are both illusory Billy is framed for a crime he did not commit while Clayton realises he is being exploited describing himself as an open woundwith maggots feeding off him In the story Fish Chips we are confronted with a large Aboriginal family that endure an array of social problems ranging from poverty alcoholism unemployment criminal activities and incarceration The narrators tone of voice is frank almost accepting the squalor that is his life He is not prepared to make an individual difference but simply wants to just get by and eat Fish Chips In fact the variety of aforementioned social problems is regarded as candidly normal His brother Daryl makes the observation that it does not matter how many times they bathe they will still
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