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Transcript of No Sugar
In the language of colonialism, non-European and indigenous peoples occupy the same symbolic space as women. Both are seen as part of nature, not culture.
Do they exist in the same symbolic space?
To what extent is this true of the characterisation of white women, and natives in No Sugar? Has Davis resisted these stereotypes in his construction of either of both?
A look at the question
Contrasts within himself- a fractured identity
Stereotypical Aboriginal male
Inebriated with alcohol, dangerous, wild and threatening
Knows stuff about politics:“You reckon blackfellas are bloody mugs. Whole town knows why we're goin'. 'Coz wetjelas in this town don't want us 'ere, don't want our kids at the school, with their kids and old Jimmy Mitchell's tight 'coz they reckon Bert 'awke's gonna give him a hiding in the election. [The constable says] you don't even vote. [Jimmy says] I know more about wetjelas gubment than you do...” (Page 50)
Character of binary oppositions
Women of No Sugar
In the 1930's women were viewed as productive and rugged, albeit diminutive members of society, and not suitable for most traditional forms of paid employment.
Miss Dunn, Matron Neal and Sister Eileen
Mr Neal follows the words of J. Ernest Regan “a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.”
David is reluctant to be checked for scabies “[He doesn't move. Billy prods him with the whip.]” to which Matron replies “Billy!” as to scald him for using the whip.
Matron treats them with dignity.
Compassionate and caring
Nyoongar people valued age
Age granted authority
She “Charges at them, grabbing both by the hair and pulling viciously.... She takes her wahna stick and gives them both a solid poke in the ribs. They separate and get up reluctantly.” (page 30)
By Kellan Maka
Gender in No Sugar
In western colonial culture women were looked down upon, and it was characteristical of this patriarchal culture to assume that Aboriginals were of the same symbolic space as women.
aboriginals believe both genders to be equal
They view both genders as essential parts of society
The white women of No Sugar fill a role of compassion
Jack Davis has created a stage comedy that criticizes the Australian colonial culture's alienation of the Aboriginal people and the corruption and hypocrisy of Western society in the early 19th century.