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“the Castle”

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“The Castle” Essay
The heart-warming comedy film “The Castle,” directed by Rob Sitch, portrays a stereotypically Australian family struggling against a big corporation for the rights to their home. The film reveals the Australian spirit of family, a fair go and fighting for the underdog. Darryl Kerrigan is a proud, kind, family man that fights for his kin to keep their home, Lawrence Hammill is a well-educated, humble man that provides the help the Kerrigan’s are looking for and Sal is a stereotypical Australian mother supporting the family.   Whilst these characters are exaggerated alterations of real people they still possess the characteristics we consider uniquely Australian.
Darryl Kerrigan is in multiple ways the hero of the castle. He is shown as a stereotypical, working class, proud Australian family man. He struggles against a big airline company to keep his home and succeeds in the end with a little help from his friends. He is very laidback and easy-going and you get the sense of his working class upbringing by the way he communicates. An example of this is “Compulsorily acquired? You know what this means don't you, they're acquiring it compulsorily.”   You also can get this idea from the way he looks (see image on right).   You can plainly see the amount of pride Darryl has for his family with the things he says. Some of these quotes are “Dale dug a hole. Tell 'em Dale,” and “Darryl Kerrigan: Well hello. How's this boys. Woo hoo. What' do you call this?
Sal Kerrigan: Chicken.
Darryl Kerrigan: and it's got something sprinkled on it
Sal Kerrigan: Seasoning
Darryl Kerrigan: Seasoning! Looks like everybody's kicked a goal.” The way Darryl Kerrigan is portrayed is very Australian because of the dialogue and appearance of him.
Juxtaposed with Darryl is Lawrence Hamill, a well-educated “Queens Council” or QC lawyer.   Whilst he is an opposite of Darryl in many ways however, he also shows some similar characteristics.   Some of these similarities are his...

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