essay6monica - Monica Parrillo Essay 6a Due November 5 2007...

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Monica Parrillo Essay 6a Due: November 5, 2007 The Great Escape “‘You coming with us Pearl Button? We got beautiful things to show you,’” ask two Maori women of the young Pearl Button, luring her off of her swinging gate in front of her “House of Boxes” and beginning an eye-opening adventure in Katherine Mansfield’s “How Pearl Button Was Kidnapped” (Mansfield 37). Both this short story and Phillip Noyce’s film Rabbit-Proof Fence center their storylines on the kidnapping of young girls. The two works, however, present their respective abductions in very different lights, as depicted through their contrasting imagery. While the girls in Rabbit- Proof Fence are taken away to a type of reform school, Pearl Button’s kidnapping liberates her unlike ever before. The many differences between the two incidents help to illustrate the collective human desire for freedom and abhorrence of captivity. While in both works the kidnappings occur near the very beginning, the similarities end there. In Rabbit-Proof Fence, two men arrive in a car to take away the three girls Molly, Gracie and Daisy because they are half-caste, or half-aboriginal, half- white. The camera focuses on the faces of Molly’s mother and grandmother crying, bringing the viewer face-to-face with the grief they are experiencing. Shifting from the sobbing mother to the grandmother hitting herself in the head with a rock, the camera angles truly give an empathetic view of the tragic situation. In an article in Contemporary Justice Review, Simone Bull notes how the “wailing and self-mutilation underscore the 1
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sense of desperation” (173). Noyce presents an image of deep human sorrow that illustrates how badly Molly’s mother wants the girls to stay. Pearl Button’s parents, however, are nowhere in sight when the two Maori women walk towards her. Mansfield describes them in great detail; they wear “red…yellow and green [with] pink handkerchiefs over their heads” (Mansfield 36). The first image presented of the women shows them in vibrant color, surrounding them with a sense of warmth and happiness. Being described so positively, it seems impossible that these two women could do any harm. Indeed, the two women only show Pearl Button kindness and
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