A special attention should be paid to a the concept of shadows in the story, as it has an important meaning.
The symbolism from the beginning foreshadows Pai’s future as a leader: a close up of the crying baby’s green eye mirrors the close up of a whale’s eye.
Once deep within the ocean, a herd of whales was responding, and when the whales began stranding on the beach, this seemed to be a signal of an apocalyptic end to his tribe.
Until one person prepares to make the sacrifice to save the people…the Whale Rider.
“Whale Rider”shows emotional experience of a young Maori girl, Pai, who is the main character and the most bright personality in the film.
She struggles to gain the approval of her grandfather and her people.He is certain that through a process of teaching the ancient chants, tribal lore and warrior techniques, the future leader of their tribe will be revealed to him.This confidence was shattered when all boys failed in his final test of leadership, they have lost Koro’s closest symbolic representation of his faith: the whale’s tooth.The story takes place in the small town Whangara in New Zealand.Many centuries ago a legendary ancestor named Paikea brought there the Maori people, who still lives there.Paikea: “My name is Paikea Apirana, and I come from a long line of chiefs stretching all the way back to the whale rider.I’m not a prophet, but I know that our people will keep going forward, all together, with all of their strength.” Even when Pai becomes rather proficient in taiana fighting, this still does not prove to Koro that she is good enough to be a leader of the people.Disclaimer: This work has been submitted by a student.This is not an example of the work produced by our Essay Writing Service.From the beginning, Paikea, or Pai, is a young girl in a man’s world.Though she is loved by her grandfather named Koro, who is the Chief of the Maori tribe, she is not accepted as a future leader, and as a person as well.