The Whale Rider, By Niki Caro Essay

734 Words Nov 15th, 2016 3 Pages
Sometimes life is rarely what it seems. Assumptions about the right path or choice in life are always thrown into question because life has a way of throwing you a curveball. The Whale Rider, written and directed in 2002 by Niki Caro, is a drama that proves that the ones who are least likely to succeed often do. Koro, the elderly tribe leader of the Maori people, desperately searches for his successor, while losing sight of how his ideal successor is actually before him: his granddaughter. The Pearl, written in 1947 by John Steinbeck, is a novella that demonstrates that the best things in life are free. Kino, a Mexican pearl diver, who selflessly seeks to help his family by selling a new-found pearl to improve their status in life, ultimately realizes that you cannot buy peace and happiness. Kino and Koro from The Pearl and the Whale Rider exhibit traits such as determination, selflessness, and wisdom. These are all qualities of a leader. A leader is someone who has the ability to think outside the box, and the vision to advance ideas for the benefit of others. A leader is also someone who can admit with humility his own mistakes. Koro and Kino show determination when they are trying to improve their lives and that of others. Koro demonstrates his determination when he desperately searches for a new successor for the Maori tribe. He shows the boys the customs of the culture, such as the chants and warrior techniques, in the hope that he will discover a new leader. Through…

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