Throughout chapter six there are many themes and language features which help to convey the narrative in order to enhance the readers understanding.
Themes which are dealt with in chapter six are; aboriginal identity, male\female relationships, and the psychological impact of gaol. These themes are shown through language features; such as; diologue, colloquial language, lyrics, and imagery.
Firstly, the theme of identity is important because it helps the reader understand the attitudes and appearance of the characters .In this chapter, there are two settings. The first one is at the milk-bar while the second is in the narrator's bedroom. The milk-bar is known as a 'bodgie' hangout place. The narrator feels that he is back to a place where he is accepted, "....the familiar surroundings glow a "welcome home" to me" (page 55).
The milk-bar is described as,
...jukebox, a mass of metal, lights and glass, commands the room, squat god worshipped and fed by footloose youth to fill their empty world with the drug delusion of romance...
This quote shows the meeting place of the bodgie groups and the atmosphere which is carried out through these types of places during the early sixties.
The fashion during the sixties of the bodgie gang is described as, "...boys peacock-gaudy long coats and narrow pants, the girls casual in dowdy dark jeans and sloppy sweaters." (Page 55). This type of fashion was "cool" during the sixties and was mainly worn by the bodgie's.
Throughout the chapter the narrator and several of his bodgie friends are always drinking. The main reason which may encourage them to drink is the sense of no hope in life and that drinking is "cool" and helps healing your broken feelings.
Music is a major factor which contributed to identity. Throughout the...