How does determination relate to Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The girls display determination in finding their way back home in Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence.

The girls display a sense of commitment in their escape.  They have to be committed because getting back home is not going to be easy. It involves massive physical and emotional sacrifice in terms of dealing with the harsh natural elements and government forces in pursuit.  However, at a critical moment, Molly articulates determination in helping the girls escape:

Molly leaned against the wall and said confidently, "I know it's a long way to go but it's easy.  We'll find the rabbit-proof fence and follow that all the way home."

When Daisy, one of the sisters, asks if they are "gunna walk all the way," Molly affirms it and adds, "So don't waste time." Determination and commitment are evident in the way Molly recognizes that the path is going to be difficult, but knows that this is the best chance for the girls to find their freedom. She speaks with a firm sense of confidence in order to inspire her sisters to join her.  As a result, Molly reminds them of the need to not waste time. 

In order for the girls to display resistance to the injustice they have suffered, they must be determined. Their determination to pursue freedom is tested.  At one point, the girls realize that the river they are trying to cross is "too deep and fast."  Rather than quit and return to captivity, Molly suggests that they "try up further."  They continue to explore and find a place where they can risk crossing.  This shows how determination relates to the book. As the girls have resolved to walk to freedom, an essential component to this quest is their determination.

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