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Remembering Babylon: Psychological Introspection

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Psychological Introspection by: Priyanka Narvekar, Shannon Dupont, and Madhukar Reddy
Topics
Major Characters
Gemmy Fairley
Lachlan Beattie
Janet McIvor

Gemmy
Factors that Instigate Self- Exploration
Janet
Factors that Instigate Self- Exploration:
Lachlan
Factors that Instigate Self- Exploration
Attitudes in Australia Today
What is Psychological Introspection?
Definition: Means of learning about one's own currently ongoing or past mental states or processes.
- Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
"Knowing Yourself is
the Beginning of
All
Wisdom"

-Aristotle
Traumatic childhood memories
Culture shock from changing social environments
Isolation
Evidence
“He would listen, and in one part of himself, the part that belonged to their tribal life, he believed, but in some other part he did not. There was a different story, he thought, which was his alone and secret: which had another shape, and might need, for its telling, the words he had in his mouth
when they first found him, and had lost; though not he thought, forever.”
Malouf, 27
Evidence (cont.)
“He saw things through its eyes in bewildering flashes, and found himself shaken with sobs, but where the tears came from so suddenly, and why, he could not tell. A stranger, a child it might be, who had never wept, was weeping in him.”
Malouf 31
“Having known no better life than this, he cannot imagine one. Willett provides the only bit of closeness he has ever been offered, and since he has nothing else to love, he loves him with a fierce
intensity, a fear too, which is the greatest he knows, that he may get lost, or that Willett one day may
abandon him, taking with him the whole world as he conceives it...”
Malouf 148
Connection to Gemmy
Big Fish in a Little Pond
Evidence
“She pored over books, anything she could lay her hands on that offered some promise that the world was larger, more passionate, crueller – even that would be a comfort – than the one she was bound to.”
Malouf 58
“One day, hunched in the shade of a scrubby lemon tree, picking idly at a scab on her knee, she was amazed, when the hard crust lifted, to discover a colour she had never seen before, and another skin, lustrous as a pearl. A delicate pink, it might have belonged to some other creature altogether, and the thought came to her that if all the rough skin of her present self crusted and came off, what would be revealed, shining in sunlight, was this finer being that had somehow been covered up in her.”
Malouf 59
“It was the moment she would think of later – more even than the more ordinary and alarming one that came soon after – as the true moment of her growing up.”
Malouf 127
Challenges of the Transitionary Period
Life in Scotland vs. Life in Australia
Growing up
Evidence
Evidence (cont.)
"He was filled with a sense of his own lightness. Some heavier self had been laid asleep in him, and another woken that was all open to the westering glow in which the drab bush trees along his way found a kind of beauty..." Malouf 92
White- Aborigine Relations
-1799: "Black Wars" --> six year period of resistance to white settlement
-1804: settlers authorized to shoot unarmed aboriginal people
-1814/1815: "Native Institution" created to civilise, educate, and foster habits of decency in the aboriginees
-1830: beginning of forced removal
1886: Victorian Aboriginees Protection Act; made the aboriginees "half-castes"
-1901: Aboriginal people excluded from the vote, pensions, employment, and enlistment; all non-whites banned from the country
Race Relations
Nearly half of all Australian residents from a culturally and linguistically diverse background have experienced racism at some time in their life
During the past year, 1 in 8 people living in Australia was a target of racial discrimination (around 2.6 million people)
7 in 10 teenagers have experienced racism
3 in 4 Indigenous Australians regularly experience racism
Source: Racism in Australia - All Together Now
Distinctive Ethnic Minorities are more likely to be subjected to racism (Arabs, Africans, Jews, Muslims).
Racial Stereotyping is common. It's even done on public platforms and mass media outlets such as the radio.
Racism and race crimes are both on the rise.
Source: "Racism Exists in Australia- Are We Doing
Enough to Address It?"
(Australian Human Rights Commission)
June 2013: An Indian entrepreneur was verbally abused and beaten up by a gang of teenagers near Melbourne.

December 2012: Two Indian women were attacked on bus by a woman who slapped them while racially abusing them in an attack termed by Ted Bailleu as "sickening."

Source: International Business Times

2005 Cronulla Riots: In the Sydney suburb of Cronulla, volunteer lifeguards were attacked by men of a Middle Eastern appearance. The incident resulted in mob violence as over 5000 people engaged in racial rioting, attacking people who looked of foreign descent, especially Middle Eastern.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald

Pauline Hanson: Politician who became infamous for her racist views (reverse racism, Australia was being "swamped by Asians" who formed "ghettos" and "did not assimilate." In 2006, she asserted that Africans brought disease into Australia.
Source: The Age
2005 Cronulla Riots
Protests Following Attacks on Indian Students
"What a high minded, fastidious little theorist he had been. Was youth an excuse? Unhappiness? He no longer thought so."
Malouf 179
"But there had been something deeper, even then. It was the fear that Mr. Frazer, for all his embarassing effusions. might be right. That what they were dealing with, in Gemmy, might be closer to them, to him, than he knew."
Malouf 179
Lachlan
Factors that Instigate Self- Exploration
Challenges of the Transitionary Period
Life in Scotland vs. Life in Australia
Growing up
Jock
Factors that Instigate Self- Exploration;
Insecurities
Self- Judgemental
People Pleaser
Ellen
Factors that Instigate Self- Exploration
Reflection on Experiences
Hardships
Andy
Factors that Instigate Self- Exploration
Has a lot to prove
Tries way too hard to be liked
pg.106
Evidence:
"He had a powerful sense of the springing of his torso from the rots of his belly. He had known nothing like this! He was bringing a prisoner in. Armed with nothing, too, but his own presumptuous daring and the power of make- believe." (Malouf 4)
"...he blushed now to recall a time when he had regarded it as a sign of his power. How puffed up he had been with his importance! What a fool he must have appeared to the very fellows he had meant to impress!" (Malouf 158)
"What he distrusted in himself was a tendency, a girlish one he thought, to let his affections rule. It was a weakness he was determined to stamp out. Still, there were days when he could not bear the look Gemmy wore..." (Malouf 158)
Attitudes in Australia Today
Character Traits
Egalitarian Society
Strong Sense of Family
Independent
Directness
Resilient
Hard Worker and Physically Competent
Works Cited
"Challenges Facing the Indigenous Community Today." ,
Indigenous People Today, Aboriginal People and Torres Strait Islanders, SOSE Year 6, WA. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Sept. 2013.
"Australian Aboriginal History Timeline." - Creative Spirits. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Sept. 2013.
"Casually and Comfortably Racist." The Age. N.p., 1 June 2013. Web. 25 Sept. 2013.
Malouf, David. Remembering Babylon. London: Vintage, 1994. Print.
"Mob Violence Envelops Cronulla." Sydney Morning Herald. N.p., 11 Dec. 2005. Web. 25 Sept. 2013.
Mukhopadhyay, Sounak. "Racism Check: Another Indian Attacked in Australia." International Business Times. N.p., 17 July 2013. Web. 25 Sept. 2013.
"People, Culture and Lifestyle - About Australia - Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and
Trade." Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Sept. 2013.
"Quotes About Introspection." Goodreads. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Sept. 2013.
"Racism in Australia." All Together Now RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Sept. 2013.
Schwitzgebel, Eric, Schwitzgebel,. "Introspection." Stanford University. Stanford University, 02 Feb. 2010. Web. 25 Sept. 2013.
Szoke, Helen. "Racism Exists in Australia – Are We Doing Enough to Address It?" Australian Human Rights
Commission. N.p., 16 Feb. 2012. Web. 25 Sept. 2013

Evidence:
"He had a powerful sense of the springing of his torso from the rots of his belly. He had known nothing like this! He was bringing a prisoner in. Armed with nothing, too, but his own presumptuous daring and the power of make- believe." (Malouf 4)

"...he blushed now to recall a time when he had regarded it as a sign of his power. How puffed up he had been with his importance! What a fool he must have appeared to the very fellows he had meant to impress!" (Malouf 158)

"What he distrusted in himself was a tendency, a girlish one he thought, to let his affections rule. It was a weakness he was determined to stamp out. Still, there were days when he could not bear the look Gemmy wore..." (Malouf 158)
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