The casual, layed back, simplistic ideals of Australians form our unique set of values. Australians value their Patriotism, their Mateship and their sense of Equality, and these, together with a good dose of humour and a match of Friday night football, gives you the typical Aussie larrikin in a nutshell. In Australia the only historical events admired by significant numbers of Australians are Gallipoli, Ned Kelly’s last stand and the Eureka stockade. A common theme binding these events is that they are all failures! However pride in these events is a classic example of the Australian belief that it is not ‘ whether you win or lose, its how you play the game.’ To admire Ned Kelly’s last stand is to admire courage, mateship, conviction and defiance to the end. To admire the Eureka stockade is to believe in a fair go for all.
To admire Gallipoli is to admire mateship, larrikin ism and strength of character against adversity. Australian values differ immensely to the rest of the world and are really quite unique. A perfect example of this is the contrast between the English and Australian ways. This difference is evident when we read the play pygmalion, by George Bernard Shaw. As it is portrayed in the play, the English have a strong set of values relating to the class system, or structure in that region.
If you are lower class, then you will remain lower class and you will be treated in a very different way as oppose to a upper class citizen. A upper class citizen has attained their status by being just that, Upper class and superior. It is inappropriate for an upper class person to mix with someone of the lower, poor class. In Australia, people become icons of the nation, not because they belong to a royal family or an aristocracy, but because they sport the Australian ways.
PRAC. ESSAY By Crystal Crofts May '03 Discuss the representation of class in Cloudstreet A class discourse operates as a way of grouping people according to their economic and social status. With class, comes a certain cultural code, being formed by society in which communication between individuals & or groups takes place. It contributes to a general cultural assumption that enables texts to ...
They show incongruity, inappropriateness and a sense of humour that only fellow Australians can truly appreciate. They dare to be different, and thats what Australians do and value. Ned Kelly, after shooting 5 policeman became a champion of the people but an enemy of the state. Dawn Fraser became a Olympic hero after being banned from competition due to her involvement in the Japanese flag scandal. Don Bradman, the defiant batsman but humble man was labelled Little Bastard by the English cricket captain. Even our own Mary Mackilliop, Australia s first saint was excommunicated from the church for breaking the rules.
Chopper Reid, convicted criminal who killed drug dealers but defined it a garbage disposal and Bob Hawke our ex-prime minister, was immortalized in the Guiness Book of records for sculling 2 and a half pints of beer in 12 seconds. Australians have empathy for the underdogs because most Australian families, due to their convict or migrant heritage, understand what it is to be an underdog. This image of the underdog rising above adversity has made its way into several Australian films and texts. The film The Castle crystallizes the Australian character and their values, all in the one film. From the innocent and ignorant family, proud to live in a house of extensions beneath a tangle of power lines, right next door to an international airport, to the bumbling, incompetent lawyer, Dennis De nudo who is trying his best to stop the families home from being acquired. This film is a celebration of Australia and its values.
It portrays our multiculturalism with Farouk the Lebanese neighbour and Dennis, the Italian lawyer. It shows our appreciation of the smaller things in life, like a holiday at Boni Doon or icecream after some meatloaf. It illustrates our mateship and sense of equality, with the retired, big-shot barrister willing to help the Kerrigan family fight the state, free of charge. Even off the screen, the film shows Australians ability and success as the production took only 11 days to shoot but made over 11 million dollars in profit. When you compare the Castle to other text of the world you can see clearly the uniqueness of the australian way to tell a story of triumph against impossible odds. In the English novel Tess of the D Urbervilles, we can see the similar story of the working class girl, trying to overcome the adversaries in her life.
Through interpreting the information in the table below, construct an argument that accounts for the trends in marriage and fertility rates. Give alternative explanations for changes in family structure. Support your argument with information from the table and other evidence form you course. Selected Family Trends in Australia Over Three Decades Early 1970sLate 1990sRate of cohabitation prior to ...
It is here that we can draw the differences of the English culture as oppose to the Australian culture when they are put in a very similar situation. The castle has its feel-good ending of the family defeating their foe s where as the foreign Tess novel has the ending of being defeated. Tess tried her hardest, but her life still ended up as a tragedy. We can see in this example that Australians value their brighter look on life, and whatever the situation, we can still have a laugh and maintain our trademark Aussie sense of humor. From our Patriotism at the cricket, to our Mateship at the pub, our equality at the footy, and our humour at all the above. Our unique country, is Australia though and though, And the values I have listed are the values we hold True..