Henry Lawson or Banjo Paterson? Explain briefly your understanding of why these two authors were so different in their views of the Australian experience.

The Australian experience, alike the question of what makes someone an Australian, is truly complex. The stark contrast between the writings of Henry Lawson and Banjo Paterson, makes this clear. Paterson appeals to Australia’s heroism, a youthful nation’s optimism and desire to achieve. Alternatively, Lawson portrays Australia realistically, allowing the country’s rougher, and less desirable …

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