The 7 Stages of Grieving

The 7 Stages of Grieving

by

Wesley Enoch and Deborah Mailman

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The Woman’s Brother Character Analysis

The Woman’s brother, like her father, is only mentioned briefly—yet the struggles that the Woman describes him as facing are potent, painful, and revealing. The Woman’s brother is, at just twenty-one, a young and healthy man—yet after he gets in trouble with a racist police officer and resists arrest, he finds himself suddenly trapped in a cycle of alcoholism, depression, and continued legal trouble. The Woman uses her brother’s story to illustrate how structurally racist systems create indigenous suffering amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

The Woman’s Brother Quotes in The 7 Stages of Grieving

The The 7 Stages of Grieving quotes below are all either spoken by The Woman’s Brother or refer to The Woman’s Brother. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Colonialism and Oppression Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Bloomsbury edition of The 7 Stages of Grieving published in 2015.
Scene 17: Story of a Brother Quotes

This is how it starts. This is how it starts, the cycle. The cycle. […]

You see. . .
No matter how clean our clothes are,
No matter how tidy we keep our house,
Or how well we speak the language,
How promptly we pay our bills,
How hard we work,
How often we pray,
No matter how much we smile and nod,
We are black, and we are here, and that will never change.

Related Characters: The Woman (speaker), The Woman’s Brother
Page Number: 294
Explanation and Analysis:
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The Woman’s Brother Character Timeline in The 7 Stages of Grieving

The timeline below shows where the character The Woman’s Brother appears in The 7 Stages of Grieving. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Scene 17: Story of a Brother
Colonialism and Oppression Theme Icon
Memory and Family Trauma Theme Icon
Aboriginal Identity, Pride, and Resilience Theme Icon
The Woman comes forward to tell a story about her twenty-one-year-old brother. One night, she says, he and his friends are walking along a public mall, drunk.... (full context)
Colonialism and Oppression Theme Icon
Memory and Family Trauma Theme Icon
Aboriginal Identity, Pride, and Resilience Theme Icon
...a serious thing—nor would the $250 fine accompanying it or the two-month probation period. Her brother, though, feels such intense shame about the arrest and its consequences that he becomes depressed.... (full context)
Colonialism and Oppression Theme Icon
Memory and Family Trauma Theme Icon
...or how friendly they are, the fact that they are black will never change. Her brother, she says, has another court date in two weeks—no one knows what will happen to... (full context)