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Representation

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Transcript of Representation

Is there an Australian Identity?
Symbolism
Australian Identity - Song Analysis
We are now going to analyse an Australian song written in the 1980's, True Blue by John Williamson.

Identify what the author means when he asks True Blue the following
rhetorical questions:
Check for understanding:
Analysed the language features (figurative and persuasive) of the song.
Compiled a response to the representation of Australian identity.

Australian Identity - Is there an Australian Identity?
Today you will:
Share your prior knowledge of Australian icons
Analyse the language in the song
True Blue
by John Williamson.
Compile your response into a PEEL to the question, 'Is this text a representation of an Australian identity?'

John Williamson
Figurative Language - Personfication
True Blue
is an example of personification (which is to give human qualities and a personality to non-human things). True Blue is personified because the idea of being loyal, hones and fair is given human tasks to perform, and is spoken to as though it is an actual person.
Check - Compile a list of at least three (3) tasks True Blue is asked to do in the song
True Blue Lyrics
Hey True Blue, don't say you've gone
Say you've knocked off for a smoko
And you'll be back later on
Hey True Blue, Hey True Blue
Give it to me straight
Face to face
Are you really disappearing,
Just another dying race,
Hey True Blue.
True Blue, is it me and you?
Is it Mum and Dad, is it a cockatoo?
Is it standing by your mate
When he's in a fight?
Or will she be right?
True Blue, I'm asking you...
Hey True Blue, can you bear the load?
Will you tie it up with wire,
Just to keep the show on the road?
Hey True Blue, Hey True Blue, now be Fair Dinkum
Is your heart still there?
If they sell us out like sponge cake
Do you really care?
Hey True Blue.
True Blue, is it me and you?
Is it Mum and Dad, is it a cockatoo?
Is it standing by your mate
When she's in a fight?
Or will she be right?
True Blue, I'm asking you...
True Blue, is it me and you?
Is it Mum and Dad, is it a cockatoo?
Is it standing by your mate
When he's in a fight?
Or will she be right?
True Blue ... True Blue.

Can you identify what these everyday expressions from the lyrics of the song mean?
In the song



My interpretation

True blue
A traditional Aussie — loyal, honest, someone who supports his/her ‘mates’
Smoko
Have a break during work or a tough activity
Fair dinkum
Honest or true — very similar to ‘true blue’
Give it to me straight
Face to face
She’ll be right
Bear the load
Keep the show on the road
Standing
Revise the structure of a PEEL paragraph

Australia is now referred to as a multicultural society. Do you feel this song is truly representative of Australia and Australians today?

Write your response in a PEEL paragraph


Can you identify what these everday expression from the lyrics of the song mean? If not ask your elbow partner.

At this time:
Australian companies like Arnott's were being sold to overseas corporations
Globalisation was being discussed publicly for the first time.

• Smoko
To 'knock off for a smoko' is to have a break for a coffee, tea or cigarette.

True Blue
Steadfast loyal Australian who displays the Aussie ideals of a fair go for all, mateship, having a go, and solving problems.


Fair Dinkum
Virtually the same as True Blue - honest, reliable, trustworthy, dinki-di; someone who has embraced the Aussie attitudes to everything, especially mateship. 'Are you fair dinkum?' means 'are you telling the truth?'

1.
To comeback from smoko

True Blue
is meant to personify loyal Australians who possess 'Australian values'. The personification allows the audience to identify with the character of True Blue. True Blue is required to demonstrate very positive qualities such as resilience, fairness, honesty and responsibility.
(a) '
Can you bear the load
? What load might the author be thinking of?

(b) 'I
s your hear still there
?"



(A
rhetorical question
is one that doesn't require a response. It is a persuasive language feature).
Symbolism means to use symbols to invest or give an object a wider more abstract meaning.
Fractured hearts
, for example, symbolises love gone awry.

What does the expression 'face to face' symbolise?

Why should the load be tied with wire rather than string or rope?

What impression do we get of True Blue in that he (or she) might have knocked off for 'smoko'?

Does the language and content of this song mythologise Australia? (a myth is a popular belief that has become associated with something, in this case Australia
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