This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

"The True History Of The Kelly Gang" By Peter Carey.

1191 words - 5 pages

"By dawn at least half the members of the Kelly gang were wounded and it was then the creature appeared from behind the police lines. It was nothing human that much was evident. It had no head but a very long thick neck and an immense chest and it walked with a slow ungainly gait directly into the hail of bullets. Shot after shot was fired without effect and the figure continued to advance on the police, stopping every now and then to move its headless neck slowly and mechanically around. I am the bloody monitor, my boys."Peter Carey's novel "True History Of The Kelly Gang" is one of a legendary figure that goes beyond all borders and symbolises tragedy, perseverance and freedom and is truly a modern classic. It reaches readers through well-crafted and imaginative language and its prospective view of realism in Australia during the colonial era. Using some of the writing techniques of popular classics of the nineteenth century, such as the themes and the style of writing, Carey has created a stunning novel, which will remain a classic for many years to come.Carey was born in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, on the 7th of May, 1943. After attending Monash University, he worked in advertising from 1962 to 1988. Carey's first major publication, the short-story collection The Fat Man in History, appeared in 1974. Praised for his inventive mixture of the comic and the ordinary, Carey often creates detailed, realistic settings into which he introduces bizarre and fabulous events. Usually set in Australia like this one is, Carey's works address themes of nationhood and history as he explores the deceptive nature of reality, and examines the art of fiction.This novel tells the story of Ned Kelly, the most famous of all Australian outlaws, as told in his own words. We learn early in the story that after Ned's capture in the shoot-out at Glenrowan on June 28th, 1880, "thirteen parcels of stained and dog-eared papers, every one of them in Ned Kelly's distinctive hand", were discovered among his things. These parcels are actually his memoirs, addressed to the infant daughter whom he was never to see. Ned was the eldest of eight children to Irish immigrants who farmed in northern Victoria. After his father died, he was forced to help provide for the family at the early age of twelve. From then on he embarks on many of lifes journeys, both good and bad and eventually, along with his brothers and two friends, become known as the Kelly gang. He reluctantly becomes a bank robber, commits incidental murders, and ends up as a popular hero whose final capture has become part of Australian legend. This alone is enough for a truly compelling novel, however Carey has taken it a step further with his particular blend of writing, which does both credit.The narrative point of view is limited to Ned, following his thoughts, feelings and experiences with places and people throughout his relatively short life. Much detail is described in some areas yet little in others which makes...

Find Another Essay On "The True History Of The Kelly Gang" By Peter Carey.

Ned Kelly: The true story Essay

1430 words - 6 pages the Police camp, creept up to them and shouted for them to "Bail up!". McIntyre obyed, but Lonigan, a brave man, drew his revolver and was shot dead by one of the Kelly gang , most likely Kelly. Soon after McIntrye had surrendered, Kennedy and Scanlon arrived back at the camp. McIntyre warned them that they were surrounded but think it was a joke Kennedy went for his gun, Kelly then shouted for them to "Put up your hands!". Kennedy lept off his

The true history of chocolate Essay

1093 words - 5 pages Chocolate became “a respected scholarly subject” only in recent decades suffering from “puritanical prohibitions” of discussing food or writing about it that were recognized standards of behavior in the Western world. The reviewed book The True History of Chocolate is a valuable addition to what the public knows or, rather, does not know about chocolate, with an interesting historical background that makes an entertaining and useful reading and

The Trial of R. Kelly

788 words - 3 pages . The news cameras in the front of the court house presented the two sides: the people who were for R. Kelly and the people who were against him. Mostly the people who supported R. Kelly information was selected for the news media and the information from the nonsupporters were not selected by the news media. In this case the information was bias to supporting R. Kelly even though he had film a sex tape urinating on a fourteen year old girl. It

The Medicalization of Society by Peter Conrad

1673 words - 7 pages Peter Conrad’s book, The Medicalization of Society: On the Transformation of Human Conditions into Treatable Disorders, examined several cases of human conditions, once viewed as normal, now considered as medical issues. Conrad defined this transition of human problems to disorders that are medically defined, studied, diagnosed and treated as “medicalization”. Specifically, Conrad discussed certain conditions, such as adult ADHD, as age related

The Genre of Melodrama in All That Heaven Allows by Carey Scott Sirk

643 words - 3 pages aim to appeal to their sensitive nature and emotions. Bearing that in mind, the way by which women are represented in certain melodramatic films is interesting. From a feminist’s perspective, melodramas sit closely beside romantic comedies and chick flicks and it could be argued that they are in fact a combination of the two. It does seem though that these films are destroying everything feminists have been fighting for decades for. They tend to

History of Central Eurasia by Peter Perdue

1721 words - 7 pages Peter C. Perdue, China Marches West: The Qing Conquest of Central Eurasia. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Univ. Press, 2005. Reviewed by Lee Yuk Ching. In China Marches West: The Qing Conquest of Central Eurasia, Peter Perdue gives a detailed account of the history of central Eurasia from the end of the Yuen dynasty to the successful conquest and incorporation of modern day central Eurasia into china by the early Qing emperors, as well as the

The Gang Issue of America

2256 words - 9 pages wear crosses or rosaries around their neck. At least one item of clothing a gang member is wearing will be a color that represents his or her gang. Another item that a lot of gang members have is at least one tattoo that shows his or her dedication to his or her gang. Most gangs initiate their new member by giving them a tattoo that all other gang members will recognize for that particular gang. The effects that gangs have on communities are

"Literature and Lives" by Allen Carey-Webb Ascertaining the efficacy of reader-response and cultural studies in the classroom

1527 words - 6 pages deprived of for so long, cracking the shell of the coconut to find the sweet milk that nourishes the mind, body, and soul. It is exactly these novel approaches that Allen Carey - Webb espouses in his book Literature and Lives.In an attempt to relate literature to students lives, and remove it from the esoteric and often archaic social ideologies and linguistic constructs of centuries gone by, he uses reading materials from many different disciplines

The Nutcracker by Peter Tchaikovsky

1603 words - 6 pages integrate elements of expressionism like plot distortion and stylized acting to create a fantasy world. The Nutcracker, written by Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky in 1891, was first performed a week before Christmas in 1892 (History of the Nutcracker). Born in Votkinsk, Russia, on May 7, 1840, Tchaikovsky, the son of a mining engineer, had only occasional musical training as a youth (“Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky” 1). Around the age of twenty-one, he did serious

The Investigation By Peter Weiss

528 words - 2 pages After reading The Investigation by Peter Weiss I feel completely discombobulated. I use this word with care and consideration. This, in my opinion was one of the most powerful books in the sense that it was accordingly written genuinely. The book being an actual play was at first a little confusing to figure out who was talking, the names were not given unless one of the "witness'" addressed them in their dialect. The descriptions of the

"The Maestro", by Peter Goldsworthy

808 words - 3 pages The Maestro, by Peter GoldsworthyThe novel Maestro, by Peter Goldsworthy is a beautifully crafted novel dealing with the tragic gulf between talent and genius, between the real and the spurious. Good literature, however, is often judged not only by what is written, but also the way it is written. Reflecting this criteria, Maestro is well written, perfectly contrasted and thus an excellent example of a good piece of literature. Goldsworthy has

Similar Essays

Review: True History Of The Kelly Gang By Peter Carey

1340 words - 5 pages downtrodden underclass in the harsh colonial society, would agree with Carey's sympathetic treatment of the young bushranger in True history. True history of the Kelly Gang is an audacious work, which has already been acclaimed by many as Peter Carey's masterpiece. Great novels, it is said, teach one more about the human condition than a dozen books on local history. Tolstoy's sweeping chronicles of the nobility and serfs in early nineteenth

Racism In E True History Of The Kelly Gang By Peter Carey

797 words - 4 pages The True History of the Kelly Gang is a fictional novel written by the Australian writer Peter Carey. The novel is presented as an autobiography written by the Australian bushranger, Ned Kelly, to his daughter. It portrays Ned’s life as a child and as an adult. The audience also reveals the struggles of discrimination he overcomes as an Irish in the Australian world. This novel is packed with many themes but the most obvious and eye-catching

Ned Kelly, An Analysis Of Sister Kate And The True History Of The Kelly Gang

2246 words - 9 pages ? - How did groups attempt to resolve conflict during this period? Australia, during the 19th Century, was a place of corruption, conflict and crime. Two books that extensively focus on this historical period include The True History of the Kelly Gang, By Peter Carey and Sister Kate, written by Jean Bedford. These novels centre on the lives of the notorious Kelly Family, focusing primarily on the life of a bushranger Ned Kelly, (1854

Comparative Study Between Two Texts Sister Kate And The True History Of The Kelly Gang

2246 words - 9 pages ? - How did groups attempt to resolve conflict during this period? Australia, during the 19th Century, was a place of corruption, conflict and crime. Two books that extensively focus on this historical period include The True History of the Kelly Gang, By Peter Carey and Sister Kate, written by Jean Bedford. These novels centre on the lives of the notorious Kelly Family, focusing primarily on the life of a bushranger Ned Kelly, (1854