Misogyny In Niki Caro's Whale Rider

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In whale rider by Niki Caro, there are several different themes that portrayed throughout the movie. As the world outside of the Maori community advance though society, lessening the shackles of a Patriarchal society, the Maori tribe is faced difficult hardships. With a new generations disregard of tradition, and ignoring the sacred laws, with the loss of their leader, and their struggle to find a new one. Three themes are prominently displayed throughout the film. The corruption of man vs the sacredness of nature, tradition vs modernity, and female role models vs misogyny. The corruption of man vs the sacredness of nature is one of the key themes in the movie. Within Whale Rider by Niki Caro, the world and all of its creatures are often being…show more content…
The movie is all about strong-willed female characters and how they overcome different obstacles in their lives.. The main protagonist of the story, Paikea, as well as many of the other protagonists, including Nanny and Muriwai are all shown as brave, independent female characters that others can come to depend on within their community. The stories of each female character is shown as a way to empower young women by giving examples of heroines that are, brave, strong, and dedicated, and can do just as much as any male without their help. This is particularly touching in the that setting of Whangara, whose chief Koro refuses to see women as potential leaders in Whangara’s future. “A long time ago, my ancestor Paikea came to this place on the back of a whale. Since then, in every generation of my family, the first born son has carried his name and become the leader of our tribe... until now.” (Paikea) This goes to show that after everything that the Maori community faces with misogyny and female role models, that even after everything, the community is willing to accept a female where a male who have

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