No Sugar Themes

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Section A – ‘The suffering of marginalised characters in No Sugar stems not only from physical hardships but from the lack autonomy in their day-to-day lives.’ Discuss. No Sugar by Jack Davis depicts how the Indigenous characters of the play suffer at the behest of racism, inequality, abuse and assimilation forced upon them by the white authority. The pain and suffering also stems from their lack of personal freedom and is shown by Davis throughout the play. Davis portrays the displacement and inequality forced upon the Indigenous characters. The white audience is exposed to the hypocrisy that Mr Neal and Sergeant Carrol can drink but Sam and Jimmy are not allowed and are thrown in ‘the lock up’ for doing so. Consequently, this shows how…show more content…
The Indigenous characters throughout the play are subjected to imprisonment and displacement. Their responses fall into three main categories: fighters, protectors and acceptors. Their attitudes are as a result of the inequalities shown within the play. Davis predominantly depicts Gran and Millie as protectors throughout the play. They are shown as the matriarch and the mother, respectively, with the desire to protect their family as a result of the white bureaucracy and their actions. These are the real protectors of the Millimurra-Munday family and no Mr. Neville and Sergeant Carrol, both of which embody the ironic title of ‘Native Protector’. The irony in this title is seen when Gran says ‘an you’re ‘sposed to be a native ‘tector’ when shot down while demanding blankets for Cissie who is sick with ‘pneumonia ‘n pleursy’. Later on in the play when the family is being removed from Northam, Gran, in attempt to keep the family united exclaims ‘I ain’t goin’ on no train, I’m goin’ with Sam and Millie, you ain’t makin’ me go on no train’. Gran also uses her traditional practices and lore to aid the family which is seen when she uses ash with Mary’s baby. Also, Millie as a mother and a nurturer…show more content…
A way in which assimilation is forced upon the family is due to their reliance on weekly rations due to the fact that ‘wetjala cut all the trees down’, this is symbolic of their loss of self-determination and highlights the power and control that the white authorities hold over them. Also, the assimilation level is depicted in Milly when, after finding out of the removal of soap from the rations, replies ‘how can I keep my kids clean and sen ‘em to school?’ connoting that she is more civilised. Overall, it is evident that there is a loss of culture among the Aboriginal characters in the play and the white authority, depicted by Davis, is the prime wreckers of Indigenous
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