"Growing Up" by Anthony Hill | Analysis

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Præsentation af teksten

Titel: “Growing Up”
Forfatter: Anthony Hill
Udgivet i: Growing Up and Other Stories (1999)
Genre: Novelle

Anthony Hill (f. 1942) er en amerikansk forfatter og journalist. Han startede sin skrivekarriere som journalist og debuterede først sent som skønlitterær forfatter i 1988. I mellemtiden drev han i en årrække en antikvitetsbutik.  Samtidig med sin litterære karriere var han også i en længere periode taleskriver for Australiens generalguvernør.


Her kan du læse en forsmag på bogens indhold:

The narrator’s attitude when Evan invites him to spend a weekend over at his family’s property is one of excitement and anticipation: “ ‘Would I what!’ I yelped. (…) All that day we talked about what we were going to do over the weekend.”  (p. 3, ll. 7-10)

For him, the visit would have been something out of the ordinary. But, unlike his mother who cares about how the narrator presents himself there (having proper clothes) and how he will be treated, the narrator does not place too much importance on these details: “I told her not to be silly. Them things didn’t mattered. Who cared?  But Mum said people like Mrs Davis would care…” (p. 3, ll. 32-33)

However, when his mother does buy him appropriate new clothes, he is happy and excited to have them, and aware of his mother’s sacrifice: “I never had so many new clothes before. Not all at once. I couldn’t believe it. I must have cost Mum a packet—more than five pounds, which was worth ten dollars…a lot of money then.” (p. 4, ll. 4-6)

When the narrator finds out his visit to Evan’s house is cancelled because of Evan’s sister’s racial prejudices, the narrator is clearly saddened and disappointed. But his wounded pride prevents him from showing it: “I thought I was going to cry, right then and there. But I wouldn’t. I wouldn’t let him see.” (p. 4, ll. 27-28)

After this episode, the narrator distances himself from Evan, because he concludes that whites and Aboriginals can never overcome racial prejudices.

This is why, at the end of the story, the adult narrator is convinced that Aboriginals will always be discriminated by the whites and warns his child/children about it:

So that’s what I mean when I tell you to be careful and not get hurt, like my mum said. No, I’m not saying you mustn’t be friends with the white kids, but just to watch your step—as I had to—and don’t expect too much. (p. 5, ll. 7-9)

All in all, the narrator comes across as an adult who has been deeply marked by his childhood experience with his white friend Evan. That experience taught him that, ultimately, Aboriginals will always be victims of racial discrimination.

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