Discoveries as a whole can be confronting and provocative where this process of discovering leads to change. They challenge our perceptions when viewed from different perspectives and makes individuals to change, reflect and see the world differently. These varying types of discovery are seen and explored in the Jane Harrison’s play ‘Rainbow’s end’ and also my other related text, a short movie ‘The light and the little girl’ by Vivi Ann Yee.

Discoveries can lead to the destruction of long held generalisations and perceptions and change them. This is done so in “rainbow’s end”
The imperative language used in the quote “The white people too- they need to be educated about us, and our ways.” the inclusive pronouns “us” and “our” used by Gladys, an Aboriginal indicates that she is talking about the wider Aboriginal community. That she demands White Australians who at that time made up majority of society to learn about who Aboriginals really are, their lifestyles and history, not the generalisations withheld about them. This quote reveals that society has many misinformed perceptions about Aboriginals that had caused Gladys to retaliate so angrily. Gladys shows that Aboriginals can be self-educated and represents them favourably in society through radio voice over when she answers “…a black eye” at the same time as the ‘white’ announcer by allowing an Aboriginal to answer in sync with the white announcer emphasises these two contrasting humans that society deems as so different and unalike when really they both have the ability to give the same educated answer. This provocative discovery confronts the society’s perceptions and generalisations against Aboriginals to change, they come to realise that Aboriginals aren’t indifferent to whites and that those previous generalisations were incorrect.

In the Light and The tittle Girl, the girl finds herself in a journey of discovery that is confronting and provocative as it can teach both the girl and us life...