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'Squeaker's Mate' by Barbara Baynton and 'The Drover's Wife' by Henry Lawson

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Introduction

Having read both stories 'squeaker's mate' by Barbara Baynton and 'the drover's wife' by Henry Lawson I preferred the drovers wife and in this piece of writing I am going to explain why. Both of these stories are short stories and are set in the out back in Australia in the early 20th century. One thing which could have made a different to the way each stories was written was that a drover's wife was written by a male whereas 'squeaker's mate was written by a female. These stories considered the issues women had in that area and time. I preferred the plot of 'squeakers mate because I felt it gave out a stronger message of how women were treated. It shown emotion and made me feels involved in that emotion. I felt more sorry for the women in this story as she had done so much for this man and he had done nothing in return. She had gone from being in complete power and to having nothing. ...read more.

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I did not have as much sympathy for the characters as it was not written as well, the narrative did not flow as well so I sometimes got confused while reading it and had to go back again. In the drovers wife she had children to help her in her worries. The main characters in 'squeaker's mate' were the man and the women (mates) and the second women. The women also had a dog, which was her companion. The man was very ignorant, lazy and stupid. He did not seem to really care about his mate has when the tree fell on her he did not help she insulted her and he did not care for her properly afterwards either. All the work, which the women usually did, was left undone because the man refused to do all the work. The woman in this story is very organised, likes to get the job done, caring, and has a lot of patience. She not only has patients with her self but with her mate and seems to put up with a lot of grief. ...read more.

Conclusion

I think her situation is not quite so bad and that I have more pity for the other women. They both become dependent on their man but certainly squeaker's mate is to the more extreme. Having explored these issues I still feel squeaker's mate was the better story. In both stories the author looks at the women's place in the society, the hard and different lifestyle they have in the Australian out back. There is a lack of education and marriage situations were not very good. I believe that handled these situations better it used more emotions and stronger feelings of the grinding poverty of squeakers mate. Overall I think that squeakers mate uses better language and direct speech to show the characters feelings effectively, it uses colloquial language. This meant I could understand the atmosphere and setting better giving me a clearer idea of the characters personalities and feelings so I could understand the story better. As I have said the main reason why I thought squeakers mate was the better story was because I felt for the women more. The story used emotion much better by using extreme circumstances. ...read more.

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