The Novel: “The whale Rider” – Witi Ihimaera
“Although the Maori are patriarchal society it is the women who dominate the menfolk” with close reference to Witi Ihimaera’s – “The whale Rider” write an essay to show the validity of the above statement
It is ironical that a society that is patriarchal in nature has its women taking charge of situations. In the Novel, The Whale Rider the women characters come out stronger that the men
She retires the cared stone from the deepest ocean – while boys that Koro had been training fails to.
Witi Ihimaera, The Whale Rider
“Ihimaera uses the novel to show that certain stereotypes about women are quite unnecessary” Write an essay to show how certain negative beliefs about women are discredited in The Whale Ride.
Since time immemorial the woman has been regarded as a weaker sex (gender). Society has been having certain stereotypes about women. For instance there are certain jobs or even foods that women are not allowed to have. This is an unfortunate state of affairs which has been overtaken by events and is unnecessary as outlined below.
(Accept any other relevant introduction)
Content – points to consider
(Accept any relevant point)
Witi Ihimaera’s ‘The Whale Rider’
‘The world would be a better place if women were given equal opportunities.” Basing your illustrations on Witi Ihimaera’s ‘The Whale Rider,’ argue in favour of this assertion.
Discrimation against women is baseless and unwarranted. A society that discriminates against them wastes a lot of potential and subjects the women to unnecessary suffering. In Witi Ihimaera’s The Whale Rider this is clearly seen through Kahu and Nani Flowers.
Nani Flowers comes to the aid of Kahu when she is born. Koro Apirana is so desperate for a baby boy that when a girl is born he simply brushes her aside saying ‘ I have nothing to do with her.’ For the burial of the afterbirth, it takes Nani Flowers firmness to have it buried in her paternal home. This is despite opposition from Koro Apirana. Thereafter, she protects her from Koro who keeps growling at her. She therefore presents herself as a voice of reason.
Secondly, Kahu emerges the best in the school break-up ceremony despite all odds. She writes a winning speech in the Maori language. This is similar to the cultural preservation that Koro has been working for.
Kahu also comes to the rescue of the community when its livelihood is threatened. This is the case when the whales come to the shore to protest the invasion of their kingdom. After the effort of all the men bore no fruit, a mere girl, who happens to be the subject of Korosis the one who makes the whole difference.
To the utter surprise of Rawiri and the boys, there is a white lady wading off whale hunters who are cashing in on the stranded whales. Her wails and call for help draw the boys to her and together they manage to save the stranded whales.
Lastly, symbolically, the Whale Mother comes out as a voice of reason when she convinces the Bull Whale,that the rider is not Kahutia Te Rangi. This is despite the Bull Whale's conviction. So, when it turned out that the rider was really a girl, the Whale Mother takes the day as a female.
NB: ACCEPT ANY OTHER RELEVANT POINTS THAT PORTRAY THE WOMAN POSITIVELY.
From the discussion above, it is sufficient to conclude that the woman occupies a special position which has been undermined for a long time.
Mark 3:3:3:3 = 12
Introduction = 2
Grammar = 4
Conclusion = 2
‘The society looks down upon women.’ Write an essay in support of this statement drawing your illustrations from The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera.
Expect 4 well illustrated points.
Mark 3:3:3:3 = 12 marks
Both boys and girls have equal rights to leadership in the society. Write an essay supporting this statement basing your answer on Witi Ihimaera’s novel,
Intro: Any but appropriate
‘Societies use traditions to justify their suppression of women.’ Using illustrations from Witi Ihimaera’s the Whale Rider, write and essay supporting this statement.
THE NOVEL: THE WHALE RIDER
- it is indeed true that society uses cultural practices to deny women opportunities. This is clearly brought out in the novel ‘the whale rider.’ or
- contextual or general introduction highlighting implications of gender disparity to women.
(Accept any other relevant introduction)
Ci the naming of the girl after her male ancestor Kahutia i.eRangi is vehemently opposed by her great grand father Koro Apirana, aha thanks that it would be a contemptuous act since kahu is a girl , who was believed to be of no use in this male dominated society. He felt naming the girl-child afther the founder of the tribe was belittling kahutiai.erangi’s prestige.(pg 14-16)
Cii in this text the tradition do not allow a girl to take over a leadership mantle. The news of kahu annoyed koro so much that he started to desperately search for someone in fact a boy – a man that will succeed him.
Ciii kahu’s straggle to assert her leadership potential was brutally rejected by the traditions through koro. The girl naively bites koro’ toe , searches and obtained his cover stone and addition crayfish that the boy had failed to retrieve did not appeal to him because she is a girl.
Civ in this society the traditions restricts woman from the attending men’s lessons. Koro is upset when kahu intrudes into the room where lessons on language were going on.
Cv traditionally it is a taboo for a man to get in contact with kahu. The fact that porourangi fails to protect the girl because of the traditional order.
Cvi the culture practice had a bad effect to woman in school. Despite kahu doing well by topping in every item in school, koro fails to attend the ceremony.
(Accept any other relevant point)
Expect any 4 well developed points, mark 3:3:3:3= 12mks
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