Two Brothers Essay

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In passage one Eggs’ speech is spliced with the words of the other three major characters, Tom, Fi and Anglea. Tom emphasises the importance of promoting equality for people who are “born in some dead-end street - in Melbourne, or Sydney, or Afghanistan” while Eggs focuses on “a fair go for people with energy and vision”. Thus, even though they are not speaking face to face the scene takes on the feeling of a debate. Meanwhile, Fiona’s naivety is conveyed through her comment that “you girls are the future… tomorrow’s leaders who we will look to – to run things” while Tom insists that it is a “powerful and contemptuous class of men” like Eggs who are running the country. In contrast, Angela addressing her students suggests that Australia’s future is a multicultural one, as well as portrays Angela as Greek personification of multiculturalism. Eggs’ comment that “the individual is the only person who can take responsibility for his – or her – own life” is the core of his political philosophy. This extends into his personal life and is how he feels about his son, Marty’s, drug overdose. However, whether he lives by his creed of personal responsibility or non government intervention is debatable as killing Hazem, seeking the aid of Jamie and twisting the truth is hardly taking personal responsibility. Meanwhile, Hazem’s story of his struggle to enter Australia elicits sympathy for him, as well as portrays him as somewhat symbolic; a martyr. Hazem asserts “When I think that people in this country want my family to drown, rather than step foot on this shore, then I find it hard not to believe in evil.” This reflects what Rayson thinks about Australia’s way of dealing with refugees, and questions their actions in relation to the sinking of the SIEV-X. asylum seekers. Passage three reveals Eggs’ moral vacuum and Fi’s pathetic demeanour. “The wind is prowling with
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