In the Prose ‘At Hiruharama’ women are presented in a very positive light. ‘Why, yes it must be six months since he came, ‘ said kitty, as though she was making a conversation’. Even though kitty in labor she is making a conversation that shows how relaxed she is, the author may want to portray the calm nature of the females. The word ‘ as though’ stands out because Kitty is not capable of doing so however she is trying, this may make readers feel how tolerating women are. ‘ Six months’ may be used to show that Kitty is always thinking which doesn’t match the stereotype of women’s who were not educated at that time. Women were responsible to take domestic work. However the author breaks the stereotype here showing women as intelligent and well capable. “Mr. Tanner guess was although Kitty was a quiet girl, very quiet, she’d refuse to marry him until he’d got hang of it”.
The fact that the author makes Kitty quiet shows that Kitties lady like features. “she’d refuse to marry him” this shows the high expectation that Kitty has. Readers may think that Kitty is demanding, in the way how Penelope has but across Kitty as a character. The author has shows females in more of a positive light than the males as he’s made Kitty educated and has given characteristics, which shows female in more of a positive light. The male “Mr Tanner” doesn’t know how to read and write which is not we would usually except at that time. “No, I’ve come today, as I came formerly, for the sake of hearing a woman’s voice.” This touch is important for the story since the story is feminist in its content and treatment. It is a celebration of femininity. This is brought forth through the character of Kitty and how the other treat Kitty.
The Maori boy has been shown as very insignificant. Firstly this is clearly seen because they appear only once through the prose. This shows that they are not even worth mentioning which contrast’s to the Doctor who is constantly appears throughout the prose. This can also show hierarchy and how the doctor is much higher up in the hierarchy than the Maori boy. “A Maori boy” The word “A” makes it evident that the Maori boys were viewed insignificant and there was lot of inequality in New Zealand at this time. “three miles, ten miles twenty miles” The author uses repetition to show that that the Maoris only did the low skilled jobs repeatedly.
The Maoris are also viewed at a positive side this is ridiculously evident when ” The Maori boy chose out two birds packed them into a wicker hamper, which Tanner wedged into the drivers….” The word chose shows caring and how much they care for their belongs which is the birds. In contrast to this Mr. Tanner just dumbs them in the drivers seat which is quiet rude and may make readers feel Mr. Tanner is an aggressive, rude character. The word wedged has negative connotations like trapped, confined etc.
The language of the story is informal to a great extent though there are two instances of the writer’s skill to write in different styles. When Tanner writes to his sister his style resembles the Bible since it is probably the only book he is able to read after he became literate. Overall the author is trying to show felinity in a very positive light and also wants to break the stereotype of women’s at that time. The author also wants to show how the Maori’s were treated unfairly in New Zealand at that time. At the end the Author also shows children as a bright thing, which eventually changes the life of the family when she becomes a Lawyer. This also shows how a small mistake of Mr. Tanner of throwing the baby away would have cost him fortunes. Thus, showing the importance of children.
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