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Walkabout This story is about two children who are stranded in the Australian outback after a plane crash

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Walkabout This story is about two children who are stranded in the Australian outback after a plane crash. By chance they meet an Aborigine boy who is on his walkabout. From these two different groups of people meeting each other, it shows the reader how much people can learn from others and how different we all are. Mary's first inclination is to mother Peter. She feels responsible for him and he depends on her. But she feels inadequate in this new environment. 'Always she had protected Peter, had smoothed things out and made them easy for him - molly-coddled him like an anxious hen, her father had once said. But how could she protect him now?' Then the bush boy comes across their path and things become tense between the children and aborigine. The very first thing Mary notices about the Aborigine is that he is very black and naked. She finds this very disturbing, 'The thing that she couldn't accept, the thing that seemed to her shockingly and indecently wrong, was the fact that the boy was naked.' As the two cultures confront each other they just stare at each other in disbelief and wonder, 'Between them the distance was less than the spread of an outstretched arm, but more than a hundred thousand years.' 'They had climbed a long way up the ladder of progress; they had climbed so far, in fact, that they had forgotten how their climb had started' They had had everything provided for them and had never had to fend for themselves. ...read more.


All responsibility in her was drifting away. Peter learns from the bush boy how to gather food. He appreciates the help and notices how quickly Peter picks things up. Peter wants to discard his clothes and be naked like the bush boy but Mary isn't comfortable with this. She insists Peter puts his clothes back on. He argues back saying he will only wear his shorts. He is becoming comfortable with the bush boy's way of life, but Mary wants to hang onto her white culture. All the time Mary admires the bush boy for his behaviour and cleanliness she still can't live with his nakedness. She wants him to conform to her ways so she can feel more comfortable. She gives him her panties to wear and he puts then on reluctantly. 'Mary sighed with relief. Decency had been restored.' But Peter can't go along with this. He laughs out-loud at the ridiculous sight of the Aborigine in lacy panties! Peter's reaction made the bush boy start a ritual dance; a war dance. At the end of it the elastic of the panties snaps and the panties, a symbol of civilisation, are trampled under his feet. As he finishes the dance he suddenly becomes aware of Mary as a female. He moves towards her but becomes aware of the terror in her eyes, ' For, to him, the girl's terror could only mean one thing: that she had seen in his eyes an image of the spirit of death.' ...read more.


She is more concerned about the baby koala than her dress. They eventually meet some other people and are very relieved they are darkies! Mary had expected to be terrified by the thought of being naked in front of strangers, however, now that the fact of their blackness had to be faced up to, she realized unexpectedly that she wasn't nearly as frightened as if they were still white.' She has at last learned that nakedness is totally natural to these people and that they aren't in the least offended by it. Peter and Mary mix very naturally with these Aborigine strangers. The women swim together and share food and Peter as been drawn to a particular man within the tribe. The man looks at the drawings they had done earlier of a house and realises that they need to find civilisation. He draws them a map, which ends in a house so they know where to go. Before they leave Peter takes in the beauty of their surroundings he 'knew in that moment that every detail of what he'd seen in the last two weeks he'd remember for he rest of his life.' He then leads the way via the map to civilisation and Mary follows. It makes you hope that they will take back with them into their 'civilised' culture all they have learned from the Aboriginal people and their strange ways of life with their fantasy lands, spiritual gods and there true sense of belonging. Zac Ship 11 Sebastian ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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