Essay about Divine Wind - Racism

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The Divine Wind describes an Australia that is tarnished by racism, hatred and distrust, and yet the novel ends on an optimistic note. Do you agree?

The novel is set during a World War. The tension and separation of races during a war seemed evident in Australia. As a multicultural country including Japanese and Aborigine population, conflicting attitudes towards these races had to be imminent. I entirely agree with the above statement due to the unequal treatment of the aborigines, tension between the Japanese population and characters such as Hart showing lack of trust over his lover Mitsy

With a war against the Japanese was the trigger for racism in Australia. All throughout the novel elements of separation are presented. The
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Killian is talking about purity at the dinner, he declares that black workers will do all the work while ‘we’ (whites) sit inside. Aborigines do not even get equal opportunity, an example is when Derby’s interview with the officer is forged and consequently Carl Venning simply lets Derby to fight his case without any support. Aborigines have been replaced with stereotypes and generalisations from the Broome community especially all aborigines being alcoholics and inferior. Racism has the significance in the future of Broome in that it will become extremely hard to reverse.

Hart’s lack of trust for characters in the novel such as Mitsy and Jamie are just some signs of Disher showing an Australia that is tarnished from distrust. Mitsy and Hart are close friends and at one time lovers. Nevertheless, Hart still has thoughts about Mitsy secretly seeing Jamie. Hart asks Jamie, “What’s going on between you and Mitsy.” Some might argue that Hart is only caring about his love but when Hart secretly follows Mitsy around town the reader recognises Hart’s personality of distrust. Another aspect of distrust is from the white community concerning over aborigines of Broome "Your Abo is unreliable... He'll collaborate. He'll guide the Japs…." Since whites know that they are separate and unpleasant to other races, they fear the aborigines will help the Japanese in their desire to takeover Broome.

Although the novel ends on an optimistic note, the future for Broome doesn’t

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