• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Australian Bushrangers Essay. Banjo Patterson and Will. H. Ogilvie presents the two deaths of well known bushrangers, Ben Hall and John Gilbert in poems How Gilbert died and The Death of Ben Hall.

Extracts from this document...


What specific 'Australian' image/s are portrayed by the two poems? Compare the two poems and show how the composers differ/don't differ in their respective perspectives on the image/s. Australian images are portrayed though two similar poems that depict the deaths of Australian bushrangers. Bushrangers in the history of Australia have a special place in the hearts and the imaginations of Australians. Banjo Patterson and Will. H. Ogilvie presents the two deaths of well known bushrangers, Ben Hall and John Gilbert in poems 'How Gilbert died' and 'The Death of Ben Hall'. These composers portray iconic Australian images of Australian bushrangers, as well as the traitorous 'mates' that these bushrangers trusted, only to find out that they have been sold for the matter of greed. The composers cleverly represent the Australian images through intensified imagery and techniques throughout the poems to enforce the idea of the Australian image. Outlaw are remembered with pride and admiration rather than the contempt and hate that they probably deserved, as many were violent and ruthless criminals who made their livings by murdering and stealing. ...read more.


The Australian culture is built around the aspect of loyalty in which the society views friends as family. However, both poems depict the death of the two bushrangers as a tragic loss as both were betrayed by people that they had trusted. Both bushrangers had a thousands pounds on their heads as rewards, both being sold from people they called 'mates'. In the poem 'How Gilbert Died', Gilbert takes refuge in his grandfather's hut only to find out that he had been sold by his own family member. Patterson uses irony to depict the death of Gilbert was not worth, and attempts to humiliate Gilbert's grandfather, 'and their grandsire gave them a greeting bold: "Come in and rest in peace no safer place does the country hold.. and hell with the black police"'. This quote is full of irony as the phrase 'rest in peace' is a short epitaph expression wishing eternal rest and peace to someone who has died. ...read more.


A bushranger spends his life riding, therefore must have undergone many crimes and murders during his time, however Ogilvie depicts that the ride of a traitor is much worse than anything else. He ends the poem with 'I would rather sleep with the dead Ben Hall than go where that traitor went', which further enforces his hate towards traitors. Both composers defy the stereotypical view of the iconic image of the Australian people as loyal and loving. They portray the Australian image of mateship, however in a different perspective, that not everyone can be trusted. The two poems, 'The Death of Ben Hall' and 'How Gilbert Died' show an interesting view of the Australian image of outlaws. The composers cleverly use techniques to enforce the numerous Australian images such as the view in which Australians in today's society view bushrangers and the ongoing aspect of the Australian culture of friendship. However both composers, Patterson and Ogilvie, presents a new perspective in which the image of 'mates' are portrayed as traitors for the sake ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Comparisons section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Comparisons essays

  1. Autumn poems comparison essay

    The content of the poems has an affect on how the poem is conveyed. Clare has used pleasant scenes of autumn to show his love for the season. Hardy has changed images harshly to add to the uncomfortable atmosphere of the season.

  2. Comparative Essay - Love and Loss

    When he found out about his mistress dying, he felt sad and depressed, but all the same felt trapped, because he could not express himself. This sadness and depression made it so hard for Byron to express his feelings. These four poems also represent loss in some ways.

  1. By Means Of Comparison, Consider the Interest Shown of Living Creatures in The Fox ...

    The dying fox is surrounded by his family on his deathbed, unlike the knight in "The Twa Corbies" or the mouse in "To a Mouse". The lines "Does not the hound betray our pace, and gins and guns destroy our race" tell us of the hardships of being a fox, constantly being hunted by dogs and guns and traps alike.

  2. Compare and contrast the way John Clare and Coventry Patmoore portray their protests in ...

    Instead, it will continue to grow and influence people implying that what went on in the poem, clearly a horrible event in itself, was only part of a vicious circle with no solutions or message of hope.

  1. How does John Clare evoke emotion in the readers of his poems I am ...

    The image of a shipwreck used 'the vast shipwreck of my lifes esteems' seems to make a point about how he feels about his life - traumatic for a short time and then out of sight and forgotten. This part of the verse harks back to a line in the

  2. comparing John Dryden(TM)s The Fire of Lond

    Byron uses a sense of inversion 'all hearts were chill'd,' to create a feeling of abnormality as hearts are supposed to be warm but the disaster has caused them to be 'chill'd.' We see another example of how the eruption has levelled society in the line 'The palaces of crowned kings-the huts...

  1. How does John Donne and Emily Dickinson portrays the theme of Death in 'Death ...

    The personification of the abstract noun such as ?Fate, Chance, kings and desperate me? may serve to portray death as mortal, vulnerable and lacks any authority or influence. This effect is also accomplished by the usage of the metaphor in ?thou art slave to? which compares the abstract entity of Death as a slave to others.

  2. COMPARISON:Browning's Sonnet 43 and Byron's So, Well Go No More A-Roving

    This great romantic poem is also called a ballad. Like the romantics, Byron has freely used the object of nature such as night, day, and moon. The poem starts with the conjunction soul, which means that Byron will conclude his ideas at the end of the poem.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work