The Drovers Wife

902 WordsMay 19, 20134 Pages
English SACE STAGE 1 Bridget O’Brien Women play a central role in “The drovers Wife” by henry Lawson and the film, ‘Australia’ by Baz Luhrman. With references to the narrative elements and cinematic conventions, discuss how women were portrayed in both Genres. Both the text ‘The Drovers Wife’ and the movie ‘Australia’ focus on the independency of Australian women and the aboriginal society. In the short story "The Drover's Wife," Henry Lawson acknowledges the hardships of Australian women whose bravery and perseverance is unfairly overlooked. It is often the men who receive all the glory while the women suffer silently in the background. In the movie ‘Australia’ Baz Luhrman sheds light on the life of one of these heroic women as she…show more content…
She remembers when one of her children died and “she rode nineteen miles for assistance, carrying the dead child". This must have been a traumatic experience for her, but the bush woman was able to move on and deal with other obstacles in which she faced. The drover's wife recalls the fire that almost destroyed her home. She took on the role of her husband, wearing his trousers while she snuffed out the flames with a branch. Lady Ashley and The Drovers wife, are women in the bush, both these stories have extraordinary characters. Both women strive to do their best and always see the glass as half full. The way in which the drover wife is written is phenomenal and it draws you in. Alligator is a main symbol in this text as it shows that the drover’s wife is in need of a hand while her husband is gone and always needs someone supporting her as she is all her children’s support system. Lady Ashley does not have a support of this kind, but in the movie Australia the drover is her support and while he is gone Nula is what gets her through, yet he does not support her. Both these stories are about women, in which every women should aspire to be like, strong and willing. Word Count:
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