Reflective Essay 1 - “Repent, Harlequin!” Harlan Ellison, like many writers, uses references from movies, books, and popular culture to enrich their works. This collection of works that is referenced is called the “megatext.” The science fiction “megatext” includes numerous works of science fiction, whether music, books or movies. Harlan Ellison’s “Repent, Harlequin! Said the Ticktockman” uses many references from various “megatext’s,” including George Orwell 's 1984, Henry David Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience, and several references from the popular culture of the 1950’s. By using these “megatext” references, Ellison creates a connection or community and creates a timelessness in his work.
I propose the ‘Cronus Complex’ as a theme through which the symbolism that permeates Pan’s Labyrinth acquires a universal dimension. I analyze del Toro’s film in light of the ‘Cronus complex,’ an overlooked psychopathological condition, and illustrated how this motif commands two narratives that bleed into each other as the diegesis unfolds: one at a historical-realism level, and the other at a fantasy-psychological one. To do so, I will focus on the characters of
By defining orientalism in general is the term used by the historians, geographers, literary and cultural studies scholars when the studying the Middle Eastern, South Asian, African, East Asian culture or so called Eastern Culture, language and people by exaggerating, emphasizing and their way of seeing the Arab peoples by explaining differences with the Western (occident) or European while having ideas or images of the Arab peoples or the East (orient) as inferior, uncivilised and dangerous. In brief definition orientalism is ‘the study of near and Far Eastern societies and cultures, languages and peoples by Western Scholars’ (New World Encyclopaedia). Edward Said definitions of Orientalism has three basic meanings; Orientalism as an academic
“A Scandal in Bohemia” and “A Scandal in Belgravia” both have many similarities, as well as differences that help lay the foundation for the different adaptations. A couple of differences that you might notice whilst reading is the fact that the earlier edition of Arthur Conan Doyle’s is set in the late 1800s, and that the newer adaptation by the BBC is set at present time. This makes the plot in the BBC version weigh more heavily on technology to make it a modern adaptation of Sherlock, with the antagonist (Adler) using a phone instead of a photograph to blackmail the subject. Something else that you might notice is the way some of the key plot points play out. In the BBC version we get to see Sherlock confront Irene in her room with the
Director of the postmodernist film 'Pleasantville ' (1998), Gary Ross, incorporates the idea of change through the use of intertextuality with a wide range of historical and biblical references along with literature and artwork. He uses allusions from the references to demonstrate the idea that utopias work well only in theory and that life cannot be scripted. The postmodernist film reflects the way society is constantly changing; beginning as a stereotypical perfect, passionless life in the 1950 's and ending as a society with flaws, imperfections and knowledge. Ross shows this by repeating the techniques of intertextuality, along with allusions, parody, pastiche and cinematography to convey the idea of change. Ross plays with the idea of religion in his attempts to show the changes occurring in 'Pleasantville ' throughout the film.
These are Bruno's questions that he never lived to get the answers to. Movies are often based off its original form as a book. The films include major events, but are tweaked for the viewers enjoyment. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas movie contains additions, deletions, changes, and rearrangements to existing elements from the book. Like all relations from books to movies, they have similarities and differences.
Magical realism has become a popular narrative mode because it offers to the writer wishing to write against totalitarian regimes a means to attack the definitions and assumptions which support such systems by attacking the stability of the definitions upon which these systems rely. It is typical for books and essays on magical realism to begin by stating that the concept and its history are too complex to be able to provide a definition. Vonnegut’s Billy Piligrim in Slaughterhouse-Five represent a curiously American pragmatic expression of magical realism, a fatalist sense that its presence is part of the weight and inevitability of destiny. Perhaps in this way Vonnegut’s work
Existentialism is a cultural movement that flourished in Europe in the 1940s and 1950s. It may be defined as the philosophical theory which holds that a further set of categories, governed by the norm of authenticity, is necessary to grasp human existence. To approach existentialism in this categorical way may seem to conceal what is often taken to be its “heart” (Kaufmann, 1968), namely, its character as a gesture of protest against academic philosophy, its anti-system sensibility, its flight from the “iron cage” of reason (Crowell, 2004). Existentialism has many different themes, one of which is Freedom and Choice. If any single thesis could be said to constitute the doctrine of existentialism, it would be that the possibility of choice is the central fact of human nature.
The article attempts to read Shakespeare in a New-Historicist perspective. We find Shakespeare’s Othello as a literary deviation of history. Consequently, the text is decentered on a contesting principle. By contest, we mean a reference to Shakespeare’s New-Historicist perception of history. Shakespeare contests and doubts the historical Othello who in fact led the readers into finding resemblances with King James I.
Albert Einstein predicts that though they have yet to see a citation identifying precisely where and when Einstein supposedly said this, have at least found examples of its attribution to him dating back before the 2000s — as far back as 1995.Technology has made life simple and easy ; technology has been changing in our day to day life.Ray Bradbury has written more than 50 novels and some short stories.Some of the Ray Bradbury’s stories, he wants to the reader to acknowledge that technology is the harm to the society and health; going to destroy the future.Technology is like chocolate ; it can harm the child’s health.Ray Bradbury “Sound of Thunder”, “There will come soft rains” and “The Veldt” clearly demonstrate the beliefs that science and the technology should never at an expense of human life. In “Sound of Thunder”,Bradbury uses a time machine to show the
Extra Characters in Beowulf Beowulf is a story that has been around since the year 580, or since 1000 AD. With that being said, there are bound to be several adaptations and modern re-imaginings of the same story about this dynamic warrior and all his glorious battles. The epic Beowulf (Heaney,Seamus) and one of its modern adaptation Beowulf and Grendel (Gunnarson, S) has a few similarities, but they also have a great deal of differences, ranging from views on religion, Women, and even changing some of the story’s main characters. The movie’s addition of the main characters such as Grendel’s son, the witch, and Grendel’s dad, show that we, as the modern people, have a vastly different worldview with regards to the hardships of life’s complexities. A major addition to the main character 's roster was Grendel’s son.
It all started with a parody. In a turn of unlikely events, the crude parody The Real Animated Adventures of Doc and Mharti of the 1980 's classic Back to The Future Trilogy eventually evolved into the now critically acclaimed Rick and Morty Adult Swim series. Although the co-creators actively attempted to distance the show from its Back to The Future origin, it will remain to be an illustration of “Rewriting” from Joseph Harris 's Rewriting: How to Do Things with Texts. According to Harris, “Our creativity has roots in the works of others”, and here creativity rooted from the Back to The Future Trilogy. Harris describes the act of rewriting as not just simply copying the original piece, but it means to contribute new ideas, to create something unique based on other 's past work.
The Timelines Across Ages Submitted by: Lelaine Mercado (9 Argon) We live in the age where technology continues to change the world, slowly but surely. An age where it is wonderful to be alive (albeit the terrorist attacks and the possibility of World War III). And so, I will take the liberty to compare it to a major timeline where technology was it lowest: the Middle Ages. Because despite the obvious differences of each timeline, they are much similar than what you may see. So relax, pull up a chair, light a candle as I continue to compare this timeline to one hundreds of years ago.