Deadly, Unna? Book Analysis

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Deadly Unna

Is Blacky More Courageous Than He Thought?

Gary Black (Blacky) is the main character in the award winning Australian children's book of the year, `Deadly, Unna?'. This book portrays the life of a fourteen-year-old boy named Blacky, who struggles with a difficult relationship with his father, community pressure and the ever-going discrimination of the Aboriginal community. Through the book, `Deadly, Unna?' Blacky symbolizes what it means to have true courage, as he stands up for what he believes in and refuses to succumb to the pressures of his small-minded community. The author, Phillip Gwynne, wrote this book portraying Blackys true courage through learning to stand up for himself, being subjective to the lack of support towards the Indigenous people and by learning the importance of following his heart by making respectable --> [Author:jrp] choices.

The first instance that Blacky portrays true courage is revealed when he learns to stand up for himself and to make the right choices. In this novel Blacky experiences several confrontations where he is required to determine a suitable and appropriate choice. Although a complication is his extreme self-doubt, Blacky knows that, "a gutless wonder is about the worst thing" (Gwynne, p 9) you can be labeled in the Port community. This is why Blacky has self-doubt as he is afraid to stand up for his choices and to be labeled as a "gutless wonder" (Gwynne, p 9). Nevertheless he learns self-confidence; this is exemplified in the novel when he is deciding whether or not to paint over the `Boongs piss off' graffiti on the walls of the local jetty shed. Blacky struggles with the decision to whether or not to act upon the deed, however after some confrontation he says, "I couldn't tell the cops…I couldn't confront Slogs… but I could get rid of that stupid graffiti (Gwynne, p 254). Blacky chooses the option to paint over the graffiti, which is the first step in wiping out the racial discrimination in his community. Blacky also stands up for himself in his attempt to paint over the `Boongs piss off' remark. This requires Blacky to be courageous and to stand up for himself as his father caught him sneaking into his tool shed. Blacky knew he was going to be afflicted with punishment however he knew it was the right act to do and it did not matter if Mr. Black yelled at him, he was...

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