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As an Indigenous woman, Oodgeroo experienced first-hand the Assimilation policy and discrimination and thus, she shows her concern for the loss of freedom and culture of other Indigenous Australians through her poem “The Last of His Tribe”. This is evident in the first stanza when “change is the law. The new must oust the old.” Noonuccal’s use of modality for ‘must’ commands that the new, referring to the white Australians ‘must’ get rid of the old, referring to the Aboriginals. The emotive language and emphasis on “is” promotes that the Aboriginals will be forced to change by the laws implemented by the Non- Indigenous Australians. Oodgeroo refers this poem to Willie Mackenzie, the last of his tribe, in the first stanza “Old Pinnaroo lonely and lost here, last of your clan” she protests against the assimilation policy and discrimination which has affected Willie. The alliteration of ‘lonely’ and ‘lost’ is used to stress that he has nowhere to go because his tribe and culture was taken away. The last stanza emphasises the title of the poem that he is the last person of his tribe. Further on in the poem Noonuccal includes “In the Salvation Army Home” which has connotations that Willie is in the city at a place where homeless people go because his home has been taken away. In the last stanza “Displaced person in your own country” the paradox that Willie is lost and has no home, in his own country emphasises the discrimination he received and the effect of the assimilation policy. This clearly shows that Noonuccal experienced first- hand the assimilation policy and discrimination and thus through the effective portrayal of Willie McKenzie, in “The last of his tribe” shows her extreme concern for the loss of Aboriginal culture.

oContains the story of Moses and the Egyptians
oMoses was to lead the Israelites to Canaan
oGod inflicted a series of plagues upon Egypt because the Pharaoh refused to let the people go: Water to blood
Dead livestock
Thunder and hail
Death of the firstborn
oMoses left with the Israelites and parted the red sea to the land of Canaan

oThe covenant is the basis of Jewish religion- Jews agree to abide by God’s commands, and God agrees not to forsake his chosen people. oThe covenant was an agreement between Abraham and God.
o“You shall be the ancestor of numerous nations, making you wealthy. Kings and nations shall come from you.” oThe covenant was that is Abraham followed God’s commandments and laws; he shall make him a father of a multitude of nations. And direct Abraham and the next two Patriarchs to the land of “Milk and Honey”, Canaan. oThe three Patriarchs are:

Jacob (Israel)

oMoses brought the ten commandments from Mt. Sinai
oThe commandments are the laws to be followed to achieve the success of the covenant oThe ten commandments are:
One god
No one but god is an idol
Do not take the lords name in vain
Sabbath is for rest
Do not kill
Do not steal
Do not commit adultery
Do not be a dishonest witness against your neighbour
Do not covet your neighbour’s wife… or anything that belongs to him. oThe covenant was confirmed in the giving of the commandments oThe commandments were adapted into the 613 mitzvot.
oGod made a covenant with the Jews and they believe they are his chosen people oThe Jews honour the covenant by living a good life based upon God’s laws (mitzvot) oRelationship with God is developed through public prayer (synagogue) and private prayer. •MORAL LAWS:

o613 mitzvot (365 negative, 248 positive)
oBelief in a single God who is the creator and ruler of the universe, YAHWEH oGod exists =god is real
oGod is one= god is the only one (monotheism)
oGod is the creator of everything= god created all
oGod is incorporeal= god...
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