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Patrick White Down at the Dump Patrick White most noted for his longer works of fiction exemplifies his craft of storytelling in his short story Down at the Dump White has dramatized an event in life such as a funeral and given us a very believable insight into our own culture Some readers will take offence to such a raw and truthful portrait while others will find humor and hope in the same story White is a writer who crafts a story with such intensity that at times it slaps you in the face with the truthful dirty honest depiction of his characters All of whom we can see something if not the smallest little detail of our selves in them Down at the Dump counterpoints two families and their journeys on an afternoon One of the families is off to the funeral of Mrs Hogbens sister Daise The other family the Whalleys off to the Sarsaparilla dump for busness and pleasure I thought the beer was an excuse for comin Isba pg8 Down at the Dump is also a modern day Australian Romeo Juliet the forbidden love between Lummy Whalley and Meg Hogben Both it seems are destined for more then what is expected of them The story is also a comment on the staid middle-class lifestyle the petty bourgeois existence of the suburbs The story is also a comment on the sexually non-conformist such as daises character represents more about this later The story is also a comment on standards principals morality values and judgmental and discriminatory behavior White pays attention to the dirty honest characteristics of human beings Her eyes were that blazing blue her skin that of a brown peach But whenever she smiled something would happen her mouth opening on watery sockets and the jags of brown rotting stumps pg1 This serves to give the readers a deeper understanding of the characters right down
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