In the City: New Zealand Short Stories



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In the City: New Zealand Short Stories


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‘Journey’, by Patricia Grace

‘Big Brother, Little Sister’, by Witi Ihimaera

Significance of the title

Suggests a long journey – something will be discovered at the end



Significance of the title

Suggests protection from an older, ‘big’ brother. Suggests that there are only the two of them, where is the rest of the family?








Plot/situation

An old Maori man is making a trip into the city to ask for his land to be subdivided into sections for his family for them to build houses for themselves. The land has been earmarked for other development.



Plot/situation

Structure

Structure

Begins as the children leave their home and follows them on their journey to the train station, with flashbacks to what has happened to them in the past. Ends with the children deciding to return home.



Characters

Focus on the ‘old man’ – doddery, proud, The council man – officious, one track minded, not interested in history, only in ‘development’


Characters


Setting

Setting

Newtown, Wellington.Inside the children’s home and out in the city



Theme

Theme



Point of view

Story narrated in third person. We see everything through the old man’s eyes. Stream of consciousness technique used



Point of view.

Style

Style

Short, simple sentences to reflect the children’s point of view. Descriptive language used to show the menacing city and the family situation



Reaction to text

Reaction to text



Social context

Social context




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