The movie O' Brother by the Coen brothers is a modern story based on the ancient Greek story of the Odyssey by Homer. In each story, the main character is a man facing challenges and trying to return to his wife. There are vast similarities and differences between these stories such as the theme, settings, characters and the relationship between these characters. In O' Brother, Ulysses Everett McGill is the main character. He and his two companions, Delmar and Pete break out of prison and go looking for treasure.
In John Landis’ 1980 film The Blues Brothers, “Joliet” Jake and Elwood Blues try to track down their old band members to remake The Blues Brother so they can raise enough money to save the orphanage where they grew up. After serving a prison sentence he received by robbing a store to pay for the band’s expenses, Jake meets with his brother, Elwood, who takes Jake to meet with the Penguin, the nun who raised the orphaned brothers at Saint Helene of the Blessed Shroud Orphanage. The Penguin tells the two that if they want to help pay for the orphanage bills, they need to collect $5,000 in a week, and they need to do so lawfully. Jake then decides that to accomplish this task, the brothers should bring their old band back together to play several shows and raise the money. The Blues Brothers travel all over Illinois to find their band members while police officers, Illinois Neo-Nazis, country singers, and a murderous ex-girlfriend try to find and kill them.
On the bus, the narrator encounters various people who reveal what the nature of Hell is. First, the narrator meets a youth. After a puzzling comment from the boy, the narrator asks, “Do they like [Grey Town]?” (Lewis 469). The youth is convinced that the damned like Hell “as much as they’d like anything” (Lewis 469). These words ring true over and over again as the narrator talks with MacDonald and observes the ten interviews between a Ghost and a Solid Being.
Ovid’s Metamorphosis vs Harrison Bergeron All our life we have been taught to follow the rules, but what happens when we don’t? Two examples of this are the Icarus tales, the original source, “Metamorphoses” by Ovid and the short story “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut. They both tell the story of a son who pushes gets too greedy and overcome with emotion and in the long run that ends up killing him. By comparing the two stories, You can see how the plot, character, and message change from story to story but also the similarities and create new meanings. I do feel that it is an Icarus re-telling because of all very similar characters and messages.
Reflection Paper on Smoke Signals (directed by Chris Eyre) Smoke Signals is a movie about a young man names Victor and his friend Thomas who travel to Phoenix, Arizona to escape the reservation they live on. Smoke Signals shows an explicit representation of Freud’s Functionalist Reductionism of Religion as Victors faith and religion is being tested by his emotional turmoil experienced through his life. Smoke Signals also shows a relation to Freud’s concept that religion arises from emotions and conflicts of childhood as well as the need for a fatherly figure in one’s life (both in the celestial and real worlds). This essay will firstly discuss the situations which support the ideas of Freud’s Functionalist Reductionism Theory. Secondly, symbols
In the short story My Son the Fanatic, the relation between father and son gets tested, when the father Parvez, discovers that his son Ali has developed his religious believes into a more extreme manner. The short story takes place in England, and deals with a father’s desperate attempt to understand his son, and a son’s attempt to find himself, and take a stand on western society and believes through a religious perspective. In this essay I will analyze and interpret the short story, by answering following research questions: The characterization of the protagonist Parvez, the setting in the short story, the relationship between the father Parvez, and his son Ali, and the main theme. Parvez is the protagonist in the short story; he is a Pakistani immigrant, making his living in England, driving the taxi. Parvez is very assimilated to the western believes, although his son Ali, seems to be embarrassed that his father, drinks whiskey, eats pork, talks to prostitutes and according to Ali is “Too implicated in western society”.
However, because Solomon escaped and left his kids, Milkman’s grandfather, grew up an orphan. Furthermore, Macon Dead I’s son, Macon Jr., witnessed a white men murder his father. Macon Jr. never fully recovered from that horrifying moment which made him become a greedy, vicious man who was obsessed with money, thus, causing Milkman to share some of his characteristics. Milkman’s findings about his family history gave him joy and a sense of purpose. Before he knew about his family history, he was a spoiled, selfish and unloving person.
Memos on “Notes of a Native Son” James Baldwin’s “Notes of a Native Son” tactfully touches on the subject of racial and cultural unrest in the United States in the 1950s. It recounts the story of James Baldwin, and his battle of tolerance and stereotypes. Throughout the work, Baldwin manages to convey societal issues through an autobiography as he shares stories from his upbringing and youth. He marks the events that would shackle him to the makeup of his race, rather than the makeup of a man. Baldwin's essay “Notes of a Native Song” demonstrates the issues of race in the 1950s by relating the moral disregard of the country to his own experiences throughout his life.
Ella’s eagerness from her new freedom is cut short when King Edgar abruptly throws her in jail for attempting murder on the Prince. During the Return section of a Hero’s Journey, this event would also be called the Magic Flight or Pursuit. Next comes Rescue from Without, where the hero seems helpless and almost on the verge of dieing, yet someone rescues the hero. Thanks to Slannen and his backup from the forest, Ella only spends a short amount of time in jail. The new troop break Ella out of the jail and rush towards Prince Charmont’s coronation, where King Edgar plots to place a poisonous crown on the Prince’s head.
After watching Fyodor Bondarchuk’s two part film, the Inhabited Island, and using my past knowledge of one of my favorite genre, I became convinced that this is another instantiation of the typical western superhero journey due to its character development of the main protagonist, Maxim, and its use of special effects. I postulate that Bondarchuk used the classic novel by the popular Strugatsky brothers to create an action filled, western-inspired blockbuster film which played a functional role as a piece of Russian propaganda to distract the public from an accumulation of certain geopolitical events during the time of its release. As we initially meet our hero, Maxim, we learn that he is a space explorer from a futuristic earth where the space race has evolved to exploring alien planets. In the first few scenes