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The Whale Rider
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Roger Candoza | 3 comments Hi

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Montserrat Nava | 2 comments Hello

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Arely Cruz | 1 comments During our discussion, we noticed that an important character on the book are whales. Than apart of being a recurrent motif, the different characters mentioned on the book consider whales as an important element in their lives. At the same time that they allude since the early beginning to them as if they were humans, something that can be known as personification.

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Montserrat Nava | 2 comments Connections/Themes, irony, motifs

1) “Hui e, haumi e, taiki e.
Let it be done.”
This phrase appears several times throughout the book, The Whale Rider, as its meaning is "join all together, bind all together, let it be done" which makes a connection to "oneness" in the book as it is an important value for Maori culture.
2) "Sea" is a word that appears in the book. The sea is an important aspect of the environment that surrounds the characters

Connections to the world
1) Women: women have stereotypes not only in The Whale Rider but in other texts and it can relate to daily life. Women don't have the choice to rule villages, or certain territories in which men are told to do so. Men are responsible of territories and women aren't able to have the option to do it. For example, another activity women can't participate in is fishing. “For instance, fishing was sacred and women therefore did not go out with the men, and fishing grounds became steeped in special rituals to ensure their bounty.”

Fragmento de: Witi Ihimaera. “The Whale Rider”. iBooks.
2) “You have called and I have come,
bearing the gift of the Gods.”
This phrase appears in another book from New Zealand, Thousand Mile Song: Whale Music in a Sea of Sound by David Rothenberg.

There are few ironies in the book, it mostly appears with Nanny Flowers and Koro Apirina. For example, “yelling her endearments at Koro Apirana. ‘You come back here, you old paka.’ ” and “Well, Rawiri,’ she said to me, ‘you and the boys have got a beautiful niece. She must be, because Porourangi said she looks just like me.’ We tried not to laugh, because Nanny was no film star.”

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