Examples Of Racism In Jasper Jones

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It is a natural part of human nature to long for the feeling of belonging, even if it means following a corrupt and unjust social regime. Craig Silvey weaves this idea into the novel Jasper Jones, in which the “half-caste” deuteragonist and protagonist Charlie Bucktin discover the death of the shire president’s daughter, Laura Wishart, and work together to find the culprit as to avoid the inevitable scapegoating of Jasper for this crime. Silvey’s implementation of the historical setting of the 1960’s introduces the themes of fear, racism within a social regime and scapegoating; these ideas relate to the racism present in Australia at the time, due to the reign of the White Australia Policy and the effect of the Vietnam War. By integrating these key ideas into the story of Jasper’s experiences with scapegoating, Silvey reflects on real-life examples of racism present in Australia during the 1960’s, as well as other developing nations, and how the need to impress others is the major drive for the wider…show more content…
The themes of fear, racist social structures and scapegoating are indeed applicable to the wider society of the real world, with another infamous example of social structures promoting racial discrimination and apartheid being the Jim Crow Laws, which were enforced from 1877 to the 1950s. Unfortunately, many people are too conservative and stubborn to look beyond their beliefs, take on a different point of view and put their differences aside to understand one another, which ultimately leads to discrimination against one another. The effect of this is emphasized when people are too afraid to speak out in fear of being punished, as it only allows those who are advocating and participating in racist behaviours are allowed to do so without suffering consequences and fully realizing the implications of their

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