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The Secret River by Kate Grenville is a historical novel set mostly in Victorian Australia, following the life of William Thornhill, a desperately poor man who stole to survive and was eventually convicted, deported and became a settler at British colony of New South Wales (Sydney).
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The novel focuses on the effect of colonialism on Australian native people (Aborigines) and how the conflict between the settlers and the natives came about.

This book provides examples of:

  • Foil: Blackwood becomes a heroic foil to Thornhill.
  • Heel Realisation: A halfway one. Thornhill realizes that what he is doing is evil, but in the same paragraph says he is "not an evil man".
  • Obviously Evil: When we are introduced to Smasher Sullivan, he is standing by the body of a man he killed for stealing a cob of his corn.
  • Purple Prose: Parodied with the letter to Lord Hawkesbury and with Loveday. Played straight a lot.
  • Settling the Frontier: With an emphasis on how the settlers interacted with the native population.

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