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The Rabbits Essay

  • Submitted by: peoplepeople
  • on April 18, 2015
  • Category: English
  • Length: 568 words

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          HE RABBITS
‘The Rabbits’ is an allegorical representation of colonisation, the European invasion of Australia. The story is told by the colonised. For starters, the front and back cover of the picture book is a very powerful image for readers to respond to. We see a huge ship with a pointed prow. At first readers can’t quite make out what the creatures with pin legs are but the title suggests that they are rabbits. The rabbits in the picture book, illustrated by Shaun Tan, represent the white people (Europeans). The Aboriginals are represented by numbats. Shaun Tan’s illustrations are deep, clever, diverse and meaningful. The rabbits wear uniforms, stand firm and straight and represent the European settlers, with their agriculture and economy. The illustrations, as well as the narrative, shape and alter the readers’ interpretations of the written text. The unseen narrator describes with little detail the coming of the rabbits, the encounter being full of curiosity at first. Later this expression, both from readers and the numbats, darken as it becomes obvious that the rabbits are invaders. The narrations and illustrations also well describe the land and its original inhabitants. These impacts include the stealing of their children which creates a negative view and sad response from readers towards the rabbits. The losing battle faced by the numbats and the final question at the end of the book, “who will save us from the rabbits?”, leaves the readers’ in such intense emotion and thought. Both the narration and images of ‘The Rabbits’ convey and leave readers with a sense of shock, admiration and anxiety as the numbats witness and face such devastation through having being colonised.
The picture book begins with a sense of calmness as the front endpapers are a calming blue-lilac. It seems to be clean water, the home to graceful and long legged birds. It is a huge contrast to the front cover of the book. The illustrations continue on to form diverse...

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