Romulus, My Father Romulus, My Father written by Raimond Gaita was first published in 1998 based on a real life story that took place in Victoria, Australia. This novel has won the 1998 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award and successful leading to the release of a second book, After Romulus. Romulus, My Father focuses on the life of a migrant during World War 2 and the troubles they had to face in order to survive. With the story being told through the eyes of Raimond, we are placed on a rollercoaster with ups and downs from 1922 right through 1996. In the novel, Romulus my Father, Romulus is seen as an admirable character who has gone through many hardships and struggles throughout his life just for the sake of his son’s good. He was also a father who worked both day and night just to find enough money for his family. Early stages of the novel, Raimond Gaita introduces us to his mother, Christine who was described as the type who leave men head over heels for with her perfect complexion, however she would reckless and selfishly spend the amount of money her husband made on dresses for herself. It was later discovered that Christine soon felt lonely and pushed to her limits, as a result, she developed depression. Raimond never really approved his mother as he believed that it was her irresponsibility that caused him and his father to suffer. Belonging was something that Romulus’ family lacked in, not just physically but mentally. As pointed out before, Christine felt as if she didn’t belonged to anyone since her husband was away working, leaving her to look after Raimond. Thus the thought kept building up until it got to her. Hardship was something that all characters went through. Romulus having to go through the trouble of working as a blacksmith, Christine going through depression and having Raimond witness all of these first hand. However it was these hardships that made this book reliable as we all face difficulties in order to succeed. The book is welled structured starting from the
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1. Romulus has a crisis in identity. He feels he is accepted in society due to his skill in blacksmithing trade. Although accepted, he does not feel he belongs due to his culture and heritage. His character is tied up with a strong moral code, in working hard, pride, communal strength and contributing to society but has no confidence in identity and how he fits in. He “Always considered himself a Romanian.” And felt he belongs to that part of his…
individual’s life. Migrants are often linked together as a community by a common sense of not-belonging. The non-fictional novel ‘Romulus My Father’ by Raimond Gaita effectively explores how ones sense of personal and national identity can be affected by the experience of migration. The novel traces the childhood of the author, Raimond, but in particular the experience of his father Romulus Gaita from post-war Yugoslavia until his death in Australia in 1996. It particularly focuses on the migrant experience…
RELATIONSHIPS and CHARACTERS in Romulus, My Father.
Man of suffering:
Suffered greatly as predicted by the fortune teller
The composer sees his suffering as some sort of rite of passage in which he was ennobled. (see above)
“People argue about whether suffering ennobles”. There is another and different thought, which is that suffering makes one wise”…”Some kinds of wisdom, however – the kinds that show themselves not only in thoughts, but in the integrity…
memoir, Romulus, My Father and Sylvia Kantarizis’ poem, Integrated, and the concept of immigrants feeling dislocation within an alien landscape contributing to a lesser sense of belonging. The two texts also bring forth the idea that perception has a deep effect on one’s sense of their place within the world.
The complexity of belonging is portrayed through the idea that the uniqueness of each person is dampened by the desire to conform to the “norm” of society. In the time of setting of Romulus, My…
this can lead to alienation. These ideas are effectively represented in Raimond Gaita’s memoir ‘Romulus My Father’ and the anonymous ‘Jigsaw Visual’.
Shared ethics and ideals have a powerful influence on an individual’s sense of belonging which consequently impacts on the way an individual will live their life. This idea is explored in ‘Romulus My Father’ through the strong relationship between Romulus and Raimond, whose affiliation is based around their shared morals and values. These principles…
gained over a lifetime allow us to mature and gain a larger collection of relations and experiences allowing us to discover a sense of belonging.
This is shown in Raimond Gaitas memoir “Romulus My Father”, Patrick Suricks novel “Perfume; Story Of A Murderer” and Shery Turkles “Together alone” lecture.
Romulus My Father is a memoir written in 1988filled with sullen experiences that shape Raimond.
Christina, Raimonds mother is mentally unwell, she comes to visit during school, taking him out.
Questions: (1-3, pg 203)
Chapter Review (The Roman Republic): pg 190
AENEAS VS. ROMULUS
There were two traditions on the founding of Rome. According to one, Aeneas was the founder of
Rome and according to the other, it was Romulus. Cato, in the early second century
B.C., combined the two stories to come up with what is the generally accepted
version, with Aeneas coming to Italy and Romulus founding the actual seven-hilled
(Palatine, Aventine, Capitoline or Capitolium, Quirinal,…
Due to the passionate convictions and articulating opposing views of those in the texts, “Julius Caesar”, published 1988, by William Shakespeare, “Romulus, my Father”, published in 1998, by Raimond Gaita, “Frankenstein”, published 1818, by Mary Shelley and the film “Freedom Writers”, 2007, directed by Richard LaGravenese, my response has been manipulated to view the scenarios through the heart rather than that of the mind, and to contemplate on the emotions and feelings of the characters…
Philippa Sheppard, whom has an Oxford PhD and is a Shakespearean scholar. They moved to Toronto after about 3 years where they now live with their 3 children. Since the start of his writting career in 1985, he wrote a total of 27 books in 28 years. In my opinion, Kenneth Oppal is turely an amazing writer, and has won a tramendous amount of awards such as the 2004 Governor General's Award for children's literature for the book "Airborn", the Canadian Library Association's Book of the year for children…
Now, since I am not going back to the beloved land of my fathers, since I was no light of safety to Patroklos, nor to my other companions, who in their numbers went down before glorious Hektor, but sit here beside my ship, a useless weight on the good land, I, who am such as no other of the bronze-armoured Archaians in battle, though there are others also better in council - (…)’ (Homer…