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What is the significance of the title “True History of the Kelly Gang”?

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What is the significance of the title "True History of the Kelly Gang"? There have been many different perceptions, views and accounts on the life of Ned Kelly. The newspapers have also manipulated the character of Ned Kelly. Ned Kelly writes the Jerilderie Letter to justify his actions and to show the public who he really is. The Jerilderie Letter is Ned Kelly's account of his own life. "The True History of the Kelly Gang" is Peter Carey's account of Ned Kelly's life. Peter Carey has cleverly chosen the "True History of the Kelly Gang" as the title for his book to make it seem as if it was written from the hand of Ned Kelly. He uses this title to suggest that his account is the genuine account of Ned Kelly. Peter Carey wants us to think that this is Ned Kelly's account of his own life. He attempts to do this by writing the story in first person to make it seem like it is Ned himself who is speaking, strategically constructs two newspaper articles to make the reader believe what he has written is true, includes a description of the parcels to make it seem like each parcel is authentic, includes the word "true" to reinforce the idea that the novel is a real account of Ned Kelly, and bases his character of Ned Kelly on the one in the Jerilderie letter. ...read more.

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Ned Kelly speaks in a passionate tone: it is of a man who has been treated unfairly and is seeking justice. Peter Carey uses the Jerilderie Letter to grasp the voice of Ned Kelly. By making the character of Ned Kelly in "The True History of the Kelly Gang" much like the one in the Jerilderie Letter, Peter Carey is making his character of Ned Kelly as accurate as possible and also adds to the authenticity of the novel. This comes back to Peter Carey's attempt to make the novel seem like it an authentic, first-hand account of Ned Kelly. 'The True History of the Kelly Gang" begins with a newspaper article about the fall of Ned Kelly and how he was captured and ends with an newspaper article about the trail of Ned Kelly's and his execution. Both articles are made to look like genuine articles written by the newspapers. In reality, these articles were created by Peter Carey to make his story of Ned Kelly seem like an actual account of his life. Peter Carey's strategy is to make people think that if the beginning of the novel was real, and the end was real as well, then people would assume that the middle part would also be real. The use of the two articles was to manipulate the readers into thinking that his story is a true account of Ned Kelly as written by himself. ...read more.

Conclusion

Just the title itself suggests that the novel is authentic. To make the novel appear like it was written by Ned Kelly, Peter Carey writes the novel in first person, as if Ned Kelly is telling the story and that we are seeing things from his point of view. Peter Carey borrows the tone and passion of Ned Kelly in the Jerilderie Letter and imposes these qualities of Ned Kelly into his character of him. This is done so that the reader will feel the same emotion and passion Ned Kelly showed in the Jerilderie Letter. To further make his novel seem like an authentic account of Ned Kelly himself, Peter Carey creates two newspaper accounts of Ned Kelly, one strategically placed at the start of the novel, and the other placed at the end. This is done so that it makes the reader think that if the beginning is true, and the end is true, then everything in between must also be true. Peter Carey's last technique in making the novel seem like 'True History' is that he has included thirteen parcels in the novel. These parcels do not exist, but are said to be left behind by Ned Kelly. Peter Carey makes it as if the novel is a compilation of Ned Kelly's letters, therefore, makes the reader think that it is Ned Kelly who wrote the novel, and that Peter Carey is only the one to publish it. ?? ?? ?? ?? Alex Chu ...read more.

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