RACIAL PREJUDICE AGAINST THE HALF-CASTES IN AUSTRALIA IN XAVIER HERBERT’S NOVEL “CAPRICORNIA”


ABSTRACT
ASTANINGRUM, KHOIRU SOFA. 2006. Racial Prejudice against the Halfcastes
in Australia in Xavier Herbert’s Novel “Capricornia.” Final Project.
English Literature. Semarang State University.
This final project is aimed at analyzing racial prejudice against the half-castes are
existing in Xavier Herbert’s novel “Capricornia.” What are the causes and the
effects of racial prejudice and how are the reactions of half-castes towards racial
prejudice?

The object of the study is Herbert’s novel “Capricornia.” The data of the
study are in the form of explicit sentences and written dialogues. The data of this
study are collected by doing the following steps: reading the novel carefully for
many times, identifying the data related to racial prejudice, inventorizing the data,
classifying the data, simplifying the data, selecting the data, and at last reporting
the data into appendixes. There are several techniques to analyze the data. They
are exposing, explaining, interpreting, and the last one is summarizing. The
interpretation and the explanation are done from the point of view of sociological
approach.
The result of this study shows that there are many racial prejudice conflicts
among the characters. The racial prejudice arises because of individual and
societal aspects. Besides, the racial prejudice is also found in many sectors and
has bad effects toward half-castes such as antilocution, avoidance, discrimination,
physical attack, and extermination. Half-caste is someone of mixed racial descent.
They are minority group and they often get those bad effects from whites.
Therefore, they give some reactions towards whites who practice racial prejudice,
such as submission, withdrawal, avoidance, and integration.
Finally this study is expected to give more knowledge and understanding
about racial prejudice.
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