Journey- Patricia Grace, the People Before- Maurice Shadbolt (Lack of Clear Outcome

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Analyse how the lack of a clear outcome in at least TWO short stories you have studied makes the stories successful for you: Journey by Patricia Grace and The People Before by Maurice Shadbolt both look at land confiscation and compensation cases that occurred during the early colonization of New Zealand and their modern relevance today. Although both these authors approach this similar topic differently, both stories lack a clear outcome. This is particularly effective for us as readers because it causes us to revaluate our preconceptions and prejudices regarding this issue and draw our own conclusions. We quickly discover the difficulty of reaching a truly successful outcome, and can therefore see the relevance that these types of…show more content…
He goes to the Wellington office to explain the issue to these representatives and feels that the Mana associated with his age in the Maori culture will ensure that he has respect amongst the Pakeha people, enabling him to explain his case better than the rest of his family who have already tried to resolve the issue. However again the Pakeha are unable to see his values in land or his ideas and continue to demand that “there’ll be no more subdivision” and that the family will receive “compensation” for their losses. It is at this point that Grace makes the situation at hand more complex for readers because she, like Shadbolt, presents us with two equally valid by utterly different sides. Patricia Grace causes conflict in the office because the European of the time, represented by the developer, see land as something of monetary value and security, making them unable to comprehend the old Maori man’s concept that the land is “your stamping ground” and that when all your ties are to that place, “there is no equal land”. However the old man, who has been brought up to believe that land was something that had deep historical and spiritual connections, cannot understand the young developer’s idea of exchanging his land for “equivalent land or monetary compensation”. In this story, Grace show us as readers how these contradicting values result in anger and frustration

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