Australian voices: I am, you are, hold on! What is an Australian? An Australian voice? What can an Australian voice be? To many the definition of an Australian voice will vary from opinion to opinion. One can describe an Australian voice as being a perspective of the Australian culture in relations to Australian values ideas, attitudes and actions. To many it may be how a typical Australian is perceived by the rest of the world, and the differences between their own culture and that of Australia’s. Today’s typical Australian is in many ways different to the typical Australian 50 years back. It is extremely hard to define an Australian in this day and age as Australia is such a diverse multicultural society when compared with that of the Australia 50 years ago. My article will identify how different composers promote Australian ideas and values.
The Australian play titled Away by Michael Gow is set during the time of the Vietnam War (1960. Gow uses the technique of setting to show how the effect of the Vietnam War impacted many Australian families. This is shown when Roy tells Coral “We are not the first people in history to lose a son in a war, in the last war practically every family lost someone”. This extract depicts how many Australian families were devastated like Coral and Roy to the point where it caused the collapse of countless family. This line also portrays a new perspective of war by Australians as that of being terrible.
Gow emphasises the strong influence that the setting can have by placing the characters in a number of typical Australian holiday places, and having the play set during the holiday season. The beach, Caravan Park and the luxury hotel on the gold coast depict the importance of the Australian values and idea of spending time with family during the hot Christmas season at popular Australian destinations. As a result of the play being set in the 1960s Gow uses comments and jokes of that time. For example, there is constant...
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