Stasiland (2002) is a non-fiction journalistic text written by Anna Funder whereas, in 1984 (1949) written by George Orwell is a dystopian novel. Both texts look at how oppression works and what they have in common is the oppression of individualities. Anne funder is looking at what really happened, yet it is still horrific however, Orwell takes it to an extreme because it’s a novel. In addition to this, in Stasiland people’s privacy and freedom is being invaded because of the uncontrollable power that the Stasi holds. This is the same with 1984, Big Brother and how they would watch everything that happens to every single individual so they’re not going against the country.
The goal of the 415 BCE play, The Trojan Women was to discourage war in the ancient Mediterranean world. The play showed the hardships that came with war in an attempt to end violent conflict. The same can be said about the 1971 film. The cinematized version of the play was released amidst the peak of Vietnam protest and aimed to show, yet again, the consequences of war. The film is one of the more interesting war films because its main characters are not the soldiers, but the people affected by the loss that war brought them.
William Golding, having served in World War II, knew about the egregious disasters that could arise from brainwashing, detrimental influences. Hence, in order to ensure history would not repeat itself, Golding emphasized the slippery-slope nature of sinister INFLUENCEs on society in his novel, Lord of the Flies, namely through character development. Initially in the PLOT, everyone willingly agrees to “have rules and obey them” claiming that they have “got to do the right things” (42). However, they ultimately end up clashing between and changing their opinions on the values they advocate for in the beginning, like peace, and the opposites of those values, such as savagery.
There were many aspects about the film, Charlie Wilson’s War, that struck me besides the drug and alcohol abuse, or the sexual content that was pervasive in the Congressman’s life. However, despite his vices, Charlie Wilson played an instrumental role in convincing both the CIA and Congress to support the Mujahideen’s efforts against the Soviet invasion. Personally, what caught me the most by this film, as the way in which the public influenced foreign policy, particularly the role of Joanne Herring. Without her, I feel he would have been much more challenged in accomplishing his goals without her reputation among the Pakistanis, and public support. I also thought it was interesting to see just how influential a single member of congress could
In both the play The Crucible and the film Good Night and Good Luck, the characters reflect the people during the Red Scare of the 1950’s and the Salem witch hunts of the 1600’s. Even though in different time periods, both events caused controversy and chaos that made people very afraid of having a communist or witch reputation. Both Edward Murrow and John Proctor are similar in the manner that they both fight against the government’s power. For example, Proctor was against Judge Danforth because he was accused of association with the devil, just like Murrow was accused of communism by Senator McCarthy. Both were willing to stand up against hysteria even if it would ruin their reputation.
The Chinese film Devils on the Doorstep directed by Jiang Wen is a quintessential example of postmodern humor and the use of satire to point out political issue. Wen essentially takes the traumatic events of WWII between Japan and China and turns them into dark jokes. The film seems to propagate stereotypes throughout the film like Chinese referring to Japanese as devils and saying that they sound angry all the time and Japanese people referring to Chinese as simpletons. However, it then downplays Chinese, Japanese social tension in scenes like the interrogation of Dong and Hanaya take tragic events like Japanese killing and
Rule breaking, leads to rulemaking. But to break an established rule in any artform hinges on the author's intent; to do it out of ignorance or laziness just results in sloppy work. To effectively break the rules, it’s necessary to learn them, acknowledge them, and then go on without them. John Huston’s The Maltese Falcon (1941) is the perfect example of this. Huston makes use of the tools in classical Hollywood narration to create a visually and technically mediocre film, but manipulates and bends those same tools to profoundly enhance storytelling and character development.
Major conflict: The major conflict for this story is Person versus Person. Aslan and the siblings fight against the evil White Witch in order to prevent her from reigning Narnia with despotism. The idea of both sides having an army creates a good amount of characters for the movie as if it was not just the White Witch versus the siblings and Aslan. The conflict between the two groups (societies) significantly leads to one of the main themes of the story —— Good versus Evil, for which we can argue that it kind implies the World War 2 situation outside. For this conflict, each key character has contributed to it and the audiences can personally choose to either hate or like them.
The battle against society to find one’s truth is a crucial element in both the play Oedipus the King and the film Minority Report. The measures that certain characters take to reveal or hide their own truth represents the desire to mask and unmask hidden knowledge. In Oedipus the King, author Sophocles reveals how Oedipus ultimately dooms himself during his quest to learn the truth about his past. Director Steven Spielberg visually depicts actor Tom Cruise in a fight against the system he helped create, combating the truth which he cannot fathom. Many of the key motifs observed throughout both stories, an example being the tussle between sight and blindness.
In both Batman and the Dunkirk trailer Nolan forces us to think about who is the hero of the film and if they may also be the anti-hero. By having the British and French seemed trapped in every way it immediately makes them seem innocent. The trailer shows the enemy picking them off slowly but surely making the opposing side, Germans (the anti-heroes).However, saying that there is still no definite hero for Dunkirk. It is no longer possible, in the world created by Nolan, to have traditional heroes or villains. In many of Nolan’s films, a main character starts off with redeeming qualities only to be shown later as having evil qualities.