Ned Kelly Is A Victim Not A Villain
Akierraleigh Denton, Charleville School of Distance Education
A famous quote from Ned Kelly was ‘life is such’ and is still very famous to this today. Most people all over the world believe Ned Kelly was a cold blood killer but turns out that he was a victim. Ned was a victim because he was wrongly imprisoned and was blamed for thing he didn’t do by the police. The main three arguments that will be spoken about are the police harassed, targeted Ned and his family, the second one that will be spoken about is lack of lawful guidance from his family and the last one that will be spoken about is how he was treated inappropriately after his death. Ned was a victim and was treated badly from the police.
The police had harassed and targeted Ned and his family. Ever since Ned’s family had arrived in Australia the police had it in for them because of their background. ‘The Irish are all the same. A bunch of brawling thieves’ (Carole Wilkinson, Black Snake the daring of Ned Kelly, p3, chapter 1) Ned was targeted badly by the police because he was from an Irish family.
Ned only had his uncles and cousins for a guidance as his dad went to jail for six months. As a young boy Ned only had his uncles and cousins as a role model because at the age of 10 his dad was sent to jail for six months for stealing a cow. His uncles and his cousins should have been a better role model for Ned so that way he could have had a better education and not have had to work on the farm while his father was in jail. When Ned was 10 his father spent six months in jail for stealing a cow Ned left school to take over his father’s place. When he was growing up as role models, he had his uncles and cousins. If they taught Ned anything, it wasn’t how to be an honest law - abiding citizen. (Carol Wilkinson, Black Snake the daring of Ned Kelly, p 10 and 12, chapter 1). Ned’s uncles and cousins should have been there to help him more so that way he got a better education and didn’t have to work on the farm while his dad was in jail.
Ned was treated badly after he was hung in the prison. Ned was the last man hung in Australia in 1880. He was sentenced to death in October 1880 and he was hung on the 11th of November 1880. After his death, the doctors and the students took pieces of Ned’s body to do examinations. ‘Ned’s head was cut off; his brain was removed for scientific examination and his skull was sent to be examined by a phrenologist.’ After his head was cut off, his brain removed, and his skull was sent to be examined by a phrenologist. ‘The disfigured, headless body was then buried in the prison grounds in an unmarked grave.’ (Carol Wilkinson, Blake Snake the daring of Ned Kelly, p120, chapter 10). Ned was brutally taken apart by the doctors and students for souvenirs to take home with them. After he was brutally taken apart, he was buried in an unmarked grave, which no one knows where he was buried.
Ned is a victim because the police harassed him and his family for everything. The first argument was about how Ned and his family were harassed by the police. The second argument that was spoken about was how he had a lack of guidance from his family and the last argument that was spoken about was how bad Ned was treated after he was hung.