Analysis Of Six Degrees Of Separation

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One of the film’s on this course was ‘Six Degrees of Separation’ an adaption of the Pulitzer- Prize nominated play by John Guare. Two theories that we studied that applied to this film are; Post- Modernism and Structuralism and the concepts; pastiche and collage, genre and intertextuality. I will be analysing the movie while applying these two theoretical concepts and discussing the advantages and disadvantages of each in the conclusion. Six degrees of separation is the theory that everyone and everything is connected by six or fewer steps from any other person in the world. Frigyes Kerinthy originally came up with the theory but it became popularized by Guare in ‘Six Degrees of Separation.’ The character Ouisa Kittredge is seen speaking about this theory to her daughter in the movie, “I read somewhere that everybody on this planet is separated by only six other people. Six degrees of separation between us and everyone else on this planet.” Postmodernism emerged in the latter half of the 20th century and if often described as a development of modernism. Postmodernism doesn’t lament the idea of fragmentation but instead celebrates it unlike modernism. A modernist’s literary quest is to find meaning in a chaotic world whereas a postmodernist deliberately tends to avoid, often playfully, the possibility of meaning. Postmodernism also rejects boundaries between high and low forms of art, rejects rigid genre distinctions and emphasizes pastiche, parody and bricolage. It
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