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Transcript of Mister Pip
Mr Watts as the only white.
Mr Watts is the 'Other'. Is this power?
Or are the natives considered 'Other'?
Matilda returning home symbolises her roots.
Loss of natives identity
Bougainville is colonised.
Who gains control over 'Matilda's mind'?
Mr Watts as a colonizer?
Natives are dehumanised
Mixture of past and present.
Sense of time in Bougainville as not moving, or moving very slow
Time in Western culture seems seems to be at a much faster pace
References to Victorian England.
The novel is a memoir (narrative voice)
Colonised and coloniser
Reality and Fiction
Past and Present
Black and white
Self and Other
Home and Away
Religion and Lack of Belief
How much power do you feel that Mr Watts possesses?
How much of an impact did western culture have over Matilda?
What underlying message is Lloyd Jones giving us about identity?
Which characters do you feel more sympathy for?
Post Modern Characteristics
The power of language
Set in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea
Air and sea blockade set up in 1990 by the Papua New Guinea army
19th Century colonisation
Pip and Matilda similaraties
The influence it has over Matilda
Maintains Watts identity
Gives students sense hope
Power is threatening to the natives
Creates peace, and destruction
Watts' power as a white man
The colour blue
'We needed a magician to conjure up other worlds, and Mr Watts had become that magician'
'Political conflict is explained by Matilda in terms of colour. The colourfully complex political landscape is divided between the islanders and the soldiers'
‘Reading in class becomes a way of escaping the horrors of war through imagination.’
‘The exact relationship of the novel to the Dickensian canonical text of empire is complex and varied. It moves beyond the boundaries of decolonisation fiction, which in its oppositional use of language, its’ revisioning of colonial history and “rewriting of canonical stories” aims to destabilise the “assumption of authority, ‘voice’ and control the word” within the dominant discourse.’
'In Jones's novel the different levels of hypertext's, more or less faithful to the original, are combinations of personal and mythical stories... they make Mister Pip an intricate postmodernist and post colonial piece of fiction.'
'The dislocation of Matilda in the Metropolis center, and her relocation to the colony through a reevaluating of homeland and home coming, captures the novels concerns with the discovery of belonging'
(On Mr Watts) 'He is first a village eccentric, then a teacher, storyteller father figure, gentleman, martyr and ultimately an actor and a weak man'
'Mister Pip is less a narrative about the specifics of life on the island and more a story about other stories and their potential to allow us into the lives of others, even when that invitation is politically complex and fraught with ideological implications'
'Writers and readers reinvest meaning into Victorian classics to suit their own cultural needs'
'I had come to know this Pip as if he were real and I could feel his breath on my cheek. I had learned to enter the soul of another. '
'You cannot be any more stuck than the only white person living among black people,'