The Cake Man Play Analysis

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Indigenous Theatre – The Cake Man—Script Interpretation
1. What traditional aboriginal themes are present in the scene?
The two themes that are present in the play are the subjects of the displacement of Aboriginal people from their native lands and the destructive force that Christianity had on Aboriginal life and culture. One may infer this by reading the lines from the script: “I must pray” (he prays. The soldier shoots the man dead. The woman and the boy, crying, fall onto his wounded body.) This quote highlights the backwards ideology that Christian “justice” had on the Indigenous people, particularly in how the European man was able to redeem himself before the priest in “the eyes of God” simply by confessing to his sins and brushing