Jimmy serves as the voice of protest throughout the play. Make a list of the ways Jimmy fulfills this role. In Davis’ drama the character Jimmy serves as a voice of protest against the works highlighting of discrimination against Aborigines between 1929 to 1934. Jimmy is an Aboriginal man who despises the fact he is not equal in society to the white man and is not regarded as a ‘person’ by the government. Through Jimmy’s words and actions we see him openly stand up for himself and his people in they way they are treated by white people subsequently fulfilling his role as the voice of protest in the play. The most dramatic example of Jimmy fulfilling his service is when he argues with Mr Neville, the supposed Chief Protector of Aborigines, in the dramas final closing stages at the Australia Day Celebrations, with regards to of the changes and treatment of Aborigines by white settlers. The argument ultimately results in Jimmy’s death due to a heart condition (he suffers from). Jimmy’s death represents, from a contemporary reading, the Aboriginals mans loss of voice to the white mans power. * What purpose does the character of Gran serve in the play? Explain about the ways in which she relies upon the land. Davis’ play revolves around an Aboriginal family and the hardships they faced during the years of white settlement in Australia. Gran serves as the matriarch of this family and epitomizes the traditional Aboriginal way of life. Gran speaks with colloquially vernacularly and relies upon the land to provide her and her family with what they need to sustain their lifestyle opposed to the white man. One clear example of this is when Mr Neville, the apparent Chief Protector of Aborigines, takes away the Aborigines rations of soap and Gran improvises. * How does Milly bring the family together in the play? Describe one scene in the play that best illustrates Milly’s role in the play. Milly serves not only as a mother in Davis’...
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