Deadly Unna Essay

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Deadly Unna Phillip Gwynne Thesis: Deadly Unna delivers an engaging insight to the lives of teenagers trying to overcome every day issues of racism, self confidence and sexism. Introduction: Teenagers are often misrepresented within literature and their issues or problems exaggerated. Deadly Unna delivers an engaging insight to the lives of teenagers trying to overcome every day issues of racism, self confidence and sexism. Deadly Unna written by Phillip Gwynne is a complicated novel that discovers many different stages of the inter racial friendship between two teenage boys, Gary “Blacky” Black and “Dumby” Red and their teenager’s life. AFL is used in this novel as a way to develop a sense of community between the racial teenage groups. The Port, were they are originated foregrounds key issues in the small town such as Racism, self- confidence and mate ship. Plot Summary: ‘Deadly Unna?’ is set in the Port and Peninsula of South Australia, the ‘Goonyas’ (white Australians) are based in the Port and the ‘Nungas’ (the Aboriginals) are located on the Peninsula. The purpose for this separation is to emphasize the racial tension between the white Australians and the Aboriginals. The story is told form the perspective of “Blacky” the main character. Deadly Unna is a novel about the life of a 14-year-old boy knowing by the name of “Blacky”. Like an average teenage boy, he plays football, has problems at his home, struggles when he approaches a girl. Although one of the local Aborigines Dumby Red who has an usual friendship with Blacky, teaches him important lessons about Human dignity, racism, justice, death, courage, family and friendship. (Deadly Unna, Phillip Gwynn, 2012) At the beginning of the novel, Blacky is nervous and worried about the grand final coming up, He has the position of taking on the teams new first ruck. Thumper, who is his opponent,

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