The Drover's Wife

This study guide will help you analyse the text “The Drover’s Wife” by Henry Lawson. We will show you examples of elements in the text that will be relevant for your analysis. In these notes, we will focus on the summary, structure, characters, setting, narrator and point of view, language, theme and message.

Presentation of the text

Title: “The Drover’s Wife”
Author: Henry Lawson
Published in: “The Bulletin” (magazine)
Date of Publication: 1892
Genre: Short Story

Henry Lawson (1867-1922) was an Australian writer, mostly famous for his short stories and poetry.


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The author employs several similes in the story, with the purpose of helping readers better visualise the characters and their surroundings. When the woman is alone in the kitchen at night, she notices that the flashes of lighting make the “cracks between the slabs gleam like polished silver”. When she thinks of her husband, the woman is sure that he wants to “take her to the city and keep her there like a princess”. Other similes are employed with the help of the construction “as… as”. For instance, Alligator, the dog, “will tackle a bullock as readily as he will tackle a flea”. Alligator is also “quick as a terrier”. Another simile employed in connection to the dog shows that the animal is quite funny: “The dog's sorrow for his blunder, and his anxiety to let it be known that it was all a mistake, was as evident as his ragged tail and a twelve-inch grin could make it.”


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