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The Themes In The Aboriginal. Essay

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The Themes in the Aboriginal orPost-colonial LiteratureLike all human societies, Aboriginal society has operated on a core set of values and beliefs that are complex and form the basis for religious practice and ways of being and doing. Under the power of control and uneven treatment, aboriginal people have their sincere view of nature, home, language, religion, hope, life and death. The literature, which played a reflective as well as a constructive part in the development of aboriginal society, reflects their culture and believes.One of the common themes, that aboriginal people or postcolonial people write about is the sense of being independent. The consciousness of breaking the power of control exists in literature. Such as in Salman Rushdie's " 'Commonwealth literature' does not exist", he indicates that Indian literature should be independent, but not as a branch of British literature."I admitted that I had begun to find this strange term, 'commonwealth literature,' unhelpful and even a little distasteful." (Page 366 "Concert of Voices") Salman Rushdie announces that the literature of India is not under the title commonwealth literature. He feels the word "commonwealth" is insulting and distasteful. What essentially makes him feel distasteful is not the word itself, but the connection with English literature and position on the periphery. Postcolonial countries wish to be independent, not only in politics but also in culture, literature, and language. With an ironical tone, Salman Rushdie says that Commonwealth literature is a new and badly made umbrella. It is badly made because literature should be categorized under nationality. Although Indian literature, Australian literature, or Canadian literature are written in English language, that does not means they belong to any branch of English literature. Their differences were so much more significant than their similarities. The writers strongly present their own characteristics, which distinguish from others."By now 'Commonwealth literature' was sounding very unlikable indeed. Not only was it a ghetto, but it was actually an exclusive ghetto. And the effect of creating such a ghetto was, is, to change the meaning of the far broader term 'English literature'-which I'd always taken to mean simply the literature of the English language -into something far narrower, something topographical, nationalistic, possible even racially segregationist."(Page 368 "Concert of Voices") Salman Rushdie uses very strong words "racially segregationist" to describe commonwealth literature. The essential of commonwealth is racial problems, the countries which were British colonies be treated specially. The literatures of these countries are grouped in commonwealth literature, because in history they were British colonies. Even though these countries become independent, people still see them related with British. The fact, that these countries were controlled, oppressed, ruled, influenced and spoliated by...

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