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Whale Rider Analysis

THE WHALE RIDER The film's plot follows the story of Paikea Apirana ("Pai")[In the book, her name is Kahu, short for Kahutia Te Rangi], a 12-year-old girl who is the only living child in the line of the tribe's chiefly succession following the death of her twin brother and mother when she was born. By tradition, the leader should be the first-born son a direct patrilineal descendant of Paikea, aka Kahutia Te Rangi in the book, the Whale Rider he who rode on top of a whale from Hawaiki. However, Pai...

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Whale Rider

Movie analysis The Whale Rider Together with Yavaraj Athur Raghuvir I watched the movie called The Whale Rider which deals with the issue of cultural restrains both as an individual and as a society. The story takes place in New Zealand where the Maori people of a small village claim descent from the Whale Rider, Paikea. By tradition the heir to the leadership of the Maori tribe has to be the first born son- a direct patrilineal descendant of Paikea. The Maori people faces a crisis as the current...

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Whale Rider

Whale Rider is a 2002 drama film directed by Niki Caro, based on the novel of the same name. A contemporary story of love, rejection and triumph as a young Maori girl fights to full fill a destiny her grandfather refuses to recognize. The film whale rider follows the story of a young girl Paikea; the lonely daughter of Porourangi. Pai’s mother died giving birth to her and her twin brother who also dies. Porourangi was heartbroken by his loss and leaves his daughter to be brought up by her grandparents...

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whale rider

he was rescued by a whale, after his canoe was lost in the sea. He rode the whale and founded the Maori people, and from that day the tradition exists: an eldest son is the Chief of the tribe and the leader. Once deep within the ocean, a herd of whales was responding, and when the whales began stranding on the beach, this seemed to be a signal of an apocalyptic end to his tribe. Until one person prepares to make the sacrifice to save the people...the Whale Rider. “Whale Rider” shows emotional experience...

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Gender Androgyny in "The Whale Rider"

sexes in the mind corresponding to the two sexes in the body”(Woolf 37). Throughout out the movie Whale Rider, the androgynous mind is also illustrated through the character of Pai. Woolf states “it is fatal to be a man or woman pure and simple; one must be woman-manly or man-womanly” (Woolf 39). Pai is a strong and determined young girl who displays and defines what it means to be “woman-manly”. Whale Rider tells the story of Pai, who faces the subtle resentment of her grandfather Koro as he attempts...

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Whale Rider Chapter Questions

The Whale Rider Chapter Questions Chapters 1-6  1. Chapter 1 begins in myth, and myths explain what was once unexplainable to a people.  What does the myth of the whale rider explain to the Maori people? 2.  Chapter 2 gives us the point of view of the whales.  The bull whale remembers his master, the "golden man."  Do you think that the whale is as old as the myth, or do you think that the whale draws on the collective memory of his culture?  Or, do you have another idea?  Give your...

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Whale Rider By Witi Ihimaera

Whale Rider By: Witi Ihimaera SUMMARY The Whangara tribe (a Maori tribe in New Zealand) is traditionally led by a male. However, this tradition is put under threat when first-born great grandchild, Kahu, is a girl. Koro Apirana, her great grandfather, and chief of the tribe is disappointed, and rejects the loving attention of Kahu. He wants a male heir to inherit the title of chief, the tradition since the first whale rider arrived in New Zealand. The Whangara tribe are proud of their traditions...

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Whale Rider: Inner Strength and Determination

Whale Rider: Inner Strength and Determination The film Whale Rider opens with a man, Porourangi, standing next to his wife as she gives birth to twins. Unfortunately, the mother and the son do not survive leaving only the girl who is named Paikea. This greatly upsets Koro, Porourangi’s father. As the reigning chief of the Maori people, he would have taught Porourangi’s first born son in the ways of their ancestors to become the next chief (Wald 2006). After experiencing such a devastating...

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Whale Rider Analysis

Whale Rider Analysis Most heroes are big strong men, or mythical creatures that have thousands of stories and tales written about them. This hero is an unlikely one, a small girl, from a small tribe, in a small village in New Zealand. Paikea is a small girl that is 13 years old, and is a direct descendant of Paikea, the original whale rider. On her journey to become the leader of the tribe, she comes across numerous amounts of challenges from her grandfather, Koro. In the Paikea tribe, only...

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Whale Rider

has been written about the strong family message in Whale Rider, and there is no mistaking that this story of intergenerational love and conflict is, on the surface, about the mending of a broken family, but there is another aspect that hasn't been written about—or at least only touched on—and that's the movie's theme. It isn't about family or even the need to honor the hand in glove relationship of tradition and progress. At root, Whale Rider is one of the best pictures about leadership that has...

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