Taronga - Victor Kelleher


Discuss how the representations of groups in the novel Taronga reinforce or challenges your attitudes about these groups.
Taronga is a novel written by Victor Kelleher, which is set in Australia in 1987, two years after Last Days, a tragedy caused by Chernobyl. Australia had been pushed into anarchy, and it had become a fight for survival. The weak were killed, and the strong became stronger. In the novel Taronga, by Victor Kelleher, there are many groups which are represented, and these representations either reinforce or challenge my attitudes on these groups. The groups represented that will be discussed are heroes, males, females, leaders and survivors.
Ben, the main character of ...

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or a loud confrontation. He is also a humanitarian, as he cares for other animals, even when killing them. This reinforces my attitudes and views on heroes, as I believe that most true heroes are quiet, usually introverted, and do things to make the community better - often without receiving the recognition they deserve. The extroverted heroes, such as Superman, is what society expects, and because of this they often overlook the real heroes. On the other hand, Ben is not a passive character. He takes control of situations, such as when he arranges a meeting with Chas and tells him his plan (which was all untrue) which was the only way that he, Ellie and the animals would be able to escape from Taronga Zoo. I believe that that is how a true hero would react - he would think over the situation carefully, come up with the best solution, and act on it. Society is always hoping for the more exciting hero, the one who would go out and beat up the villains and rescue the helpless ...

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Ben, goes walking off into the sunset with. Like Ben, Ellie is quiet and submissive, yet she is not passive, as is shown when she and Ben cut a hole in the security fence and let all of the animals escape. I believe that women do not have to be beautiful to be able to take control of their lives and make a valuable contribution to society. Ellie was also proud of her heritage, and at no point was the fact that she was an Aboriginal a disadvantage to her. Her love and unselfish compassion for animals reveals a kind and loving heart, yet she still shows an inner strength which allows her determination and sense of responsibility to shine through. Lastly, Ellie responds positively ...

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