Stolen: Suffering and Obvious Family Connections

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Jimmy and Ruby are the most obvious victims in Stolen, but all suffer in their different ways. Discuss

The most obvious victims in a tragedy like the Stolen generation are those in whom the pain and suffering endured is visible to all. Jane Harrison's ‘Stolen' presents Ruby and Jimmy as the most obvious victims but not necessarily the greatest, as may be naively assumed.

The remaining characters, Anne, Shirley and Sandy all suffer huge depths of despair, yet their suffering appears to lessen to some degree in the eyes of the viewer/reader due to their hope, determination and stability which in some ways assist them in attempting to resolve their problems and become reunited with their loved ones.

The physical and sexual abuse experienced by Ruby and Jimmy is horrifying and obviously very visible to others. The loss that Ruby and Jimmy suffered was a loss of dignity and to the extent that they were both unable to keep fighting "I just can't [fight] no more" or hold on to any hope of reuniting with their families because their pain was too great "they stuck a knife into me heart" The children were deceived with the hopes of being cared for "matron said they're gunna take one of us home" and when they understood the truth they were disheartened and lost in silence " I promised not to tell"

Jimmy and Ruby both led very tragic lives by the closing scene of the play, implying that perhaps they are the greatest sufferers because of their obvious pain. Jimmy the playful young boy has had his heart ripped apart by the hope "I'm finally gunna meet my mother" of finally reconnecting with his mum and the despair of her death, and takes his own life as a melancholy eccentric prison inmate "I'm going now, to be with my mother"

Unlike Jimmy, Ruby has the chance to be with her family again, " Sis, we've come to take you home" but her mental and emotional state is beyond repair after the damage done to her, " don't live in no home anymore" In "Ruby's family...
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