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Jasper Jones- Betrayal

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Transcript of Jasper Jones- Betrayal

Betrayal is a constantly present theme through out the novel Jasper Jones and is used efficiently to add depth and relatable concepts to the story.

Focuses:
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Town's betrayal
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Family betrayal
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Self-betrayal
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Betrayal of Law enforcement
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Forms and effects of betrayal
Introduction
Jasper Jones-Betrayal
Racism-Jasper Jones
Town's Betrayal
Racism- The Lu Family
The Jones-Abandonment
-Betrayed Trust/Love

The Bucktins-Affair
-Betrayed Trust

The Wisharts-Rape
-Ignorance
-Neglect
Family Betrayal
The Jones
The Bucktins
The Wisharts
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Citizens of Corrigan are guilty of betrayal
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Blame Jasper Jones the town's 'miscreant'
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Scapegoat, someone to blame when things go wrong.
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Run off as a trouble maker
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Father is a bad influence
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Parents use him as a warning
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Mad Jack Lionel

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Eliza Wishart

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Jasper Jones

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Charlie Bucktin
Self Betrayal
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Blames himself for Rosie's death
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Rumors and assumptions going around
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Starting to believe the lies
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Lets the town think what they want
Mad Jack Lionel
Eliza Wishart
Jasper Jones
Charlie Bucktin
-Betrayed their duty to protect the citizens
-Imprisoned and beat Jasper Jones for something he did not do
-Falsely accused Jasper of kidnapping Laura Wishart
-Tried to beat a confession out of him
Betrayal of Law Enforcement
The Effects of Betrayal
Betrayal is a very prominent theme in the novel Jasper Jones, it is represented in various different contexts from Family betrayal to Self betrayal. Despite these various different contexts they are all in some way relate able.
Conclusion
The Forms of Betrayal displayed in the novel Jasper Jones are:
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Disloyalty
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Infidelity
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Dishonesty
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Traumatic
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Breach of Trust (lying and withholding truth)
The Forms of Betrayal
Mrs Lu
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Sue Findlay's son balloted through to Vietnam, husband killed
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Takes her anger out om Mrs Lu
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Scapegoat, someone to blame
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No one comes to aid Mrs Lu except her son Jeffery
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Turns a blind eye
An Lu
Is physically abused by four of the town's racists calling him a red rat as well as destroying his front garden leaving it in tatters.
Jeffery Lu
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The town is unmindful and dismissive of racism
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Jeffery, the main victim of racial comments
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Warick Trent and his gang.
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Physically and emotionally bullying
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Jeffery keeps his head held high and pushes on.
David Lionel/Jones
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After Rosie's death he went downhill
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Excessive drinking and recklessness
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Abandoned Jasper
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Jasper had to fend for himself at a young age.
Mad Jack Lionel
Ruth Bucktin
Wes Bucktin
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She cheated on her husband Wes Bucktin
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Was caught in the act by her son charlie.
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Charlie feels betrayed by his mother
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For having an affair and abandoning him
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Betrayed Charlie's trust by going behind his back and writing a novel
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Not standing up for Charlie or himself when yelled at and or hit by Ruth
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Betrayed trust and love of his son
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Shut him and his wife Rosie out
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Disapproved of their marriage
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He wanted her to abort the baby
Pete Wishart
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Is the Shire President of Corrigan
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Drinks and smokes excessively
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Physically abused and raped his eldest daughter Laura frequently
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Impregnated her
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Main reason for her suicide.
Mrs Wishart
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Ignorance and denial
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It's suspected she knew what was going on with Laura and her Father
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Didn't believe a word Laura said
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Defended him and called her own daughter a liar
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One of the factors that lead to Laura's suicide
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Blames herself for Laura's death
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Didn't do anything, just sat and watched because she was scared
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Feels guilty for not doing anything
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Blames himself for Laura's death
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For not being there the weeks before her death
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Not getting to her on time
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Believes he let Laura down by failing his duty to protect her
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Feels like he betrayed his own morals
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Feels conflicted about what to do
The effects of Betrayal displayed in the novel Jasper Jones are:
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Shock
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Loss
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Grief
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Self-doubting
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Anger
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Life altering Changes
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Distress
-Morbid Preoccupation
"I bin made to feel small all my life" (Jasper, p146)
"Jabbing her finger, she screeched the most horrible words, the nastiest things imaginable" (p.128)

"Mrs Lu just quietly reached a trembling hand out to unsheathe a serviette. Nobody took her by the shoulders."
(p.128)
"Fuck off, Cong" (p.59)

"Because Jeffery Lu was a hero today and when he got to the top they dragged him back to the bottom." (p.209)
"He's involved. He's red. He's a red! fucking! rat!........He's got a fucken card. I know it. He probably killed that young girl. Go back to Hanoi, rats." (p.204)
"He demanded they have it dealt with. He said it wasn't right, that David was dirtying the family name." (p.237)
"Your dad doesn't even but food?" (p.34)

"He fucked it all up, Charlie. No heart. He just quit. Just like that. It got to hard." (p.150)
"I've caught her fooling around with some fat old bastard while my dad is sitting at home." (p.245)
"I want to tear it up , scatter it around the room. I want to throw it back in his kind, genial face. I always thought this would be something amazing we could share, but the truth is I just feel betrayed." (p.221)
"He wasn't even sorry. He had no love in him." (p.258)
"Her mother didn't believe her, can you imagine? Not a word of it." (p.258)
"He wished it were him that had died, not Rosie Jones. (p.239)

"Jack Lionel's portrait was smudged with ink and smeared in shit, and he made no effort to wipe it clean." (p.240)
"I killed her. It's all my fault. I killed Laura." (p.250)
"I should never have gone away without tellin her first. I should have seen her sooner, I should've written at least. See, it don't matter who done this..... Jasper points at the branch overhead. Because it's my fault. It's my fault this happened." (p.143)
"We have drowned her. We are monsters (p.30)

I expect blue-suited troops to burst aad bundle into our house and cuff me from behind (p.45)

"It can't mollify that uneasy feeling that I'm about to be caught (p.45)
"So who has done that to your face then?.......Charlie, come on, mate. Who dyou reckon?'
'I honestly have no idea, I shrug. I don't.'
'Sarge. The local constabulary, Charlie.'
'What do you mean?'
'Exactly that. They asked me in for a visit, and had me locked in for the weekend.'
'What? Why? Are they allowed to do that?'
'They don't need a reason, mate. Besides, who am I going to report it to anyway?" (p.135)
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