Symbolism In Rabbit Proof Fence

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Prior to white settlement, Australia's representations were that of a primitive place whose inhabitants were a nomadic barbarous doomed race. Consequently, such imagery was the birthplace of an unconscious bias foundational to the historical contrast that divides Australian society. The volume of this irrational prejudice through the perpetuation of dominant western ideologies depicted Aborigines as treacherous and unscrupulous. In contrast, the riveting Rabbit Proof Fence film released in 2002 and directed by Philip Noyce, eschews bigotry by illuminating a dense history of racist and distorted Aboriginal representations. Furthermore, it chronicles the ordeal of the Stolen Generation which included abducting "half-cast" Aboriginal…show more content…
Noyce employs close shots of Molly's eyes as she hears diegetic sounds of the spirit bird hence audiences witness the girls' vulnerability and the impediments that lie ahead. Consequently, high angled shots of Molly looking at her totem equips her with the ardour to endure the journey home. The highlighted aerial shots of the vast outback and diegetic bird sounds inculcate a sense of guidance by the spirit bird among audiences. The rabbit proof fence symbolises the segregation between Aborigines and non-aborigines. Moreover, the girls envision startled rabbits, confined to the rabbit proof fence's iniquitous verge. This manifests as uplifting music plays when the girls grab the fence. Simultaneously, Maude also holds the fence. The fence epitomises an umbilical cord depicting the relationship between the girls' plight and their mother. This is self-evident in the following quotes from Molly and Daisy, "Find that rabbit proof fence, we go home, then we see our mum". Furthermore, Philip refutes the fallacy of Aborigines to be vagabonds in the questions asked by some Aborigine stranger when they first meet Molly, "What country do you come from?". Certainly, this accentuation on social connection and nationality reinforces the values of nationalism and mutual obligation. To sum up, the film, "Rabbit Proof Fence" illustrates the value of family and spirituality to Aboriginal people. Molly's totem conveys freedom and likewise the unwavering faith in a supreme
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