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Good morning teachers and students My Speech today will be on the topic of authority and the individual that is shown through the texts The chant of J Blacksmith Excerpts from various law documents and a cartoon by Leunig called First day at school The novel Chant of J Blacksmith by Thomas Keneally described a hierarchy of authority and the struggles of an individual to fit in The hierarchy can be broken down to 2 major sections with the whites on top and blacks on the bottom J is an individual that is caught somewhere in between these 2 groups J is a half caste aborigine brain washed by the white society which had debased the Aboriginal culture to a bare minimum J under this influence lost all respect for his black culture and rejected its authority as they were depicted as beggars puking Hunter River Rotgut Sherry in the lee of hotel shit-houses and ppl who would lend out their wives for a suck from a brandy bottle Rejecting the blacks J turned to pay his respect to the white authority Setting out with white values and ambitions J hoped to gain authority and status in the white society However he soon discovers that the white authority is filled with corruption and hypocrisy Keneallys representation of this is Farrell who is an Extreme of abuse of authority He forces J to betray another Aborigine Harry Edwards and this led to his suicide which is caused again by Farrells abuse of authority Despite wot he had seen J still had hopes for the white society and later married a white kitchen maid Gilda J saw this as a chance to enter the white society however he was wrong His employer the Newbys exercised their authority over J and G putting on pressures to break up their marriage and also refusing J his food With all this becoming overwhelming for J he turns to murderous actions
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