Essay about Deadly Unna

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As a result of what happens, Garys perspective of life and people of the Port changes.

Deadly Unna is a novel written by Phillip Gwynne about fourteen year old Blacky and his life at the Port. The novel is based around the game of football but deals with many issues facing adolescents such as racism, human behaviour, courage and morals, violence, sacrifice and relationships.
What Blacky learns is that his town is racist, learns to stand up for what he believes in
Blacky discovers how racist his town is.

It seemed that Blacky was not aware of how racist his friends were. The footy team's attitude between the Nungas and Goonyas was very serious. They always made racial comments among themselves and Blacky's reaction was to go along
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The next event was when Blacky stood up to his father for painting over all the "BOONGS PISS OFF" signs. It was like Blacky's father wanted the sign on his shed.
Blacky reacted by saying "I can't put it back" when his father asked him to repaint the sign back. Blacky at the end of this incident developed awareness that his friends, family and town were all racist.
Before the award incident, Blacky didn’t seem to notice any of the racism going on around him and if it wasn’t for the award, Blacky might have continued to ignore all of the racism.
After what happens Blacky learns to stands up for what he believes in
The summer also brings the tragic death of Dumby. Blacky’s determination to attend Dumby’s funeral marks a turning point. He knows his actions will sacrifices his relationship with his friends and family put an end to his blossoming friendship with Cathy and bring the full weight of his father’s rage upon him. Nevertheless, he does get to the funeral and the experience gives him the courage to make a further stand. It is clear when he and his siblings paint over the ‘BOONGS PISS OFF’ graffiti, how much he has matured. He is standing up for something important. Although he knows that he can’t change the attitudes of the Port overnight and the slogan may well reappear, he also knows he has at last taken responsibility for something he can change,
‘not forever, but for tonight anyway’.


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