Adaptation in Year 10 Language and Literature
In Year 10 Language and Literature, students have been doing a unit on the idea of ‘Play’. They had to look at various adaptations of texts and consider what is lost or gained in adapting for different audiences.
Analysis of Stolen and Rabbit-Proof Fence
Both the play Stolen, and the film Rabbit-Proof Fence are obviously revolutionary pieces as they are now used in the Victorian school curriculum, helping to teach Victorian students about empathy and raising awareness of the horrendous acts which have happened in the past.
The raising of awareness, ‘walking in someone else’s shoes’ and the nature of true stories being emotionally gripping, means that they have more of an impact on us and influence us in ways that change the world. One of the main effects of true stories is that they help us understand and build empathy. Much like how ‘play’ helps children grow people skills and empathy, ‘plays’ or theatre still does that for adults, just in a different form that changes along with the growth of maturity.
The role of true stories is complex. They are often stories with emotional and traumatic events which help the reader live in the moment of the writing, being able to see the lives that others have lived and allow people to see their own privilege. Afterward, it is hoped that readers want to act or spread the message of what they have learned.