The Children. Wendy Catherine Sylvia Yoyo. Author&Plot Overview. Characters Analysis. Text Analysis. Q&A. Author&Plot Overview. Awarded t he Gold Medal of the Australian Literature Society Received t he Patrick White Award Became a Member of the Order of Australia.
1.Keeping silent (saying a few words)——ecaping from the matter.
2.Talking more(interrupting the reporter’s words)——wanting to pour out his bitterness.
3.Asking questions(“You know, don’t you?” (p229), “What would you expect me to do?”(p230)——looking for the same feeling from others.
●moving the plot along
●making up the character
The narrator of the article
Q:Why couldn’t Allen bear thesight of his own kids?
A: Because when Allen saw his own kids, he would think of the children who died in the fire.
Q: What happened in the story?
A: Just as Wendy said.
Q: Why did his wife bang the door at the sight of the Weekly journalist ?
Q: Who died in the fire?
A: Because in the novel, Allen said his wife couldn’t face anybody.
A: The twenty school children.
An ordinary person
A: The lie was villagers thought that he drove the truck not because he wanted to save the school children but his own kids.
Allen thought that there were plenty to blame besides him: the Forestry Commission, the Education Department, and everybody in the Burt’s Creek and Yileena.
A: According to Allen’s saying: “Another newshawk.”(p227 ), we could know that after the fire, there may be a lot of journalists go to Allen’s home and ask questions about the fire and Allen’s choice. Having received villagers’ blame and journalists’ malevolent questions, Allen was hostile to them.
Q: What was the lie?
Who should be blamed for the fire according to Allen?
A: We do not think there was any chance to save the children even if Allen turned back, because the fire was everywhere, the smoke is everywhere, no one could save any children under that circumstance.
Because there was fire everywhere even in the truck when Allen went back to save the children, but his wife disagreed and grabbed the wheel. Then, Allen gave up to go back.
Q: Was there any chance even if he turned back to the school?
A: We don’t think Allen was selfish, because that is human’s instinct.
In such a situation, we may do the same thing as Allen does.
A: On his way to school, he saw that there was smoke showing at the back of his house, and there was no smoke showing in the school. Beside, the wind was in the north-east, he had a good truck and there was a fair track right through from his place to the school. So, he went to his home first.
But the villagers thought Allen was selfish and he ignored the children’s life.
Q: Do you think he was selfish? In such a situation, what will you do?