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We are going by oodgeroo noonuccal

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Analysis of "We Are Going" by Oodegeroo noonuccal

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We are going by oodgeroo noonuccal

  1. 1. Presented by: Freddy Baiwal Josman Ghani Nigel Lawai Willie Norhilman Bin Hussin Rachel Chin Mui Yin 1SKBS2213 Selected Literary Works
  2. 2. They came in to the little town A semi-naked band subdued and silent All that remained of their tribe. They came here to the place of their old bora ground Where now the many white men hurry about like ants. Notice of the estate agent reads: 'Rubbish May Be Tipped Here'. Now it half covers the traces of the old bora ring. 'We are as strangers here now, but the white 2SKBS2213 Selected Literary Works
  3. 3. We are the old ceremonies, the laws of the elders. We are the wonder tales of Dream Time, the tribal legends told. We are the past, the hunts and the laughing games, the wandering camp fires. We are the lightening bolt over Gaphembah Hill Quick and terrible, And the Thunderer after him, that loud fellow. We are the quiet daybreak paling the dark lagoon. We are the shadow-ghosts creeping back as the camp fires burn low. We are nature and the past, all the old ways Gone now and scattered. The scrubs are gone, the hunting and the laughter. The eagle is gone, the emu and the kangaroo are gone from this place. 3SKBS2213 Selected Literary Works
  4. 4. Pain of dispossession Cry for help from the aborigine's people White people are considered as ant since they are busy at work and hurrying like ant Bora grounds The aboriginals felt neglected and left out by the white people They are considered as strangers even though they are the real owner of the sacred island Treated like they don't belong in Australia 4SKBS2213 Selected Literary Works
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  6. 6. The eagle is gone, the emu and the kangaroo are gone from this place. The bora ring is gone. The corroboree is gone. And we are going.’ • Portrays how the life of aboriginal would be • Destroyed culture 6SKBS2213 Selected Literary Works
  7. 7. Colonization Dispossession Oppression 7SKBS2213 Selected Literary Works
  8. 8. 1. P e r s o n i f i c a t i o n - "Thunderer after him, that loud fellow" (S4, L2) 2. S i mi l e - "White men hurry about like ants" (S1, L5) 3. H y p e r b o l e - "...town a semi-naked band subdued and silent" (S1, L1-2) 8SKBS2213 Selected Literary Works
  9. 9. 4. A l l i t e r a t i o n - "...subdued and silent" (S1, L2) 5. S y mb o l i s m - "We are the past, the hunts..." (S3, L3) 6. R e p e t i t i o n - "The bora ring is gone, the corroboree is gone" (S5, L4-5) 7. Me t a p h o r - "We are the lightning bolt over Gaphembah Hill" (S3, L4) 9SKBS2213 Selected Literary Works
  10. 10. • Suffer from the dispossession and cultural disinheritance which results into lost of identity, spirituality, way of life, happiness and freedom • Loss of hope • Confused and worried DESPAIR, DEPRESSED, ANXIOUS 10SKBS2213 Selected Literary Works
  11. 11. Results from: • The pain of dispossession of the aboriginals’ right to cultural acceptance. • Ownership of their homeland • The whittling away of the traditional aboriginal ways MELANCHOLY (A Deep And Long- lasting Sadness) & GLOOMY 11SKBS2213 Selected Literary Works
  12. 12. We must have enough courage and self- confidence to voice out our opinions and thoughts when someone is trying to overtake our roles, power and rights. We must uphold and maintain our traditions and culture and build a strong unity among each member of the community We must be patient no matter how hard the obstacles are We must love our country 12SKBS2213 Selected Literary Works
  13. 13. 1. Explain the meanings of "we are going" and state the differences of each meaning. 2. Why do the whites have different perceptions on the bora ring? 3. For the poem we are going, Oodgeroo Noonuccal was criticised for not being poetic. Why was she criticised for this poem? 13SKBS2213 Selected Literary Works
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