Explain significant connection(s) across texts, using supporting evidence.
Theme: Human Relationships
Throughout the year, our English class have analysed a total of four texts; three written texts and one visual text. These include the film ‘Whale Rider’ directed by Niki Caro, the short-story ‘Big Brother, Little Sister’ written by Witi Ihimaeta and the novels ‘Z for Zachariah’ written by Robert C. O’Brien and ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ written by Khaled Houssine. All texts have demonstrated a common and universal theme, which is ‘human relationships’. From this theme, I have discovered that human relationships are not only focussed on a family, but can also be focussed on two individuals with disparate thoughts and values. The theme ‘human relationships’ has conducted various aspects. This means that the theme has brought optimistic consequences. This includes companionship, interaction and a motherly-figure. However, from the theme ‘human relationships’, I have mostly explored the negative causes, in which lead to pessimistic intentions and outcomes. These include an abusive male having control over a vulnerable character, the necessity for survival and the role of females.
Firstly, in all texts the abusive male exhibits an emotionless and powerful demeanour. Not all the males in the texts share the same persona. The include Hema of ‘Big Brother, Little Sister’ and minor characters: Porourangi of ‘Whale Rider’, Rawiri of ‘Whale Rider’ and Edward of ‘Z for Zachariah’ and Tariq of ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’. There is a contrast between them and the over-powered, controlling males, as they also fall into their pressure and suppression. From an abusive male’s interpretation, a ‘real man’ is to have outer strength visible, which causes them to lack empathy. They are all quick-tempered, which frightens the other characters due to the unpredictability of what their intentions lead them to. In ‘Z for Zachariah’, Loomis invades Ann’s territory by becoming brutally aggressive and harassing her. To prove my point, when Ann had approached to her house, Loomis shot Ann’s ankle: “I was in terrible trouble. Mr Loomis shot me,” said Ann. This shows that Loomis is capable of harming and killing people. Hence, he shot Ann so she would be limping and it would be easier to keep her grasped in his control. In a similar way, in the novel ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’, Rasheed invades both Mariam and Laila’s personal space in a derogatory manner, by making sneering remarks about having them forced into listening to him. For example, when Rasheed couldn’t tolerate the fact that Laila’s former lover Tariq had visited her, Rasheed strangles her. This incident is shown from Mariam’s point of view as she observes Rasheed suffocating Laila and thinks to herself, “He’d taken so much from me in twenty-seven years of marriage. I will not watch take Laila too.” In comparison, both Loomis and Rasheed have a very similar...