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Herbie and Stolen Car by Archie Weller

Herbie and Stolen Car by Archie Weller both explore the lives of two Aboriginals and the racism and alienation they experience due to their Aboriginality and the way they react to the situation they are in.

Both Herbie and Johnny, the protagonists, experience by white society. Herbie is the only aboriginal in his year and he is targeted by the rest of the students in his year. Johnny is separated by mainstream society as seen where he is hitching a ride and no one will pick him up. Both Herbie and Johnny are portrayed as naïve and innocent this portrays them as victims.

In both stories the main character or there close relatives where unfairly prosecuted as seen through Herbie’s brother. While the reader isn’t aware of the crime the reader is aware that the evidence has been fabricated. In stolen car Johnny is unfairly prosecuted for stealing a car and money when he did neither he was simply an innocent bystander.

While Johnny is from a respected family Herbie’s family isn’t respected. However there are differences in the family structure. Johnny’s family is respected because it resembles white society, a clean house and a respectable job working on the farm. While Herbies family doesn’t represent white society with an unclean house and a father on the dole. This shows that mainstream society only accepts people like them.

Both Johnny and Herbie die due to racism. Johnny dies in a car crash as a result of lashing out at white society because his situation has made him feel hopeless and Herbie when he is forced to climb a tree to humiliate him by the students at his school. This shows the destructive nature of racism.

Both stories are in third person at one point this allows the author to distort what is happening because a single removed perspective guides the reader. When Herbie shifts between first and third perspective it allows readers insight into what is really happening.

In stolen car the police...
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