Hamlets madness thesis

It wasn’t only in her childhood that Wright experienced isolation, frustration and hopelessness. Hers was not to be a fairy-tale ending. After graduating from the girls’ school, Wright studied philosophy, English, Psychology and history at the University of Sydney. Noteworthy here is that, in 1933, it was not customary for country girls to attend the University of Sydney. University was, traditionally, very much a male domain. At the beginning of World War II, she returned to her father’s station to help during the shortage of labour caused by the war. This return to her family may have been difficult for Wright. She may have harboured her own post-graduate ambitions which were now stymied by family and social obligations. On her return to New England, she would have experienced the “coal face” of a changing rural economy which was impacting on a fragile landscape to which she was intimately attached. She would have observed the loss of the old stories and unique identity of the people and the landscape. She would have observed the increasingly sharp divisions between the pastoralists and the original inhabitants of the land. Her poetry resonates with the stories of an English colonial culture becoming increasingly irrelevant in the distinctive Australian landscape.

Hamlets madness thesis

hamlets madness thesis

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