Judith Beveridge

Topics: Poetry, Gender, Suffering Pages: 2 (695 words) Published: June 22, 2013
Judith Beveridge challenges our understanding of the world by revealing hidden sides of our society through confronting images throughout her poems. The reader is revealed with number of issues such as animal cruelty and psychological torture. These issues are related to the gender of the character with the cruel attitude toward nature and the society. This is evident in the poems “The Two Brothers” and “Fox in a Tree Stump”. “The Two Brother” is a poem which uses natural speech rhythms, tone and informal language is used to create an understanding with the reader. Reader is shown the brother’s cruelty but is also shown their brittleness and insecurity. The brothers’ cruelty is connected with their gender. This is shown in line 3-5 which says, “Had shown me themselves, grinning queerly as when they’d shown me lizards they’d killed, or sparrows they’d slowly bled with a needle.” These lines show vivid and disturbing images of boys’ violence, this is then enhanced by alliteration of the word ‘S’ in “sparrows they’d slowly bled.” In the lines, “shown me themselves” implies that such violence is a characteristic of being a male in our society. This idea of cruelty being a part of male’s characteristic in our society is shown again in line 13 which says, “Would dare each other any taste, any soft clot, any ugly act.” This line tells the reader that the brother’s would do anything and challenge each other for dominance which also implies that these characteristics of challenging each other for dominance is a part of a male’s life. In the last stanza the reader is given the idea that the brothers haven’t achieved anything and that the reader should feel pity for the brothers rather than looking at them as wrong, heartless human beings. This is shown by persona saying “Touched themselves through the emptiness of their pockets, scared they’d find the prize of nothing.” This quote evokes sympathy for the brothers through the word choice “emptiness” and “prize of...
Continue Reading

Please join StudyMode to read the full document

You May Also Find These Documents Helpful

  • Essay on The Beveridge Report
  • Judith and Jael Essay
  • Essay about A History of Social Policy: From the Beveridge Report to New Labour
  • The poetry of Judith Wright Essay
  • Judith Wright Essay "Wedding Photograph" and "The Old Prison"
  • Judith and Holofernes Research Paper
  • Essay about Australian Poet Judith Wright and How Her Poems Portray Australias Cultural Identity
  • Essay about Judith Wright Poetry

Become a StudyMode Member

Sign Up - It's Free