Ray Lawrence’s socially provocative Australian film, Jindabyne(2006), presents a thought-provoking and contemporary outlook on racial prejudice, the dramatised moral dilemma of responsibility, and a confronting depiction of reconciliation. The film dramatises the struggle over Australia 's history, representing the past as deeply alienating, as it explores the complexity of the relationships between racially diverse characters in post-colonial Australia. Lawrence establishes the reconciliation of characters through sound, further examining the relationship between cultures and genders in conflict. Through symbols, Lawrence explores deceit, and the roles, perceptions and experiences of men and women within various relationships, demonstrating the unforgiving consequences of division and distrust. The film presents
Like the milk, the piece of candy is believed to have the power of altering Pecola’s appearance. Morrison offers a vivid insight into the psychological reaction in response to direct racial discrimination, by portraying the character of Claudia. Not prejudiced by the white culture yet, little Claudia has not arrived at the turning point in the development of her consciousness, which would allow her to love “blue-eyed, yellow-haired, pink-skinned dolls” (14). In Christmas Claudia is offered “a big blue-eyed baby doll” (14) as a gift.
“America” illustrates the conflicting emotions a person has while overcoming adversity and finding his or her place in society. This piece explores McKay’s feelings toward America. The first stanza is his feelings of contempt and appreciation for the country, while the second stanza is where the he accepts what is. Despite his reluctance, he soon becomes to love his new home. Anyone who has ever moved can relate to this.
However, music also has repercussions of suicide from the sentimentality and despair embedded into the music. Unlike in Invisible Man where the narrator uses music and lyrics to untangle the knots of doubts about his social and racial dislocation, Mr. Shimerda in My Ántonia fails in his attempt to negotiate with the music to define and organize the formlessness of life on the prairie. In this case, where the intent of music fails to provide comfort and epiphany, music thus offers a dark likelihood towards self-destruction. This is so in Mr. Shimerda as his life is a composition of sorrowful events from the loss of his friends; Pavel who dies after an accident at the barn, and Peter who moves away in search of a new life. Their respective departures have a grievous “effect [on] old Mr. Shimerda” (Cather, 39) who broods and wallow in sadness in solidarity.
The author, Sherman Alexie, tells this the story in a third person narration. Alexie is also a Native American who describes his own writing as “very personal and autobiographical” (Nygren, “A World of Story” 298). His personal life and experiences contribute to the authenticity of the characters represented in this story. Knowing the author shares the same culture and environment as a reader, puts the characters in a different perspective. One may question, are Victor or Thomas’s characteristics, or perhaps a little of both, a reflection of Alexie and his personality?
The poem “To live in the Borderlands Means you” by Gloria Anzaldua, describes from the author’s personal experience how society can affect an individual’s identity. The mixture of different cultures and races can isolate a person because it affects his or her identity in culture, society and how politics affects them. To live in a society zone that creates isolation because of race, culture and other background creates not only political problems, but it also
Toni Morrison’s Sula celebrates liberation from society’s constraints on individuality and self-discovery, and illustrates the negative impact of conformity. The novel follows the lives of several members of The Bottom’s community who refuse to relinquish their identities to fit the expectations of how a certain race or gender should act and the impact it has on their lives and their society. This society, influenced by the 1900’s racial segregation in America, enforces specific standards, and ostracizes whoever defies the cultural norm. Although certain characters choose to retain individuality and isolate themselves, they never fully establish their identities and desperately search for something in order to do so. The characters cling to
Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man is a novel that centers itself on conspicuous inauthenticity. The present duality in conjunction with essentialism within the novel echoes the ironies of inherent racism within our society. Trueblood’s dichotomous role within society serves to emphasize the dynamics within the cultural structure. His incestuous transgression results in his ostracism from the black community and simultaneously the white community rewarding him, Trueblood is surprised by their reaction he says “they gimme more help than they ever give any other colored man, no matter how good a nigguh he was.” (67).
Health risks spanned from the horrendous environment. The origin of the apocalypse is unknown, but the father did hear concussions then identifies a “dull rose glow” (52) one morning that altered the country from then on. The land was uninhabited, the trees were all dead, and ash flew all over creating a grey murk (4). The ash that fluttered around was a major hindrance for the man and his son. They had to wear masks to cover their face so they would not inhale the murk, but the father still seemed to have a reoccurring respiratory problem.
Art isn’t the only thing that has craft. In literature, authors use craft moves to spice up a story. Kurt Vonnegut Jr. has used many craft moves to hook the reader into his story, “ Harrison Bergeron”. This short story takes place in a futuristic timeline that is quite different than what might be expected. Instead of flying cars and robot butlers, the world is full of equality and dullness.
Writers can’t help but be influenced by the events and people that they see around them. This is because they can communicate their feelings and/or beliefs about the world around them through characters, setting, and the scale of events in a given text. The influence becomes a part of the work that they write because, like a limb, a writer’s story is a part of them – their mind and imagination. This is clearly portrayed in To Kill a Mockingbird (TKAM) by Harper Lee, who has made extensive use of a microcosm within her characterisations to thoroughly explore a wide range of societal issues. Within TKAM, the essence of the Deep South in the 1930’s is explored through the experiences of a girl named Scout.
Self-portraits are not meant to be interpreted as unbiased opinions of the subjects’ basic physical appearance. This, however, does not make them deceptive or untrue. Instead of merely showing us what these people look like, self-portraits express the endlessly complex facets of a human’s soul. They show us the things, people, and qualities that the artist valued. Dürer embodies Christ to exemplify the power of the artist and their divine ability to create, to make something where before there was nothing.