The Whale Rider

The structure of the plot

The structure of the plot. What evidence of foreshadowing is there in the story? Is the story told chronologically, or are there flashbacks and flashforwards? Are there parallel stories and if that how are the stories related?

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The structure of the plot.

Whale Rider follows a cyclical narrative structure that may be likened to the hero's journey. Kahu is the chief protagonist of the story. She is a young girl with a strong and determined temperament and a soft and innocent heart. Her deepest wish is to please her great-grandfather, Koro--a struggle which spans the length of the book--and she remains dedicated to her Maori heritage and culture. We see Kahu follow each step of the classic hero's journey. You can check out the hero's journey below: