Perspectives

Literary perspective

The short story “One of My Best Friends” by Peter Goldsworthy is a modernist piece of fiction. The story deals with a contemporary issue for the author: the discrimination of Aboriginals by white Australians. 

In the story, Goldsworthy explores the idea of discrimination through the friendship between the narrator and Willy. Their friendship, just like the relationship between white Australians and Aboriginals, is based on charity rather than equality (p. 82, ll. 8-9). The short story also mentions the “hundred years of genocide” (p. 82, l. 6) suffered by Aboriginals, which is a reference to the racial discrimination against them. Therefore, the story’s focus is less on the plot and more on the dynamics between characters. This makes it ea...

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