Craig Silvey’s Jasper Jones masterfully explores the indefinitely complex notion of hierarchicalism and morality in contemporary society. Silvey’s projection of a subverted hierarchical model compels the reader to analyse the fallibility of the model on which society is based and the repercussions humanity’s inherent prejudicial nature. Undoubtedly, such themes within the novel are intertwined with the adolescent experience, allowing Silvey to express motifs which are becoming increasingly pertinent to the youth of contemporary society. The characterisation of Jasper Jones, Pete Wishart and Jack Lionel as well as the portrayal of the broken Bucktin family are significant in advancing Silvey’s percipience around the adolescent condition; the flawed system of social hierarchy is not indicative of intramural morality and there must be no explicit relation between the two if the moral foundations of society are to be preserved. Jasper Jones embodies Lois Stover’s conceptualisation of ‘quality’ adolescent literature and thus epitomises timelessly impactful piece of literature, significant not only to the young adult genre but also to wider society. Silvey addresses and confronts the complexities and ambiguities which circumscribe the theme of hierarchicalism and, in doing so, affords the reader an invaluable and intricate understanding of this theme; Jasper Jones is an insightful text allowing the reader to obtain a more enlightened and diverse worldview- the gateway to understanding the true nature of society and in all its obscurities and complications.
Woven baskets characterized by a particular distinctive pattern have previously been found only in the immediate vicinity of the prehistoric village of Palea and therefore were believed to have been made only by the Palean people. Recently, however, archaeologists discovered such a “Palean” basket in Lithos, an ancient village across the Brim River from Palea. The Brim River is very deep and broad, and so the ancient Paleans could have crossed it only by boat, and no Palean boats have been found. Thus it follows that the so-called Palean baskets were not uniquely Palean.