In the novel Dougy by James Moloney, the town and community is destroyed by racism and prejudice between the whites and blacks. This made them forget about the flood and worry about how they could shoot each other. This essay will discuss the ways in which the town was destroyed.
In the novel Dougy, racism plays a major part in the destruction of the town. The racism in the town begins when Gracey got free money to go to the state championships. This made all the whites angry because the government never gives them any free money “blacks get things for nothing that every one else has to work hard for.” This quote shows how angry the whites are about Gracey getting free money and it is part of their reason to hate the blacks.
Prejudice is another reason why the town was destroyed. It is obvious that the town has been split into two sides. You are either in agreement with the whites or blacks. Prejudice is very bad in the town for example the blacks aren’t allowed in the pub. This means when the slightest thing goes wrong they start fighting “maybe after an hour or two of stand off they will come to there senses.” The quote is saying that they fight over the smallest of things and turn it into the biggest of things.
The physical destruction of the town from the flood is symbolic to the destruction of the community. The flood destroyed the town because the community abandoned attempts to stop the flood because of there racist attitudes against each other. They were to busy worrying about how they will get the other side back “there whities and they are shooting at whities don’t they know what side they are on.” This quote shows that the people are worrying about the war and not about the flood.
The flood in Noah’s ark has a lot in common with the flood in the town. They both wash away all the bad stuff for a fresh start to rebuild. The worse the war gets the higher the river rises but when it gets too bad it