Empathic Response – Whale Rider – Kahu
In this empathic response, I will be giving an insight into one of the main characters’ feelings in the book “The Whale Rider” by Witi Ihimaera. This character is Kahu, Koro Apirana’s great-granddaughter. I will be responding to the part in the book, when Kahu rides the whale.
“Why? Kahu asked Koro Apirana. ‘Our ancestor wants to die.’ ‘ But why?’ ‘There is no place for it here in this world. The people who commanded it are no longer here.’ He paused. ‘When it dies, we die, I die.’ ‘No, Paka. And if it lives?’ ‘Then we live also.’
I plunged into the frigid waters with only one thought in my mind. I have to take ...view middle of the document...
This time, he has the intention of self-slaughter, which basically means it’s a sign that we humans are all going to die. Right now, nobody is even trying to do something about it. Every now and then, I had to take a deep breath because the waves were like dumpers, slamming me down to the sandy bottom. The lights from the beach were dazzling my eyes, making it hard to see, but I kept on going.
My line of vision narrowed down to only the distance between the whale and myself. The whale was all I could see. He was so beautiful. The cold was unbearable. It felt like multiple daggers were piercing into my skin. I can do this. I continued to swim toward the whale despite the obstacles. Paka would expect a boy to be able to endure this, right? As soon as I approached the whale, I suddenly remembered what I had to do. ‘Karanga mai, karanga mai, karanga mai.’ I raised my head and began to call to the whale, but the wind drowned my voice making it hard to hear. ‘Oh, sacred ancestor, I am coming to you. I am Kahu. Ko Kahutia Te Rangi ahau.’ The headlights and spotlights were dazzling upon the whale. It may have been the sudden light or my imagination, but the eye seemed to flicker. I reached the whale, hanging onto its jaw. ‘Greetings ancient one’. I looked into its eye and said ‘I have come for you.’ The current pulled me away, away from the whale. ‘Help me, Ko Kahutia Te Rangi au. Ko Paikea.’ All of a sudden, I felt the whale’s forward fin, I grabbed it straight away. I tightened my fingers around it, not wasting the chance.