Kahu faces a lot of rejection but eventually saves her people. Write an essay expounding on this rejection experienced by Kahu.
Most people who volunteer to save the society encounter obstacles and hardships on the way. One of these challenges is one of rejection not only by the society but also by those close to them. This makes their work quite difficult. In The Whale Rider, Kahu is rejected right from birth even though she is the one who finally saves her people.
(Accept any other relevant introduction, 2mks.
Should only be in the first paragraph.
Do not accept a mere definition or restatement of the question.)
(i) She is rejected from birth for being a girl. The grandfather rejects her when the phone call reveals that she is a girl. “A girl”, Koro Apirana, our grandfather said disgusted. “I will have noting to do with her. She has broken the male line of descent in our tribe.” He even blames his wife for Kahu’s birth. “It’s your fault. Your female side was too strong.” P10.
(ii) Her name is rejected. She is given a boy’s name. Kahutia Te Rangi is not only a man’s name but it is the name of the ancestor of their village. Koro Apirana feels that naming a girl child after the founder of their tribe is belittling Kahutia Te Rangi’s prestige. P14
(iii) Her birth causes cultural conflict. Koro Apirana cannot reconcile his traditional beliefs about Maori leadership and rights with Kahu’s birth. By Maori custom, leadership was hereditary and normally the mantle of prestige fell from the eldest son to the eldest son.
(iv) She is rejected as an orphan particularly by Koro Apirana. Porourangi brings Kahu’s mother back to the village where the funeral was held. When Rehua’s mother asked if she and her people can raise Kahu, Nani Flowers objects strongly.
(v) She is rejected when she comes for holiday. She is put in Koro Apirana’s hands but he says no though it is surprising how Kahu and Koro Apirana resemble each other with the only difference being that she loves him but he does not love her. When he gives her back to Nani Flowers, she starts to cry, reaching for him but he turns away and leaves the house. P25.
Expect any 4 well developed areas. Mark 3:3:3:3. Total 12 marks.
Kahu’s rejection must clearly be seen; if not mark out of 2 for each point.
Grammar and presentation score pegged to content score as shown.
It is indeed true that ‘prophets are rarely recognized in their homes.’ This is true even from religious writings but the same people become saviours of the very same communities who rejected them.
Accept any other relevant conclusion 2 mks
Should only be in the last paragraph.
Score should be tied to the content score as shown in question 2.
Drawing examples from the novel, show how women are discriminated against in the Maori society
Q4 WHALE RIDER
Introduction – 2 marks
It must introduce the question appropriately it can be either be generalized or contextualized.
This must be a summary of the main argument(s)
Introduction – 2 marks
Content (any four well ill. 3 marks) 12 marks 3:3:3:3
Linguistic competent – 4 marks
(TOTAL 20 MARKS
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