Journeys 8 Mile

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Through the journey, a person can experience exciting, dangerous and challenging situations which creates opportunities for understand themselves as well as their surroundings. However all types of journeys should have an obstacle which must be overcome, and in doing so propels the person to complete the journey. These concepts are explored in Sally Morgan’s novel “My Places” where journey is depicted as a spiritual journey of self-discovery and Curt Hanson’s film “8 Mile” which delves into a white man’s struggles in a musical genre that is dominated by African Americans. In “My Place,” the protagonist’s personal journey was more important than reaching her destination. As the novel progresses further into Sally’s life, she begins to question who and what she is. This is evident in the use of rhetorical questioning where “Were we Aboriginal?” This shows that she is conflicted with her identity and her heritage. However, towards the end of the story, this is contrasted by her acceptance of her heritage and through the novel, it is shown that she is proud of being Aboriginal. Further, Sally faces many problems that prohibit her journey of self-discovery. In her attempt to uncover her heritage, she is severely hindered by the lack of information given by her family who believe that in doing so protects her from the pain of discrimination and racism they themselves had experienced. This is clearly evident, as Morgan uses simple colloquial language to depict the “White man’s” attitude towards the “Black man”. An example of this is when Sally’s Nan says, “You bloody kids don’t want me, you want a bloody white grandmother, I’m black”. This is a result of the negative social stigma induced to the aborigines by the white people. However Sally is willing to look past this and although she eventually discovers that she is indeed Aboriginal, she realises that she has no idea of what being Aboriginal is like and questions “What did it really mean to be Aboriginal?” , which...
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