Stereotypes Is Jack Davis-No Sugar

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Stereotypes in Jack Davis-No Sugar. The characters in Jack Davis' play "No Sugar" are characters that fit colonial stereotypes (both Aboriginals and Whites) although they seem to be exaggerated. Contrasting characters reveal Ideological ideas and attitudes through things like language, often through conflict.40 The characters of White Australian descent tend to speak with pompous language, disguising their evil deeds behind kind phrases. The most obvious example of this is the character Mr. Neville. He states, with refined language, in (Act One Scene Two), that: …"if you provide the native the basic accoutrements of civilization, you're halfway to civilizing him." This reveals a belief that Whites are unquestionably superior and that…show more content…
When he is set up with the character of Mr. Neville(Act One Scene Seven) there is conflict JIMMY "Minding' me own bloody business" NEVILLE "let me give you a piece of advise: sugar catches more flies than vinegar" The conflict is caused because of the lack of sympathy or tolerance Mr. Neville shows for Jimmy. Jimmy is rebelling against this treatment by being disruptive and annoying.121 The character of Gran may represent Aboriginality through her character traits. She is proud, "Isn't that the neatest belly button you seen?" and "I brought him into the world with me own two hands." (Act Two Scene Four), determined and stubborn. Her spirit has not been broken despite White attempts to do so. For this reason when she is juxta-posed against white characters, even those of authority she seems to get some respect from them Matron "You did a very good job granny" at the end of the play when Gran sings her song of mourning it's as if she is mourning the loss of Aboriginality which has been caused by the Whites.114 Billy Kimberly is an example of the inner conflict many aboriginals probably felt. He seems like he is eager to please everyone and doesn't quite know where he fits in (with aboriginals or whites). He works for the whites against the aboriginals, because of this he is labeled as a black crow or traitor (act two scene four). he does however help Joe and Mary escape by telling Mr. Neville they went a different way on the train than they actually did

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