Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Whale Rider

1) Name two situations where Koro ignored signs of Pai’s ability and aptitude to lead.

The fact that Pai was so interested about the culture and learned all she could without being forced to. As well as how she learned to use the taiaha on her own and excelled at it.

2) Discuss the scene where Rawiri took up the taiaha again.
How does this change carry on for Rawiri in the rest of the story?

It changes him, he was once slim and strong and he sees that.

3) When the community walk away together, Paikea comes
from behind them and walks alone back towards the big
whale. What did that image make you think about Paikea?

A bit like someone who knew they were right and was ready to do everything they could to fix something. No matter what anyone else thought. So much like a civil rights activist from the 60's.

4) When Pai is in the hospital how do they know Koro has changed his
attitude towards her?

Well he apologies and announces her as the leader. Seemed pretty obvious and or strait forward.

5) What is the significance of the waka? Describe the waka scene that struck you most, and explain why.

The canoe sort of shows her official acceptance by everyone of Pai being apart (or leader of) their rich traditions. A right of passage in some sense.

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