Discrimination In Jasper Jones

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The novel, Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey is a classic one of a young boy coming of age and learning unspeakable truth about his girlfriend’s father. It is written in first person narration from Charlie Bucktin’s perspective. The plot’s anchor is the death of an innocent girl, with the characters floating above it until they solve the crime. The namesake of the novel also represents a common element of discrimination in this story because Jasper Jones is part white and part Aborigines. The setting is a small town in Australia during the 1960 during the Vietnam War. Many of the town’s Vietnamese people are also discriminated against. This novel would fit into the post modernism era of literature as it deals with the ugly side of human nature and society. This story shows how four young people are propelled into the adult world without any assistance to help them other than their friendship and resilience of youth. The main character, Charlie must navigate through it even while feeling motionless and scared. He tells his story to the reader from his perspective. The reader sees life from exactly the way he sees the events and understands those events through a teenage boy’s eyes. The crisis is introduced when the town outcast Jasper Jones asked Charlie, a bookish young nobody of a boy for help. The reader sees Charlie’s internal conflicts of wanting to go with Jasper, feeling terrified, excited yet so wanting to be accepted by him Charlie does in fact sneak out in the middle of the night with his new friend. Jasper takes Charlie to the scene of the crime where Jasper’s girlfriend is hanging from a tree. The manner that Silvey describes Charlie’s reaction to the hanged girls is true to human nature, “I’m screaming, but they are muffled screams. I can’t breathe in. I feel like I’m underwater. Deaf and drowning.” This description foreshadows the solution to hide the body and Jasper and Charlie throw Laura Wishart into the lake. Unknown to either is Laura Wishart’s sister, Eliza. She witnessed the suicide of her sister and wrote the word “sorry” on the stump of the tree before she leaves. Charlie and Jasper find this word, assume that the killer wrote it there, and immediately jump to the
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