Blackrock Essay

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Blackrock by Nick Enright is a drama piece constructed to challenge dominant social ideology of twentieth century Australian youth. The text presents a very critical attitude towards Australian society in particular the notion of mateship is criticised and exposed in a negative light, as are the justifications, and outcomes of youth independence, and the marginalisation of females. Blackrock, being inspired/based on a the real-life rape and murder of schoolgirl Leigh Leigh (in Stockton, near Newcastle, Australia on 3 November 1989), provides powerful, direct, criticism of dominant Australian (male) youth culture, and highlights how seemingly harmless attitudes and ideologies can lead to the most severe
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In such a contrast the writer is criticising the submissiveness of the female population, and conveying the concept of fighting for your rights and defending your beliefs as does Cherie. Tiffany's boyfriend Ricko, who is the dominant male in the Blackrock youth group, clearly objectifies Tiffany through the symbolic use of his surfing trophy, representative of Tiffany, through his eyes she is just a trophy, just an object which he desired and thus conquered. Ricko's objectification of her is reinforced through the dialogue, "Once, for him and Jason...I'm not doing nothing like that ever again," to which Ricko replies ,"You'll do what you always do...Cause you are what you are. What you'll always be. So shut up and put out." Ricko's mind set and personality are evident through this cruel and contemptuous verbal abuse, which demonstrates his objectification of her, in that he only tolerates her for her body to satisfy his sexual lust and that she is useless in every other way to him. Tiffany's character was created by Enright to be a perfect example of female marginalisation and disempowerment, as she really has no power within the Blackrock community and even in her attempts to assume rapport she is rejected Her promiscuity is an attempt to gain status in the Blackrock community yet she is abused and objectified by her boyfriend Ricko and pushed even lower in social status(as a sex object), essentially the

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