Essay topic: In â€˜Sometimes Gladnessâ€™ Dawe is both amused and frustrated by the society and individuals around him discuss. (800-850 words).
Bruce Dawe once said â€œI write out of a concern for things that are going on around me.â€ This is evident throughout his writings in â€˜Sometimes Gladness Dawe combine humour and seriousness regarding the contemporary Australian society around him. The particular values held by Australian individuals really bother Dawe â€œa pure unadulterated fringe of sky, littered with stars no one has got around to fixing up yet.â€ Dawe portrays Australian society as a consumer society who is always demanding more like the stars not being bright enough. Dawe consistently focuses on the smaller picture of life to show to the reader his frustration and amusement of the cycle of life.
Dawe expresses his amusement in â€˜Life-cycleâ€™ in a satirical manner suggesting football with its rituals such as, â€œhot pies and potato-crisps they will eatâ€ and heroes like â€œChicken Smallhorn.â€ has replaced religion as a central focus for many Australians. Dawe through the â€˜life-cycleâ€™ as the title suggests of a footy fan explores the religious experiences lived by the individual. The child is born into a football-dominated world and has confirmed to this lifestyle before even setting foot into this world. â€œThey are wrapped in the club-colours, laid in beribboned cots, having already begun a lifetimeâ€™s barracking.â€ The sight of the childâ€™s first football match is seen â€œhoisted shoulder-highâ€ rising from the â€œinnocent monstersâ€ they have been living as and elevates to a sight of heaven, â€œthe daylightâ€™s roaring empyrean.â€ This piece is not biting satire but a gentle laugh at the expense of football fans. Dawe likens them to religious devotes.