Gary Crew's No Such Country

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In today’s society, the resistant perception of Australian history has been covered up and hidden from the world. The dominant or “Three Cheers View” is that Australia was settled in a peaceful manner, and was not invaded. Written by author Gary Crew in 1991, No Such Country has revealed the hidden side of Australia’s silenced past during the time of invasion. No Such Country is a book which has been written to challenge the traditional view of Australian history and society through the “Black Armband” point of view. This is depicted through the books four main characters; Sam Shadows, Rachel Burgess, Sarah Goodwin and the Father. Sam Shadows represents the silenced and Stolen Generation, who seek to discover their family history and culture.…show more content…
When the time comes for answers to unfair treatment such as this, Crew shows the stereotypical answer from anyone involved or anyone with the responsibility to answer. Sam is represented as an outcast, just like the Aboriginal population, even though they are descendants of the land. This can be seen when the revelation of Sam being the Father’s son is revealed. These victims (the Stolen Generation) are the people whose family history and culture have been stripped from them for no rational reason. All of these indicators illustrate how Crew’s creation of Sam’s story has challenged the dominant perceptions of Australian history and…show more content…
From the evidence given throughout this essay, it can be confirmed that this statement is indeed true, and has been portrayed throughout the novel. Crew’s overall message to Australian society is to look beyond the surface about our national identity and cultural history. We Australian’s are constantly fed with the heroic account of our ‘White men’ settling this new found land we call home. The resistant view which Crew writes the book in, takes a look at the resistant from an Aboriginal perspective. Adolescent readers are invited to respond to the novel with a mature line of thinking. Instead of listening to what has been taught time and time again, they are encouraged to take a step back, and consider the immense amount of pain and suffering the original descendants of the land had to suffer

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