Symbolism In Rabbit Proof Fence

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The 2002 controversial movie, Rabbit Proof Fence, directed by Phillip Noyce, aims to enlighten the audience about the suffering of Indigenous Australians during The Great Depression. Similar to this, the 1986 Play No Sugar has the same purpose. Set in Northam, Western Australia, both texts utilise a first person point of view to explore the hardships of surviving during the Great Depression, but with vastly different characters. Using different types of characterisation, lighting, flashbacks, dialogue and symbolism to tell their story, both texts give the audience slightly different views on the Indigenous people and White Australians.

Rabbit Proof Fence is narrated from the point of view of 14 year old Molly Craig, a half-caste Indigenous girl. Torn from her family, Molly walks 2400km with her cousin and sister in order to find her way back home to her Mother. The purpose of this movie is to highlight the negative effects of attempting to assimilate a race that does not want to be a part of the White society. All the Aborigines wanted was to live their lives the way they always had, without any interference. Noyce’s choice to have an innocent child as the narrator, evokes an empathetic response from the audience. They are able to imagine their children in Molly’s situation and realise that stealing the Aborigine children from their mothers was not right. Molly is characterised as a strong, stubborn and courageous young girl who does everything she can to make it back
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