The definition of intelligence is “the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills.” Chaim Potok has created many incredibly intelligent characters in his novel The Chosen. These characters have many trials they must overcome. Some must overcome sickness, or possible overcome losing a dear friend, even one may be helpless to what his father wants. Nevertheless, they overcome these obstacles. There are three specific characters that demonstration brilliant intelligence; David Malter, Reuven, and Danny.
Dirty Dancing is a classic movie from the 1980s that has many sociological factors that may be overlooked. It was a low budget film by a new studio called Vestron Pictures and it became a box office hit. It was directed by Emile Ardolino and starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey as the leads, and featuring Cynthia Rhodes and Jerry Orbach. The movie starts off with narration by the main female character a 17 year old named Frances Houseman but her nickname is Baby which everyone calls her.
Everyone knows that the “First rule of fight club: You do not talk about fight club. Second rule of Fight Club: you do not talk about Fight Club.” In the movie, Fight Club, an unnamed character plays the part of a depressed insomniac battling to find peace within himself. This unnamed character joins forces with a man, Tyler Durden, to create an underground “paramilitary” rebellion club to have something to get their minds off of the reality of their miserable lives. This “Fight Club,” later called “Project Mayhem,” causes terror to the world around them. Not until one of the members is shot in the head by a police officer, after one of their missions went wrong, does the unnamed character, who acts as the narrator throughout the movie, realize
When we think of heroes we often think of a masked vigilanty or a cape crusader swooping down from the heavens and saving the day. Although heroes come in many shapes and sizes, they also tend to come from different backgrounds. The people of the United States pride themselves with freedom and equality. However, still to this day there is a struggle with discrimination. Matt Zoller Seitz’s article “The Offensive Movie Cliché That Won’t Die” definitely sparked some interest and was definitely right when it came to the offensive issue most people do not see. His argument clearly states that African Americans are playing more roles in Hollywood blockbusters as mentors or in this case “god like” for the main characters. However, many of the roles played by African Americans are that of mentors and are not receiving the proper applause they should be receiving. Matt Seitz presents great material in his article that doesn’t sound bias and enough information to make him credible.
However, despite being “unsure of their futures, with nowhere to direct their anger and no one to assuage their fears” (GEN X – SITE SOURCE), the characteristic of Generation X which really draws parallels to Palahniuk’s novel is the high divorce rate of the time. The impact of an influential feminized society is yet again bolstered by the norm of a woman being in complete control as a result of fathers leaving the household. In the novel, Jack mentions his absent father, and thus begins seeing a father figure in Tyler after having lacked strong male models whilst growing up. To the cohort of members in Fight Club feeling effeminate as a result, Tyler concludes that they are a “generation of men raised by women” (PAGE), further nourishing the men’s desire to fight and express their wrath to regain their identities. Due to their upbringing, the men in Fight Club lack a masculine portrayal, and hence idealize Tyler as the sole example of what masculinity should be. In hindsight, however, Tyler and Jack are the same person, clouded by a dissociative identity disorder; according to Christian McKinney in his essay, it is the “narrator’s desperate search for a father figure which ultimately results in the invention of Tyler” (MCKINNEY-EB). Additionally, it is evident that Jack blames himself for the dissolution of his family as his father “divorced (his) mother when (he) was about six, moved to another town, married another woman, and started having kids with her” (PAGE). This is
Like an iceberg, Fight Club is the search for the lost masculine authority on the surface, but the redefinition of essential values in modern society underneath. The dialogue between the narrator and Tyler at the bar after the narrator finds that his condominium has been destroyed is an attack on consumer culture. This conversation, furthermore, is also a chance for the narrator to realize that it takes a dramatic loss to start the life that he always dreams of.
In Maus, Art Spiegelman records his personal accounts of trying to delve into his father’s traumatic past. His father, Vladek, is a Jew from Poland who survived persecution during World War II. Art wants to create a graphic novel about what his father went through during the Holocaust, so he reconnects with Vladek in order to do so. Due to the horrifying things that the Jews went through he has trouble opening up completely about all the things that happened to him. But after Art gets together with his father many times, he is finally able to understand the past legacy of the Spiegelman family. Despite the brave front that Vladek has put in the years following the war, his story remains to be a tale of suffering, agony, and death.
Why did Hitler hate the Jews so much? Nobody knows the exact reason why he was so cruel to them. Some people say things like “he was furious with his Jewish grandfather”, and many other things. Those things aren’t necessarily the reason but they may be a build up of hatred before he got very violent. Hitler hated the Jews so much, for many different reasons, that he'd torture them and most of the time he'd execute them.
In film, drama is the most diverse of genres with many subcategories such as crime drama, comedy drama, romantic drama, and historic drama. Dallas Buyers Club directed by Jean-Marc Vallee and The Imitation Game by Morten Tyldum both take on the role of historical and biographical dramas. This is due to the fact that both films are set in the past to tell a story and through the perspective a certain important person in history. The purpose of a drama film is to touch on realism of a central protagonist and the people that he/she interacts with, to touch on social issues mostly and go in depth indirectly through a character’s encounter with the issue(s). The genre mostly
Raising the question of morality is essential to the works of a good anti-hero. The framework of a sufficiently run society is based on the principles built behind good moral and judgement of the people. The McMannus brothers, from The Boondock Saints, epitomize raising the doubt of morality. The two Irish-Catholic brothers from Boston serve as vigilantes whom believe are shepards sent from God. Connor and Murphy McMannus take the utilitarian approach by taking the judgement of the law into their own hands. The brothers generally target Russian and Italian mobsters who have done harm to society. Motivated by religion, these two brothers use lethal force to serve “good” for society. An antihero makes their own behavior questionable in the eyes of society. A protagonist antihero, generally values some of the same traits as an antagonist. Their morals are typically flawed in regards to societal norms. Violence and
Arabian nights is a story about a king who has a mental disorder because of trauma in his past experience of marriage. His wife betrayed him and was to kill him. The king has a brother who wants to kill him too so that he could rule over the king’s kingdom too. The king was about to marry a new maiden and that is his childhood friend. Everyone is scared for the maiden because they know that the king can kill her because of his mental disorder and craziness. He has insomnia, he can’t sleep and that’s is why his new wife tells him stories that could make him better.
The film Fight Club, directed by David Fincher, was well received and was one of the most popular films of its time. The movie takes an interesting spin on the effects of Dissociative Identity Disorder (multiple personalities), on the individual afflicted as well as their peers. At its core, the film strives to make a statement on the effects of societal norms and the evils of consumerism on an individual’s pursuit of happiness. It utilizes Dissociative Identity Disorder and other mental disorders to accomplish this. The setting of the film is dark and gloomy – the main character/narrator, who remains unnamed throughout the entirety of the film, lives in a seemingly perpetually dark and depressing city, in an old, abandoned house. This dreary
Although many movies today share common themes, they still have there minor differences, which overall creates a different storyline. Both 22 Jump Street and Legally Blonde share a common theme. Both movies are set in a college scene, and both themes include overcoming a hardship to achieve a goal and growing a closer relationship with the people around them. In 22 Jump Street, the main characters, Schmidt and Jenko, attend college to solve a mysterious death of a student (Goldberg 2013), as in Legally Blonde, Elle Woods attends college to become a lawyer to prove herself to her ex-boyfriend and win him back (Ebert, 2001). Although both films are intriguing, 22 Jump Street, has a more active, mysterious plot; The humor and suspense it brings along is much more fitting for today 's audience, and the chemistry between the characters is overwhelming.
Confusion, frustration, amusement and amazement all come within the first few scenes of any Tarantino movie. Peter Bogdanovich, a famous filmmaker, called Tarantino “the single most influential director of his time” (Carew, 2017, p.69). Tarantino's first film Reservoir Dogs (1992) is said to be one of the most altering movies of its time because it went against a majority of the cinema norms created during its time(Carew, 2017, p.69). Reservoir Dogs, takes the audience on a whirlwind of emotions throughout the movie and drops them right into the aftermath of a heist gone south. The film never shows the heist itself, only the preparation and catastrophic aftermath (Carew, 2017, p.70). Most stories contain a beginning, middle, and end in that order, but Tarantino must not like following the rules. Right in the beginning, Tarantino starts off in what viewers believe to be the right place, the beginning of the story. However, anyone familiar with Tarantino knows it won’t be in the beginning for very long. Tarantino is quick to
Those of a more liberal nature will view Brokeback Mountain as a bastion of tolerance, an in depth review of the harsh condition of intolerance and a cry for acceptance for the right for love to exist between consenting adults regardless of their gender or sexual orientation. Brokeback Mountain is the story of two Cowboys who are hired to herd sheep in the very rural Brokeback Mountain in Wyoming. The two Cowboys are typically ‘southern American’ in that they both come from the rural-south; they are tough, proud and poorly educated. Both men give the impression herding sheep is demeaning and that they’d rather be herding the beef cattle, a more ‘manly’ task.