What Is The Author Trying To Say In The Whale Rider?
Let’s face it. We all have those family members. I’m talking about the annoying cousins, siblings, and (if you are a teen) parents. Embarrassing aunts and so on and so forth. The point is, everyone has family members that they don’t like. For example, in the book, The Whale Ride by Witi Ihimaera, there are lots of tensions throughout the story between family members. As I read this book, I think the author’s message to us, the readers of the book, is that even though you can’t choose your family members and you may not like some of them, they are or will be the most important thing in your life. And in this book Ihimaera shows that your family can surprise you, even if you think you know everything about them. He also shows how your family will always love you no matter what and that they will always have your back.
So why is (or will) your family be that one thing you will need? Well, the first reason is that they can surprise you. Even if you have known them your whole life. For example, Kahu surprises her whole family by writing a speech to her Koro in her native tongue, the Maori language. (Ihimaera 62) This is surprising to her family because she was never allowed in the school to learn the Maori language. All her knowledge on how to speak, let alone write, in the language came from her hiding outside the door and windows of the school, eavesdropping on the learning sessions. Another example on how your family can surprise you is that throughout the book, Koro didn’t believe Kahu was capable of doing anything. Which also includes being chief of the tribe, but Kahu proved him wrong. She was able to obtain a stone from very deep underwater and she saved the ancient bull. (Along with the tribe. Hypothetically.) Even Koro said, “I should’ve known she was the one.” (Ihimaera 145) This is important because it shows how even though this one man wasn’t happy with his grandchild being a girl and neglected...
Bibliography: Ihimaera, Witi. The Whale Rider. Auckland, New Zealand: Reed Books, 1987. Print.
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