Rabbit Proof Fence Essay Notes

Throughout the text, the concept of physical journey is highly saturated within the protagonists' struggle to search for their home. During the process, they come across many discoveries about other culture, their own spirituality and their indivisible bond with land and kinship group.

In the scene of a forced removal of the Aboriginal girls: Molly, Daisy and Gracie, the responders witness how the new course of their life is forced upon them. The film director, Phillip Noyce employs limited dialogue to promote action within the scene and the high-angle camera shots present the government worker as a symbol of higher authority. It is also ironic to see the government employer to show off the government-approved paper as his "weapon".

Soon afterwards, these girls are taken by a car to the Christian missionary that is about 1500km distant from their home. The aerial shot of the Australian outback shows the vastness of the journey that is being undertaken.

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Follow the Rabbit Proof fence is a novel written by Doris Pilkington and was published by University of Queensland Press in 1996.

The book is based around three Aboriginal girls, Molly, Daisy and Gracie, who are outcasts due to their mixed-race lineage and are therefore separated form their families by the government. They escape and journey back to their families, by following the rabbit-proof fence that crosses Australia.

The book stems from true events and was based around the historical event, The Stolen Generation, where mixed children were removed from their parents. The characters, Molly, Daisy and Gracie, were actually the author’s mother, aunt and their cousin. Pilkington interviewed the three extensively before the publication of the novel, in order to get a realistic and true version of events as possible.

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