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Module C: Representation and Text - Representing People and

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Ghiwa Charbel

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Module C: Representation and Text - Representing People and Landscapes
The Hawthorn Hedge
Moving South
Rubric, Module & Elective
Outline: Explores the way in which relationships between the lives of individuals or groups are authenticated, remembered or imagined through landscapes.
Personal understanding: Thus, the rubric is particularly referring to the way in which landscapes both influence and represent the meaning of life and perspectives of the individual
Judith Wright

'How medium of production, textual form, perspective and choice of language influence meaning.'

'... Imaginative, interpretive and analytical composition...'
Judith Wright?
- Judith Wright's entire poetry directly depicts her love for the harsh, Australian landscape whilst simultaneously demonstrating the effect of the European colonisation on the Indigenous and their relationship with their identity and the land.
- Hence, her poetry as a whole depicts the cycle of life for the Aborigines, as evident in her commitment to caring for the landscape.

Main Concepts:
The ever-changing landscapes mirror the erratic nature of human relations in connection to their social values and instincts.
Nature is evocative of motives and the reciprocity of such in the attitudes and values with interaction with others.
A plant native to England, grown in Australia due to the European settlement.
a barrier that both restricts individuals from exiting, as well as protects them from the world encompassing
- "tall" to accentuate the height of the hedge.
depicts the dominance of the Europeans throughout the time of settlement.

to suggest a limited engagement with the Australian landscape due to the hurdle - the hedge
to the demeaning motives of the Europeans throughout colonisation e.g. paternalistic policy of protection
to accentuate the neglect and deterioration of the Indigenous

to represent that when the hedge becomes bare, the person is fearful of being exposed.

the destructive winter wind with Spring, "white bud sets" - whereby it attracts life
to show that the hedge a form of protection against the world encompassing

from first stanza to emphasise that she constantly lives in the past and is always in a state of reminiscing.
Hedge is
of her isolation from the land and the people

of 'her' to show that initially, the potential for her to be enriched by the natural landscape was significant
High modality
to indicate that the climate and the seasonal conditions on specific landscapes directly influence the lives and experiences of people
Olfactory imagery

to convey the harshness of the landscape and the Europeans with their interactions with the Indigenous

to demonstrate a desire connection that had been stripped of the Aborigines, much like their identity by the invaders.
Negative connotations
of deceit and mistrust


to typify the extent to which summer's dishonesty, symbolic of the European values as opposed to reflection of the appreciation of the landscape

to the constant change of seasons and thus, the constantly changing landscape due to the European settlers and their new claim on the territory
Sunday Evening - Russell Drysdale
High modality

to indicate dreams of the future
The slanted, wilted
tree embodies autumn
, symbolically alluding to a time of loss of Indigenous value and morality
The helpless
facial expression
of the poor-postured, seated woman, is a further validation of the restriction of the Aboriginal rights through the demeaning European social values
The differing tints of blue in the sky convey the differing emotions of the natives and the settlers.
Lighter blue near the grounds
: represents the Aborigine's love and appreciation of the landscape and its harshness
Darker blue higher above:
conveys the apparent loss of hope with the intrusion of the Europeans
to direct the responders to the most prominent aspect which is the woman in the white apron - the Indigenous
contrasting hues
of the upper-class' dark clothing to that of the lower-class' ragged, bright clothing signify induced labour and a masked hope for a brighter future
man towering above the seated, dully-occupied woman is a representation of the European motives to exploit the Aborigines' rights
Key Idea 1:
Both poems, '
The Hawthorn Hedge
' and
'Moving South
' are a direct depiction of the effects of the colonialist's dispossession of the Aborigines.
'Sunday Evening
' by Russell Drysdale also depicts this.
Both Judith and Russell depict the extent to which nature mirrors human relations in correlation to social values and human instinct.
Such is evident in all texts through the emphasis of nature and its harshness, whilst also comparing it to the harshness of individuals.
Key Idea 2:
Judith's suite of poems are a rendering of the wrongs that were inflicted on the natives of the Australian land.
Such is also evident in Drysdale's painting, 'Sunday Evening', whereby the abuse of power is evident within the interaction of people through the landscape
All texts thus use nature to depict an individual's motives as evident within their attitudes
Judith Wright and Russell Drysdale both convey similar concepts, however, the textual forms in which such are conveyed differ.
Judith Wright conveys the representation of people through the landscape through poetry, whereby Russell does so through a visual image, a painting.
Judith chooses to focus on nature, whereby the landscape within 'The Hawthorn Hedge' and 'Moving South' is fraught with antithesis to accentuate the way in which relationships between the lives of individuals remembered
Russell, however, chooses to facilitate both the landscape as well as the individuals themselves, through their facial expressions and posture, in order to communicate this also
Impact on Responder:
Urges the responders to fathom the extent to which the Europeans limited the Aboriginal people in terms of their expression for the love of the land.
This also accentuated human relations influenced through differing social values
Impact on Responder:
Allows for the allusion to the difficulties of the Aborigines throughout the time of European settlement, mainly emphasising the Stolen Generation
It also emphasises Judith's commitment to the Australian landscape, allowing for a stronger and timeless connection with the author, stimulating a sense of respect and empathy
Impact on Responder:
The module, elective and the painting itself directly stimulate the responder in such a way that their attention is captured to appropriately communicate the diminishing hope of the Indigenous.
This results in a sense of guilt and shame upon realising the hidden motives of the settlers, as conveyed within the landscape.
Not only so, but the visual techniques facilitated further accentuate the extent to which the landscape influences and represents the meaning of life of different individuals.
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