Lesson one Introduction of the students and myself Start to introduce the text( The Lieutenant) a. Author — Kate Grenville; b. Text type: historical fiction Bildungsroman from third person omniscient narration (terra nullius, gardigal people) c. overall summary of the text List of themes a. Language b. Knowledge and science c. obligation vs conscience d. Cruelty and violence e. British colonial culture Character analysis+brief quotes Daniel Rooke Analysis Lieutenant and navigator on the first fleet Socially awkward and solitude “ most dimly corner of the room” — the building location of his observatory. Struggles to articulate his thoughts and emotions as he is afraid of being “out of step with the world”— hide his cleverness/ intelligence From a young age, Rooke’s interactions with others has made it clear to him that he is different. As such this dictates his response to conflict: blaming himself or withdrawing. His connection to Tagaran through mutual empathy demonstrates his ability to overcome conflict through mutual respect Rooke is bound by duty to Her Majesty yet finds his missions in conflict with his innate instinct for moral righteousness Supporting quotes “quiet, moody, a man of few words” “he had no memories other than of being an outsider” “The service to “A gear “If humanity and service to his majesty is not congruent” of the mighty imperial machine” you were part of the machine, you were part of it’s evil.” Silk Analysis Captain Stands on the first fleet in contrast to Rooke in every respect— character foil Storyteller that is obsessed with his narrative “until a pebble was transformed into a gem”, Ignores the cruelty and violence of the Imperialist expedition in favour of an interesting story “Merely a piece of theatre”—Silk’s description of punitive expedition. Blinding opportunism that undermines his integrity His tendency to gloss over the violence committed in the name of Her Majesty reflects his loyalty to the expedition—“impartial, blind and noble”—justice Supporting quotes “man “a whose narrative was so important to him” storyteller who could turn the most commonplace event into something entertaining” Tagaran Analysis Connects Tagaran with Rooke through their mutual love for learning and language voluntarily engages with Rooke in his quest to understand their language, this surpasses the clumsy and mandatory lessons imposed on Boinbar and Warungin. Supporting quotes “Forthright, ferless, sure of herself, she looked to him like a girl who had already mastered whatever social skills her world might demand” “a clever child like Tagaran was the perfect choice: quick to learn, but innocent. Curious, full of questions but only a child” Gardiner Analysis Gardiner acts as a foil character to both Silk and Rooke, sharing the same trials and tribulations as Rooke however responding differently than Silk Rooke’s friendship with Gardiner establishes the grounds for their later discussions on language, the treatment of the natives and the imperialist machine as Gardiner sets an example of the consequences of going against the duties required of him “Oh god. They may be savages. We call them savages. But their feelings are no different from ours.” religious allusion. Brugden Analysis Brugden is portrayed as an essential element of colonising and the survival of the British fleet. As an embodiment of violence, Grenville suggests that integral to the operation of imperialism is crude and unwavering violence “Brugden, out there in the woods, that powerful chest… He would be an efficient killer” Supporting quotes “Something had happened out there in the woods about which Brudgen was remaining silent” “The prisoner, taller than anyone else, his powerful frame half bursting out of its thread bare check shirt…” Mister darkies “The gun is the only language the buggers will understand“ self assigned British superiority. Symbolism Guns are a symbol of power and destruction in The Lieutenant. Although Rooke finds guns to be satisfying examples of physics at work, he soon learns what guns can do to human bodies. The violence he sees in his first battle (in the American Revolutionary War) is horrific, and follows him for the rest of his life—though rather than disengage from the military, Rooke simply tries to never put himself in situations where he might have to use his gun. Rooke in turn applies this manner of thinking to his involvement in the military as a whole. By considering both the military and guns as simple machines—potentially harmless if handled right—Rooke ignores his own complicity in the violence that the military (and its guns) promotes. In this way, guns represent Rooke's uneasy relationship with violence, and his own conflicted feelings about his involvement in the military.