Home by Larissa Behrendt Essay

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Home puts a human face on the issue of the stolen generation “ Discuss.

Between 1910-1970 up to 100,000 aboriginal children were taken forcibly from their homes and families, by police or welfare officers. These children were known as the ‘stolen generation’. The novel Home, by Larissa Behrendt puts a human face on the stolen generation by illustrating the acts perpetrated against them. In the novel home, this is delivered through the story of Garibooli and her family.

Most children of the stolen generation were raised in Church, or state institutions. Some were fostered or adopted by white parents. Many of these children suffered physical and sexual abuse.

In relation to the novel, Garibooli was forcibly taken away from her home,
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For instance, Bob Brecht in Home realises through earlier lessons about history that he was not seen as equal to white people. Bob throughout the novel lives between the black and white parts of his identity. The conflict between them causes him sorrow and leads to alienation.

Thomas although light skinned, fell victim to racist taunts and bullying. This makes Thomas feel ashamed of his aboriginal heritage and tries to disown it by referring to himself as somewhat European. Racism played a big part in the treating of the stolen generation. Many people that suffered from the racist taunts of other people were made to feel unequal, and unworthy. Much like how Thomas felt. In the beginning of the book, Candice also saw the racism that many felt. Candice and her father went into a shop in Dungalear, when Candice went to purchase her goods, she was met by a woman who once she realised Candice was of aboriginal decent suddenly changed her approach and processed her purchases with renewed efficiency. Candice was simply mistaken because she did not have the physical characteristics that many people associate with aboriginals eg. Dark skin. A quote from the text shows us the feeling Candice gets from this reaction. “I don’t mind being mistaken for someone from somewhere else, but I mind when the realisation that the dark features are Aboriginal is met with disappointment, confusion, or even disgust”.

In conclusion,

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