Property of the Clan Formative Task

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Discuss the key concerns of your text and explain how the composer reveals these to his audience. Through the studies in this module, it has allowed me to gain knowledge and realise that there are still many issues and concerns being raised in our community, that determines whether our actions are acceptable or not by society. Through my analysis of the prescribed text, the play “A Property of the Clan” by Nick Enright, I have realised that there are still numerous concerns and problems in our younger society, with many of them the way we treat each other in a community. The text reveals discrimination, stereo typing, violence against women and mateship, which all need to be re-evaluated and altered by society, if we are going to change the way society judges the new generations. The stereotyping and labeling of people, which is often directed in negative ways, has a tendency to put down the victim and make them feel useless. This makes them easy targets for those in society that tend to dehumanize those who are weaker than themselves. Enright in “A Property of the Clan” represents this cycle of stereotyping and abuse through the character of Tracey, who was murdered. This is shown in an early scene between Jared and Rachel when Rachel says “I mean Tracey. You called her a moll.” Jared the reply’s with “It’s true. Do you even know her?” This shows how people believe that Tracey was sexually promiscuous, but most do not really know the truth and so create negative rumors about others. The dehumanizing of Glen is reinforced through a scene between Jared and Rachel, “You know he’s a bit suss?” “Suss?” “They reckon he’s a suss dog. A poofter.” Through the use of derogatory colloquial expressions, Enright shows how quick people are to judge people, based on someone else’s assumptions or impression about the targeted person. Near the end of the play where Ricko uses colloquial expressions and a negative tone in “The way she came with a bottle of bourbon, and her...
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