Cate Kennedy’s beliefs, views and values and social contexts. | melmilcamdodarkroots

Cate Kennedy has many different views and values that are each prominent in many of her different stories. She has expressed many modern views such as feminism, gender equality and environmentalism.

Her stories from dark roots are listed below, with a short description of the views and values that the stories represent.

What Thou And I Did, Till We Loved.
Feminism and gender equality are key aspects of this story. This story also shows her support for gay/lesbian with a character’s lack of inhibition towards this different relationship.
From the beginning of the novel we are unaware of the characters gender, suggesting we should be open to all kinds of relationships.
Cate Kennedy believes that the “helplessness” of machines that only work to keep someone physically alive while mentally they are “nothing” are insufferable.

A Pitch Too High For The Human Ear.
Family and marriage are two beliefs that Kennedy seems to always find the cracks in, marriages are often broken down or fractured and families are split asunder.

In this story Kennedy questions the importance of our own morals of what is good for us and the actual laws and what the world says is good for us.

Don’t get pregnant!!!!!

Cold Snap.
Trees have feelings too.
We can have sympathy for the rabbits death because we can relate to their cute fluffiness but trees are more often disregarded by people because they’re not cute or fluffy… Although small trees are subject to cuteness.

Kennedy shows how it is necessary for both partners to put effort into and positively contribute towards relationships for them to work.
As time goes by, people can change and sometimes you need to accommodate this new change, the rings becoming resized is like a metaphor for the modification of our personalities, of who we are.

The Testosterone Club.
Cate Kennedy provides a strong feminist tone with the ending of this story. The value of staying true to oneself in the face of adversity could also be interpreted from Monica leaving.

Dark Roots.
Cate Kennedy provides a view that shows how society can influence your actions in regards to your age. It also presents the double standard of the criticism older women face when they date younger men while there is a complete absence of criticism where older men date younger women. This promotes the reader to think about equality between men and women and whether it is fair to treat one gender this way.
The dilemma of getting older and its impact on an individuals physical and mental state. Time seems to be constantly running out.

Presenting the protagonist (a boat person) in a positive manner encourages the reader to reflect on the feelings directed towards illegal immigrants and how the stigma directed towards these individuals causes repercussions in their life. Cate Kennedy presents the reader with this view and encourages it to be shared through directing reader sympathy towards the boat people.

People can be ordinary and preform extraordinary things.
We should pay more attention to the important things in life that matter to us and not be distracted by the minuscule problems first world people face.
Observation and communication is the key to kindness and consideration of others.
Relationships are explored and the foundations for each are different and require a certain amount of uniqueness to each of the individuals in that relationship. There are two sides to a decision.
A feminist view is presented in that no women should feel any obligation or expectation of others to do anything they don’t have to.
No one should tell you what you need or want, that is for yourself to decide.
“Cherish” the things that you like.

The Light Of Coincidence.
Kennedy expresses that doing the right thing even when good luck comes your way can lead to even greater prosperity.

Kennedy shows us that family is what you make of it. The consequences that come from the actions of offspring are sometimes resultant and reflective of those who raised them. Time is another facet of the narrative, it does not stop or wait for reminiscing of the past nor does it pause for you to make the right decision.

Direct Action.
Kennedy shows the importance she feels of standing up for one’s beliefs and taking direct action to accomplish a positive contribution towards them.

The Correct Names Of Things.
This story shows us Kennedy’s feelings about ethnic diversity as well as her opinion of the past being a better time and the importance of self direction, goals as well as kindness towards strangers.

Wheelbarrow Thief.
Cate Kennedy shows how women are sometimes reduced to an accessory or trophy in an effort to satisfy the male ego.

Sea Burial.
The aspect of living “comfortably” is explored at the price of true happiness. Money can’t buy happiness for some and the narrator is one, her mother on the other hand, revels in such a chance for a high status that generally comes with money.
Living in disbelief or “turning a blind eye” is also raised, sometimes becoming immune or oblivious to things they can develop into a diminished reality once the truth has come to light.

Kill Or Cure.
Cate Kennedy lives in Benalla (the middle of nowhere) so perhaps she has experience with the monotony of living in a secluded region, much like the protagonist of this story and would share her view of the harsh and mind-numbing repetitive lifestyle.


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