Good morning everyone,
Today I will be speaking to you about the aspects of identity that are presented in my set text ‘Life-cycle’ by Bruce Dawe and a text of my own choosing Wheelchair basketball: One woman’s story. I will be speaking about the way that sport enables people to strengthen their cultural identity and the way that these texts convey this message of identity strengthened. The ten verse poem, lifecycle, is about the great Australian game: Aussie Rules Football. It presents to us the aspect of cultural identity that comes with AFL. The traditions of AFL bring people together, strengthening the cultural identity. A good example of this is the line in Life-Cycle ‘Hot pies and potato-crisps they will eat’, this represents the stereotype of a typical AFL supporter. This food associated with the footy strengthens the cultural identity surrounding the sport. Another great technique we can see in this line is the use of the pronoun ‘they’. The word they includes everyone in that tradition, showing how stereotypical eating pies and chips at the footy is. Physical barriers can hinder ones identity however the cultural aspect of identity in sport strengthens peoples identity. Wheelchair Basketball: One Womans Story is about how Danielle Peers, who was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy when she was just 25 years old, overcomes the physical barriers put in front of her to become a Paralympic wheelchair basketball player. We see her overcoming physical barriers in the quote ‘Being on a team representing Canada at the Paralympics was one of the most rewarding and exhilarating experiences of my career so far’. Emotive language is the main technique used in this quote. Through the use of the words exhilarating and rewarding, Peers portrays the importance of the cultural aspect of identity. All of this is similar to the elderly people represented in lifecycle. It talks about how ‘the elderly still loyally crying’ and using AFL slang like carn,...
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