“Wake in Fright”: an Honest Critique of Australian Society

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“Wake in fright”: An Honest Critique of Australian society

Australia, the average assumption would think of this continent as a hot, tropical, beach stricken paradise with many wonderful attractions. And they are right. Yet within this beautiful continent there are many obscurities filtering this so called “paradise” into one of the most dangerous places on the earth. Attractive beaches are asking to be swum in with their perfect waves; not showing that over the next break is an 18 foot Great white shark. The Outback is the heart of Australia possessing many amazing attractions, but where unbearable heat and unchanging environments combined can cause strange things to happen. Wake in Fright portrays the Australian outback in a rather peculiar way highlighting its ruthlessness, linking to horrible incidences showing that this so called “paradise” contains hidden impurities. Therefore Wake in Fright is an honest critique of Australian society.

Tourism is everywhere, you may be serving a tourist at your work place or even be lucky enough to be yourself a tourist. Australia is considered a paradise with many beaches and a desolate outback in the centre of the continent. According to The Tourism Forecasting Committee (TFC) forecasts for Australian inbound arrivals to decrease by 0.5 per cent in 2006 to around 5.5 million. The predicted 5.5 million is a huge number and a quarter of this number visit parts of the outback. Uluru in Alice Springs and Coober Pedy(opal mines) are the most visited areas in the outback welcoming tourists from all over the world. Tourists often visit the outback with high expectations thinking that it’s going to be a great adventure by experiencing the high heats and great natural attractions, and they are right. But what they don’t know is that the Australian outback can also be one of the most dangerous and frightening places.

Danger can come in many forms and in some way or another we experience danger everyday. Crossing the road,...
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