John Marsden & Shaun Tan
Name of the text, its composer, its origin, its date and its form
The Rabbits is a picture book written by John Marsden and drawn by Shaun Tan published 9/1/2000.
Write an explanation of the text, mentioning its purpose and audience and showing the relevance of the text to the concept of Belonging or Not Belonging.
The rabbits is about the arrival and colonisation of the British and the progression that took place during and after their arrival and shows the impact they had towards Aboriginal People and the Land. Shaun Ta uses Rabbits, being a foreign criminal, to portray the British, and the native num-bat like creatures as Aboriginal People. The rabbits targets all ages, and brings the mistreat and suffering of Aboriginal people during British colonisation to attention.
This text is relevant to belonging as it demonstrates the loss of identity to Aboriginals that occurred in the white settlement of Australia.
How does the text convey meaning? Consider features, techniques: visual or written, language etc. You must also discuss the effect of these devices.
The text conveys meaning by showing British impact towards Aboriginal’s and the land. The author John Marsden uses pared back text which is powerfully interpretated and enhanced with striking illustrations by Shaun Tan, who uses strong stylished shapes with loose, free backgrounds that contain more information than the text as well as showing the land, its nature, flora and fauna. The bold arrangement of characters, elements & spare text imply simplicity but reveals complexity in illustrations using heavy symbolism which backs up the text as well as giving the reader a greater depth of understanding. Examples shown of the techniques that Shaun Tan uses are seen tt the beginning of the book the illustrations show the land before the rabbits arrived and is full of detail and colour, but upon the arrival of the rabbits the...