When Isabella Seymour, one of Mustafa Sa’eed’s amours in London, asks Mustafa, “are you African or Asian?”” he replies, “I’m like Othello-Arab-African”. Tayib Salih, the author of Season of Migration to the North which recounts Mustafa’s journey west and his subsequent return to a village in his native Sudan, in his novel shows that his novel was written through a lens that shows that it is addressed for the people of the Sudan, that they might find it a mythology of their own. And yet, Season of Migration is, a novel, a form imported by the Arabs from the West during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries when Europe and the Middle East confronted each other issues of culture, colonialism and curiosity. But if Season is, by western
PERSONAL MOVIE REVIEW While analyzing the movie “12 Years a Slave,” one major scene of plot that stood out to me. When Solomon was on the ship to bound for New Orleans, he and the other two slaves were planning about their options. One of the two men said that our hope is lost and if and if Solomon wanted to survive he should 'nd tell any one that he could read and write.Then Solomon’s responded that “I don’t want to survive, I want to
Although they take place in two disparate eras, “Macbeth” by William Shakespeare and “Many Men” by 50 Cent have some semblance. In the play of Macbeth, the character Macbeth does everything in his power, without any moral intervention, to becoming king, a position in which he believes he is prophetically destined for. The rapper 50 Cent creates a rap called “Many Men” in which he shares a mind with Macbeth. While they seem different externally, the two works share the concepts of ego and prophecy, violence, and betrayal. In terms of ego and prophecy, the character of Macbeth and 50 Cent are very similar.
Tone is a very powerful and moving tool for both Heller and Hemingway in their novels. In Catch-22, comedy through absurdity is the overwhelming tone. Heller uses the comedic tone to explain that “[w]ar is irrational”, and leave the reader with a “catharsis in which the grimness of war provides the dominant memory”. Heller does so by creating absurd situations that may begin as funny, however leave one with a “bitter pessimism” (Hasley). An example of this is the tale of Captain Half-Oat, whose family had been Native Americans who, whenever they settled, would happen to settle directly over an oil deposit and be evicted by oil companies.
It is often assumed that in this contemporary society issues pertaining to race have been kept to a minimum, but the true reality is that racism is present in current day America now more than ever. In the novels, The Time Machine by H.G. Wells and Dune by Frank Herbert, there are underlying tones of classism, parochial thinking, and ignorance which lead to the common themes of racism and division within societies, which directly draws parallels to modern American behaviors. Authors Wells and Herbert emphasize the negative human conditions through their characters within their society, stressing the notion that the current common human behavior will ultimately lead to a bigger divide amongst races and will further create a dystopian lifestyle
4. The Besieged City This intended invasion, as Stephen Arata points out, is linked to the cultural fear of Britain being in decline towards the end of the century (622). This "pervasive narrative of decline" (Arata 623) is thematised in Dracula and other late-Victorian literature through the "narrative of reverse colonization" (Arata 623). As the name already suggests, reverse colonisation deals with the fear of the coloniser becoming the colonised through the invasion of a more "primitive" culture (Arata 623). However, according to Arata, reverse colonisation is not only rooted in fear but also stems from a cultural guilt: "In the marauding, invasive Other, British culture sees its own imperial practices mirrored back in monstrous forms"
Abstract: The present research paper is an attempt to study and analyze Mohsin Hamid’s ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist ‘in the light of Identity Crisis, cultural discrimination, terrorism, political corruptions and inferiority complex in the socio-economic and cultural areas. The novel describes the positive and negative developments in the Pakistan and American relations. Hamid in The Reluctant Fundamentalist has attempted the issues of colonialism and the quest for identity on the part of people from the so called developing cultures in the present day context. Hamid has shown that America has assumed the status of neo-colonial power. In prevention, they espouse extremist ideas and assume extreme shades of indigenous identity.
The present yields no meaning without the past.” Therefore despite the differences in time and space the playwrights are able to convey similar issues within their plays. Shakespeare’s “Othello” is set within the 1600s in Venice during a time of Christian domination; whereas Scott’s “An Echo in the Bone” is set between the 18th – 19th centuries in Jamaica during a period of traditional African practices. Both Shakespeare and Scott explore similar universal issues of racism, betrayal, revenge, death and marginalisation through the use of animal and colour imagery, dramatic irony, soliloquys, language and irony. In Shakespeare’s “Othello” the universal condition of racism is explored through the use of animal and colour imagery. According to Mary Ann Frese Witt, “black and white ironically and symbolically deciphers the inner and outer natures of both Othello and Iago.” This is noticed of Othello when he
The 1962’s epic biographical-historical film ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ which also is famous for having a cast of multi-nationalities-Zia Moheyudin and Omer Sharif-includes an opening scene of a young Lawrence filling colours in the desert maps. It’s this desert that has been the fabled illusion of the Arabian nights-mystified in literature and movies. Today’s Middle East by far differs of what it presented a century ago-something that is diverse and even more difficult to comprehend. The present crisis and turmoil in the Middle East has been largely attributed to the internal power struggle and the international power politics being played at the hands of intervention and realpolitik. Almost a century ago in 1916-1919, when the events unfolded the long history of the colonial powers (Britain) struggled to dismantle the Ottoman Empire.
Which is more important; defending one’s honor, or defending one’s home? In many cases it can be one in the same and one’s home often becomes the framework for one’s identity. Chinua Achebe introduces the idea of defending both one’s honor and one’s home with his story about the colonization of Nigeria in the late nineteenth century. In his novel, Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe shapes Okonkwo’s internalized identity utilizing the tribe’s patriarchal culture and his father’s failure. Okonkwo’s identity causes him to feel threatened and, as a result, is hostile towards the colonizers.