Finding Forrester: A Cultural Synopsis Finding Forrester tells the story of Jamal Wallace, an African American high school student living in the Bronx and attending a low-income high school. He meets an extraordinary but extremely antisocial writer who helps him to learn life lessons. There are many cultural references in Finding Forrester, including cultural shock, cultural norms, social hierarchy, and counterculture. The story begins with Jamal in his home neighborhood playing a game of basketball with his friends when they notice someone watching them from an apartment window. When Jamal’s friends dare him to sneak into the house of the man who has been watching them and take something; he agrees.
While Ellen’s attempt to transform New York fails, Ellen is able to use her influence over Archer’s heart. Although many elites believed Ellen would be exiled from society, Archer’s interest in Ellen’s foreign background depicts a slowly adapting society. Some of the upper class is beginning to respect Ellen and her European culture, but most of the elites despise Ellen when the narrator says, “There were certain things that had to be done, and if done at all, done handsomely and thoroughly; and one of these in the old New York code, was the tribal rally around a kinswoman about to be eliminated from the tribe” (276). The traditional New Yorkers seem to be excited about the elimination of Ellen Olenska from their society. When Edith Wharton refers to Ellen as a kinswoman, she suggests
The juxtaposition Gene Forrester is caught up in is dealing with a love and hate relationship that causes him to enmesh in personal misgivings. Thus, people can be their own worst enemy if they don't learn to accept who they are. For in striving to be that, it can be said that insecurity is an invisible weapon that oftentimes kills our
In day to day life, people have a general understanding of topics they will and will not talk about to a complete stranger. Although in some cases, individuals are more than willing to boast their opinion, most people keep their beliefs close to them. There are specific unspoken and unwritten communication rules the American society follows. Primarily, the public believes that one should not discuss religion and politics after just making someone 's acquaintance. These unspoken communication rules are ever present in our conversations.
Rather than being disturbed by another, Hurston demands not to be woken. It would seem, then, that her positioning in western literature, unearthed by Walker, is an effect entirely of the poet's own. Hurston's connections remained undisturbed for years after her increasingly limited participation in the Harlem Renaissance. In one sense, her webs continued to glisten for those like Walker who expected to find them. “Journey's End,” while a cryptic reprisal of the author's own beginning, demonstrates the unfaltering power of meticulous craft.
Hopefully, this paper would generate further readings into Forster 's novels, especially A Passage to India, that depict the problematic issues of identity formation, race relations and complexities of colonial discourse in hybrid contexts. Much has been written about Forster’s novel A Passage to India. However, the analysis of the text of the novel from a post-colonial perspective reveals the precision with which Forster depicted the socio-psychological dilemma of Anglo-Indians during the period of the British Raj. A close examination of Forster’s depiction of India will further our understanding of the psychological dilemma of Anglo-Indians who wish to call India home. In this article, I will highlight the process of ‘formatting’ (i.e.
The first is the consistent enunciation of a view which is the master-tone that Emerson uses from essay to essay while the second is the internal linking of the views in the essay. Some scholars have argued that Emerson's views on friendship are strange and radical while others feel that his logic is sound and valid. Many find that there is a critical connection between friendship and other earthly phenomena which Emerson shows through the use of metaphors to create the assimilation of tangible and intangible things in life. At the outset of Emerson’s Friendship Essay, he gives a description of how friendships begin. However, Emerson says it has nothing to do with putting a little effort.
pire (British) Gaze in A Passage to India A story of cross-cultural resonance in postcolonial discourse, A Passage to India, plays on imperial misinterpretations and misunderstandings. Throughout the novel Forster employs a kind of cynical realism to highlight the impossibilities of cross cultural male bonding, between Aziz, the protagonist, an Indian Muslim doctor and Fielding, the English professor. As his biographer P.N. Furbank notes in his biography on Forster, E.M Forster: A Life, using Forster’s own words, “When (I) began the book (I) thought of it as a little bridge of sympathy between East and West, but this conception has had to go, my sense of truth forbids anything so comfortable” (106). Such a statement made by the author himself,
The given excerpt is extracted from the early section of the first part of the E. M. Forster novel ‘The Passage to India’: ‘The Mosque’. Up until now Forster has introduced us to some of the major characters in the novel, and this particular scene is dominated by Mrs. Moore and her son Ronny. In the given scene, Mrs. Moore and Miss Adela Quested are returning home after an evening at the Club with Ronny whom Adela is to be married to. The first part of the scene is quite enchanting with the Indian moon reflecting on the water of the Ganges; “Below them a radiance…appeared” (line 1). With “It belonged neither to water nor moonlight…luminous sheaf…fields of darkness” (line 1-2), Forster brings forth one of the many instances in the novel showing the ambiguous and baffling nature of India which a newcomer English has a hard time grasping.
A Passage to India begins and ends by posing the question of whether it is possible for an Englishman and an Indian to ever be friends, at least within the context of British colonialism. Forster uses this question as a framework to explore the general issues of Britain’s political control of India on a more personal level, through the friendship between Aziz and Fielding. At the beginning of the novel, Aziz is scornful of the English, wishing only to consider them comically or ignore them completely. Yet the intuitive connection Aziz feels with Mrs. Moore in the mosque opens him to the possibility of friendship with Fielding. Through the first half of the novel, Fielding and Aziz represent a positive model of liberal humanism: