Dougy James Moloney Essay Writing

Gracey (9780702226106)[1] is a young adult novel written by AustralianauthorJames Moloney and first published in 1994 by University of Queensland Press. By 2013 the National Library of Australia listed 24 editions of the novel in a variety of formats including book, audio book, braille and e-book.[2] It is the second book in the Gracey trilogy, the first being Dougy (1993) and the third Angela (1998) In 1995 it was an Honour Book in the category of Older Readers in the Children's Book Council of Australia Awards.[3] It is also part of the Kerry White collection of Australian children's books.[4]

James Moloney wrote about his reasons for writing Gracey:

After Dougy, I didn't intend to keep the story going.... For young black kids in their late teens and early twenties, there were few opportunities - for jobs, for esteem in the community, for access to the things that most young men want such as a car, a bit of money in the pocket, a bit of excitement. This leads into a cycle of helplessness and then hopelessness, often getting them into trouble with the law for mainly petty offences.

I thought Raymond might go the same way ... Gracey had gone off to a boarding school and started to wonder whether she would lose her identity. The idea for the bones ...makes an interesting concept - that a modern Australian town is built over the bones of those killed so that it could be built.[5]

Plot summary[edit]

Gracey and her white friend named Bob are spending their last holidays in Cunningham with her mother and brothers Dougy and Raymond . They attend Hamilton College in America and are visiting Cunningham where Graceys family have moved. Gracey is uncomfortable and embarrassed by her family while Bob is enjoying the visit.

While playing in some trenches Dougy comes across some bones which appear to him to be human. At Gracey's suggestion he Gracey and Bob take them to the police where the bones are taken away from him. The police investigate and discover more bones.

Back in Brisbane Gracey's English teacher gives Gracey a few books on aboriginal history and deaths. Gracey is at first disinterested as she wants is to fit in and be a "white girl". but further research reveals the origin of the bones Dougy found. Gracey returns to Cunningham when her mother dies and a series of violent and tragic incidents cause Gracey to reassess her outlook. The story is narrated by Gracey and Dougy.[6]

Themes[edit]

  • Interpersonal relationships : Gracey prefers her white friend Angela and is embarrassed by her black family and their seeming hopelessness. She lacks a closeness with her brothers Dougy and Raymond, her mother and their community [6]
  • Identity : Gracey feels more at home with her white friends and the community in Brisbane. She doesn't want to be black living in Cunningham although events bring about a change in her attitudes [6]
  • Racial issues : the issues facing an Aboriginal person and their struggles in a white dominated community [6] race

The Gracey Trilogy[edit]

The Gracey Trilogy includes:

References[edit]

External links[edit]

http://www.jamesmoloney.com.au/

Dougy (ISBN 0702224995) [1]) is a young adult novel written by James Moloney and first published in 1993 by University of Queensland Press. By 2013 the National Library of Australia listed 18 editions of the novel in a variety of formats including book, audio book, braille and e-book.[2] It is the first book in the Gracey trilogy, followed by Gracey (1994) and Angela (1998) In 1994 it was an Honour Book in the category of Older Readers in the Children's Book Council of Australia Awards.[3] James Moloney taught for 2 years in outback Queensland and his observation from that time developed into the novel. "I watched aboriginal children growing up, the difficulties they faced, the close family relations that mean so much and the ingrained prejudice of the dominant white culture around them." [4] The book is dedicated to Douglas Collins, a student Moloney taught, who collapsed and died during a rugby game.

Plot summary[edit]

The story as told by Dougy tells us about an aborigine family living in southwest Queensland, Australia. Dougy is thirteen years old and lives in government subsidised housing with a seldom seen alcoholic father. His sister Gracey is a talented runner who wins a scholarship to a private school and this leads to resentment from the white community who see it as another government handout. The blacks and white live an uneasy co-existence but when an alarming incident occurs the underlying racial tension surfaces and violence erupts.[5]

Themes[edit]

The are several themes in the book relevant to teenagers and these make it useful as a set text in senior schools

  • Relationships : between Dougy and Gracey and their family, mistrust between black and white communities; the closeness and support within the black community[5]
  • Identity : Dougy and Gracey lack of knowledge of and interest in their Aboriginality[5]
  • Racial issues : the uneasy co-existence of the black and white communities; resentment by white of blacks receiving government money; stereotyped attitudes[5]
  • Aboriginal Spirituality : connection to the land and stories through the legend of the Moodagudda[5]

The Gracey Trilogy[edit]

The Gracey Trilogy includes:

References[edit]

External links[edit]

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