Following an Australian government edict in , black aboriginal children and In Rabbit-Proof Fence, award-winning author Doris Pilkington traces the. Corso di Laurea in lingue e civiltà moderne e contemporanee Prova finale di Laurea An analysis of Doris Pilkington’s Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence Relatore . Critical essay by Larissa Behrendt about Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington.

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Accessibility links Skip to article Skip to navigation. Don’t have a Kindle? Though Gracie was recaptured en route and sent back to Moore River, Molly and Daisy pressed on, returning to Jigalong after a nine-week journey. It is still present in Australia, and we will see to what extent it influenced the literary production of Aborigines, who felt the need of handing down their past for the reasons I will analyze below.

They escape the school and, barefoot and without provisions, undertake to walk 1, kilometres home by following the rabbit-proof fence, which runs past Jigalong. It was a bustling little community by the s.

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Share your thoughts with other customers. Hitting one’s head until they die when they grieve? It was a big problem, so settlers decided to build a kilometres-long fence which spread from north to south to prevent the increase of rabbits in Western Australia. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. There they were told to forget everything about their native culture — the language, the songs, even their own mother — and to learn the British ways, so that these mixed-race children rabbit-proov day could serve as domestic servants and cheap labours.

And I like to read Follow the Rabbit-proof Fence in the same way, rabbbit-proof a love letter to a mother, a way of walking in her shoes. She learnt the sense of direction and some practical advice useful to survive in the Australian desert thanks to her Aboriginal origins, as the author told us previously: In such a huge deserted area, Aborigines are pilkinhton to communicate in this way, so this is a knowledge that Molly, as well as the other children, inherited from her Aboriginal origins.


Doris seemed to find a kind of closure to what had happened to her as fillow child and to how she felt about herself when she took the journey home to Jigalong, where she had pilklngton taken from her family. Connect Upload Contact Us. A brief history of the foreign settlement of Australia is given. English Choose a language for shopping. There is a glossary included at the back, which I did not realize.

Professor Ong well explains this concept: Molly and the two younger girls, sisters Daisy and Gracie run away from the school within days of arriving with only the rabbit-prof on their backs and no provisions.

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The third and last part of my thesis deals with the filmic adaptation of this novel, which is probably better rabbot-proof than the book itself. The stories are quite recent though, and they are linked to British colonisation from the end of the XVIII century to the first years of the XX century. For a journey that must have been such a brave and scary and tough thing to do it came off as very dull.

As we can perceive by reading the novel, the Australian landscapes are extremely important, and they are both what separates Molly and her cousins from their mothers and the mean through which they are actually able to come back dorus.

Written by Molly’s daughter Nugi Garimara, whose dofis name is Doris Pilkington, the movie is also a must-see – the breath-taking cinemetagraphy helps balance out the sadness, and the young actors are excellent. Two other daughters predeceased her.

Molly and the girls knew about pilkongton fence and are armed with finely honed bush skills. In the sociology class I teach, I have an in-depth lecture on racism throughout world history, and I’m often amazed at the number of college freshmen who didn’t know that racism wasn’t just an American problem — it’s a global problem.


Aboriginal fol,ow try to take control of their life and culture and tell us what happened to their culture and people in the years of the so-called Stolen Generations.

The author, Doris Pilkington Aboriginal name Nugi Garimara is the daughter of the eldest girl, Molly and she retells their story in simple, straightforward language. The story fits into my curriculum well, and I don’t spend enough time teaching about Australia. Molly is unwillingly walking towards the church, which can be seen as a path toward salvation for Christians, but it is also a forced imposition for Aborigines.

Sacred objects were brought in from the desert and buried there, ceremonies were still performed and again we see the adaptation of Aboriginal people to a new dodis of circumstances. And then, as an answer to her thoughts: You can contact us via Twitter on telegraphobits and email us with your suggestions and comments on thedeadline telegraph. Their only guide home would be a rabbit-proof fence that stretched for over a thousand miles across Australia. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: But it was, in fact, a fascinating story.

So, maybe it’s worth a shot.

It’s a must read. This story is different. Native writers have learned the European lesson, and are using their knowledge to change the present situation of subordination.

Add notes to the Follow the Rabbit-proof Fence bookmark Save. Sam Watson, activist and academic, said that near to the Aboriginal Tent Embassy: View all 9 comments. The girls Aboriginal heritage and survival skills would come fnce handy throughout their nearly nine week long trek across Australia, as they were forced to subsist on the land and the occasional kindness from strangers.