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Feeling at home




The Rage in Placid Lake the_rage_in_placid_lake.jpg

Weekend Homework due in class on Monday:

Gemma says to Placid: ‘You can’t change who you are.’

Placid replies: ‘Of course you can. Society is built on repression and adapting to the environment. Same guy, Gemma. Different plan, that’s all.’

Who do you agree with and why? You answer should be 3-5 TEEL structured paragraphs in length and should make reference to the experience of an ‘identity crisis’. You may use the film as the basis for your discussion, but you don’t have to, and you can use personal pronouns.


While watching the film, take note of:
  • Placid’s conversation with the girl at the party – what are his comments about her identity?
  • How the filmmakers use setting and costumes to establish the identity of the characters.
  • The significance of the experience Placid has in hospital and the advice he gives himself.
  • The advice Placid gives himself in the hospital.
  • What characterises Placid’s transformation and how we know he has changed.
  • The stereotype Placid and Gemma make fun of when Placid leaves for work.
  • Why Placid’s parents so upset about his job.
  • The three words Placid uses to describe who he is trying to be.
  • The two ‘identities’ Gemma has to choose from.

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  • ‘Fearless to gutless in a single bound’
  • ‘The road more travelled’
  • ‘You won’t even try to fit in. Loser!’
  • ‘It took me a while to find out where I fit in’
  • ‘My sexuality doesn’t define me’
  • ‘You can’t change who you are.’
  • ‘Of course you can. Society is built on repression and adapting to the environment. Same guy Gemma. Different plan, that’s all.’
  • ‘You’re so not who you’re trying to be. You’re just Mr. Mimic’
  • ‘The path of least resistance – to be all things to all people’

‘Identity Crisis’ - Psychologist, Erik Erikson
An ‘identity crisis’ is the failure to achieve an identity during adolescence. During this stage of adolescence, we are faced with physical growth, sexual maturation, and integrating our ideas of ourselves and about what others think of us. We form our self-image and endure the task of forming ideas about who we are.

Those who emerge from this stage with a strong sense of identity are well equipped to face adulthood with confidence and certainty. Those who struggle with this and experience an ‘identity crisis’, will exhibit a confusion about who they are, where they belong and where they want to go.

Erikson believed that peers have a strong impact on the development of identity during adolescence and that association with negative groups can damage one’s identity development.

Australian Identity
In case you want to check out the clips again....

Australian Families

All Torn Down - The Living End

The History of Western Civilisation - TISM

Recoil - TZU

ALBERT NAMATJIRA (1902 - 1959)
Albert Namatjira is one of Australia's great artists, and perhaps the best known Aboriginal painter. His western style landscapes - so different to traditional Aboriginal art, made him famous. Fame led to Albert and his wife becoming the first Aborigines to be granted Australian citizenship. It was a significant achievement, because at this time Aborigines had few rights.

Albert's first exhibition, held in Melbourne in 1938, sold out. Exhibitions in Adelaide and Sydney drew similar enthusiasm and even the Queen liked his work. Albert was a celebrity, but not always a comfortable one. Success brought money - and Albert planned to use it to secure a future for his family. He wanted to lease a cattle station - but as an Aborigine he wasn't allowed. Next he tried to build a house in Alice Springs.Once again the law prevented him, just because he was Aboriginal. It was a strange situation. Here was a man, heralded as a top artist, treated like a celebrity and yet not even allowed to own land.

Public outrage at Albert's predicament pushed the government to grant him and his wife full citizenship in 1957. This meant they could vote, enter a hotel and build a house anywhere they chose. It took ten years for the government to grant similar rights to the rest of the Aboriginal population. As a citizen Albert could now also buy alcohol. In keeping with Aboriginal custom, Albert's friends expected him to share any alcohol he bought. But in doing this he broke white man's laws. In 1958, police charged Albert with supplying alcohol to Aboriginal people. He denied the charge, but the court didn't believe him. After two months in prison, Albert emerged a free, but broken man.stamp-euc-pap-namatjira.jpg

Albert had lost his will to paint, and to live. Albert Namatjira died in 1959 at just fifty-seven years old. His life showed white Australians the injustice of racist laws, and contributed to long overdue changes for his people.

Progress Check - Work you should have done/be doingBold questions require at least a 1 paragraph response. Others can be dot points/ short answers
  1. Check your analysis of K. Rudd’s ‘Sorry Speech’
  2. List of possible effects removing children from their families had on the stolen generation’s identities’
  3. Who is Bolt attacking and why?
  4. Which persuasive techniques does Bolt use and what are their effects?
  5. Do we belong to planet Earth, or does it belong to us? Explain your point of view.
  6. We see Mackellar’s connection to and love of Australia’s landscape in her writing. Do today’s Australian’s share the same connection?
  7. The artist sings about three ‘types’ of Australians. Do you think these ‘types’ represent all Australians? Why/why not?
  8. Write an extra verse for the song about the ‘type’ of Australian that represents you.
  9. The song says that as Australians, ‘we share a dream’. What might this dream be?
  10. What does the song say about people who live in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne? Is it true?
  11. Have you ever been treated differently because you’re from St. Albans?
  12. What does the song say about people from other areas of Melbourne?
  13. Do you think Australia’s national anthem reflects what it means to be Australian? Why/why not?
  14. What ideas should the song that represents us internationally contain?
  15. Is there a song that is more suitable? Why?

All the annotated texts we have discussed in class

Writing Workshop