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

In Jane Harrisons play, Stolen, the characters of Ruby, Anne and Jimmy are utilised in order to position the audience to feel sympathetic towards those affected by the Stolen Generation. Discuss.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

In Jane Harrison's play, 'Stolen', the characters of Ruby, Anne and Jimmy are utilised in order to position the audience to feel sympathetic towards those affected by the 'Stolen Generation'. Through her plot Harrison is able to demonstrate the pain faced by the characters. Furthermore, through her script, she is also able to show the mental disintegration of the characters throughout time. Therefore, it is imperative to examine the ways in which she has used these particular facets of her play in order to rouse the emotions of the audience. Jane Harrison utilizes the script of the play 'Stolen' to position the audience to feel sympathy for Anne. Anne is an aboriginal female who, adopted at a young age by a white Australian family. Anne was chosen by the white couple because 'she was by far the best' (THE CHOSEN pg 7). Anne is seen to have a 'good upbringing' (THE CHOSEN pg 7) compared to the other characters in 'Stolen'. She receives a 'sense of security' (THE CHOSEN pg 7) and 'a good education' (THE CHOSEN pg 7), but Harrison reveals to the audience that Anne has to confront problems that none of the other characters have to face. ...read more.

Middle

Harrison shows the audience in 'RUBY COMFORTING HER BABY' (pg. 9), that Ruby was an ordinary girl who played 'with her doll' (RUBY COMFORTING HER BABY, pg. 9). This same scene also shows the audience the horrible memories that Ruby have in her young mind, as Ruby is nurturing her doll, she seems like she is pretending to be her own mother and the doll being her. Ruby tells her doll 'I love you Ruby' (RUBY COMFORTING HER BABY pg.9). When Ruby grows up and leaves the orphanage, she goes and works for a white family. One day, her family come to visit, but it is revealed to the audience that Ruby is mentally disabled and is not well. Ruby's family want to take her home but Ruby replies "Don't live in no home any more. I work for the Hardwick's" (RUBY'S FAMILY COME TO VISIT, pg. 31). It is clearly shown that Ruby cannot see that those people are her family. Harrison displays to the audience that in Ruby's mind, Ruby believes that she has no family, reinforcing the fact that the children of the 'Stolen Generation' suffered immensely. ...read more.

Conclusion

This was extremely traumatic for Jimmy, and he couldn't endure the grief and resorts to ending his own life. Jimmy, Ruby and Anne all faced mentally enduring events at some point in their lives. But only the only happing ending out of these three characters is the one of Anne's. Ruby's end is a more tragic one, as she is permanently scarred from the events that have occurred to her in her life. Jimmy also suffers a tragic end as the he commits suicide. Harrison depicts the harshness and undergone by both of these characters. Ruby and Jimmy's upbringing were very dissimilar in comparison to Anne's, Anne living in a family that cared and provided for her, was contrasted by Harrison, towards Jimmy and Ruby's lifestyle. Both Jimmy and Ruby were brought up in an orphanage with other aboriginal children whose families were also taken away from them. The play 'Stolen', written by Jane Harrison shows the audience the hardship undergone by the characters, Ruby, Jimmy and Anne. Though they are different in many aspects, these characters share the pain of not knowing where to belong and this is shown by Harrison puts forward this idea through her use of the plot and the script. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate Languages 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 International Baccalaureate Languages essays

  1. Antigone is the tragic hero of the play

    Sophocles has also taken advantage of formulating powerful dialogue for both Antigone and Creon to further emphasize their roles as tragic heroes. In the prologue, he has incorporated heroic lines meanwhile referring to her fearless opinions and brave nature as she expresses the view that those of noble birth (a tragic hero is often of noble birth)

  2. The manner in which Tarot cards play a role in the work of T.S. ...

    The white moon in the black sky is similar to the game of chess. Even the three animals in the tarot: the wolf, the dog and the scorpion pint to the three classes in society; the rich, middle class and the commoners, by the presence of three different animals.

  1. Antigone is the true tragic hero of the play

    At the same time, politics is especially one of the most prominent themes in Greek tragedy, for the heart of many Greek plays revolves around political vortexes. In Antigone, Sophocles raises the question of democracy, most probably influenced by Pericles, by deriding Creon's autocracy, satirically condemning that "one of the

  2. Motif of Motherly Affections Towards Benjamin and Shinji

    shows how Fiela protected her right to keep Benjamin, especially because he did not want to let go of her. The two men who were trying to take Benjamin away were comparing him to a boy named Lukas, who, coincidentally, was a white boy who was lost in the forest

  1. Compare how the Poet uses Poetic Devices and Imagery to create vivid Descriptions about ...

    Introverts are often careful, and they show common sense. They are more the "thinking" type. Extroverts, on the other hand, blurt out whatever pops into their head. Because extroverts do not "think" before they talk, they can say things unintentionally that may offend others.

  2. How did the pigs abuse language to maintain their position of power in Animal ...

    to convey the message of "human are enemies of pigs and we should take over the farm" For example, "Why then do we continue in this miserable condition" was asked but he continued to answer himself "Because nearly the whole of the produce of our labour is stolen from us

  1. Free essay

    The atmosphere in which people live, breathe, and sleep can have an intense effect ...

    Focusing on the U.S., education is the way to a successful life and ultimately the American dream. Many people go around wondering, is there something better out there? If it's taking some inevitable steps to become mature, becoming a better person from the inside-out, or just pursuing themselves education wise,

  2. History research - Early Australian bushrangers. English writing -my region and favourite authors.

    Douglas was overpowered only after he was wounded. He was carted to Maryborough with an escort of more than 200 miners.3 'Mad Dan' Morgan, 1855 - 1865 Frederick Grosse (1828-1894), Morgan at the Round Hill Station, c. 1864, print: wood engraving. Image courtesy of the National Library of Australia: nla.pic-an8420460.

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