My parents were at this time hippies and instill their beliefs about Native Americans. This was a product of the time and believe that all Native Americans to be purely spiritual. This idea recounted by Sacheen Littlefeather in the documentary “The Reel Injun” stating that “people emulated the American Indian as a free spirit”(Diamond, 2010). Movies and the culture at the time enforced this. The area I grew up in was home to the of the Chinook Indians, was taught in elementary level: along with respect and knowledge of the natives of the area, not the Plains Indians that Hollywood characterized.
In Sherman Alexie’s Smoke Signals, the central theme revolves around the idea of fire and ash coming into play relating to the main characters Thomas and Victor. At the very beginning of the film, Thomas is thrown through a window and out of a burning house where his parents ended up dying. He gets caught by a fellow Native American, Arnold, and is returned to his grandmother. The narrator then foreshadows the two children, one being the child thrown from the fire, Thomas, and the other being Arnold’s son, Victor, essentially being related to a fire, one being the actual flame while the other is the ash. Ultimately, they are nearly polar opposites, but go hand in hand with one another.
There are many major differences and similarities between the film, The Mighty, and the book, Freak the Mighty. One major difference is when Max and Freak are rescuing Loretta Lee’s purse from the sewer, and Tony D. and his friends show up in the film, but in the book, they don’t. One major similarity is when Freak rides on Max’s shoulders everywhere they go. First off, the difference occurs in the book, as it states, “No way, I saw one of Tony D.’s punks stuff it down there yesterday morning” (Philbrick 61). This evidence shows that Tony D. and his friends showed up before Max and Freak got to the sewer.
Smoke Signals is one of the most touching films of the 1990’s, based on Sherman Alexie’s short story, This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona. Although it is not a standard Western film, but one can learn much about American Indians’ life as it is a film created and acted by them. The indigenous characters of the film are not represented as the typical Western film’s American Indians, but the story represents indigenous life in a natural way, and gives a contemporary image to the viewer of them as the new generation American Indians, who grew up in Native American boarding schools, speak the English language well, and white people started to convert them into the Christian religion. The well-known stereotypes about their roots and lifestyle appear in a hidden, humorous way with the help of symbols that usually refers to their past; and do not appear in an easy, clear way, as it is hard to understand without any background information about Native Americans. In this paper I would like to search for the symbols of the film, analyse them, and try to understand the historical or even political background of these motifs, which pervades American Indian’s life, and can help us understand their spirituality that is deeply rooted in their culture.
His description of his interactions with the “white girl” in seventh grade is a great example. He starts off by saying “I leaned through the basement window of the HUD house and kissed the white girl.”(Alexie, 349) which is very dry and litteral. He then ends the seventh grade section with the statement “no one spoke to me for another five hundred years.”(Alexie, 349) The end of the grade becomes very poetic. This pattern continues through the story where he makes literal statements followed up with a metaphorical comparison or an intense, poetic exaggeration. It is clear that the short story “Indian Education” has strong ties with
All of the editing happened so seamlessly that it brings the audience into the scene without noticing the “shifts in position and angle” without our even realizing that we were becoming part of the scene (Sikov, 2013). The camera and editing styles help us to identify with the characters in the scenes. The point of view editing was used by Alfred Hitchcock in Rear Window (1954), it is a technique using a series of three separate shots, one of the character looking off screen, a point of view shot showing what they see, and a reaction shot of the character reacting to what they see (Belton, 2013). Lastly, I had forgotten that Humphrey Bogart was a very handsome man and that the film made his skin look very smooth for a man. I like the way that Bogart’s face for the majority of the movie was shown with shadowing on it.
However, even before becoming new Thane of Cawdor, Macbeth comes across as a very ambiguous character. He is inexplicably linked to the witches with his opening line of “So foul and fair a day I have not seen”, uttered just before having his first interaction with the Witches who had been anticipating him since the first scene where they also said the underlying message of the entire production “Fair is foul and foul is fair”. This first interaction although brief tells us a lot about the direction of Macbeth and where the play was headed. After the witches address Macbeth with all of his future titles he goes into shock and only once they are about to leave does he speak up
It appeared the building was possessed by some evil power (Kubrick suggested it could be because the house was built on the Native Americans’ cemetery) that killed some of visitors and workers. The spirit or demon was interested in Danny’s abilities, but the boy used them to call help and save himself and his mother. Jack died (froze to death in the movie) and joined the ranks of people affected by the Overlook Hotel. Kubrick’s The Shining can be called the most famous screen adaptation of this novel. This status remains despite the fact the director cut and changed some aspects of the original story.
The curtains then open to reveal a screen with Century Fox’s logo. The curtains close and open again to show a title card with “ 20th Century Fox presents” to the next card that says “a BazMark production”, and then Moulin Rouge. The Great Gatsby starts with a gate design surrounding the Warner Bros. logo which fades into the same gates with the Village Roadshow Pictures logo which fades into the BazMark logo and eventually to show “J.G”. From here the audience enters Luhrmann’s own theatrical creative world. Both stories are told by a narrator, Christian in Moulin Rouge, and Nick in the Great Gatsby remembering their best moments and how they end in tragedy.
Thomas Builds-the-Fire, a misfit storyteller of the Spokane tribe; Victor, an angry alcoholic guy and Junior, “the happy-go-lucky failure” appear both in the novel, Reservation Blues (1995) and in the short story collection, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven (1993). Alexie calls these three characters “the unholy trinity of me.” Undoubtedly, these characters bear the testimony of his social reality because Alexie wants to unmask the alcoholic addiction and cruel traits of human character. The protagonist of Indian Killer is a Native American, who was adopted out by a white couple. According to Alexie, Indians call Indian children adopted out by non-Indian families “lost birds.” One of Alexie’s cousins was adopted out, which inspired him to create such character. Here the novelist has shed a new light of his autobiographical issues through his protagonist.
Many Indians fought to preventing the government from invading their sovereign land and resisted being force onto reservation. Both Flight and Selma used vivid imagery to show the violence of the oppressor. Alexie’s Flight was full of vivid brutal imagery that helps the reader understand the violent to which the native people up against. Zits, the narrator in Flight mysteriously transported back to 1970s in the body of FBI agent named Hank Storm. When he witnesses one of the agent describing the Native Americans as “The asshole of America” (Alexie 46).
There are roads being built on non-governmental land and it is causing a huge conflict between the Natives and the US government. Great planes expanse has gone through major Native American sites that are very important to them and their history. “A former tribal historic preservation officer of the Standing Rock Sioux, Mentz wore a baseball cap, rimless glasses and two thin braids of graying hair. He was upset and spoke rapidly about the area behind him, an expanse of the Great Plains cut by a new 150-foot-wide road.” (“Government Archaeologists Failed to Review the Dakota Access Pipeline”). Due to the archaeologists failing to see the real problem with both the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Great Planes Expanse, the US government is already budding heads with the Native Americans, which could lead to future problems with them.
Originally, I was drawn to Smoke Signals because of the modern portrayal of Native Americans by genuine Native American actors. Native Americans have little to no representation in modern media; if they are portrayed, they are depicted as casino-loving drunks. This movie begins with a fourth of July “party” on an Indian Reservation in Idaho which drips with irony that is not lost on the party goers. To make it worse, a house full of sleeping Native Americans is burned to the ground causing one of the main characters, Thomas, to be parentless. I think that Thomas goes through many internal struggles with regard to losing his parents and he copes with this by being overly involved in his friend, Victor’s, relationship with his parents.
resident Gregory King and his entourage strolled into the presidential quarters, which to Greg’s surprise appeared untouched since he’d left, except for Stone’s bolted cages covering the windows. The lamps fizzed as they were lit. “Oh, look at all this dust,” Lass said, removing her helmet and shaking out a mane of wavy blonde hair. “They could have at least kept it clean.” Lawrence, his armor still in place, surveyed the door. “I can move the locks back to our side if someone can find me a wrench and bit set.” He rattled the bolts, nodding.
In this part, Schlosser looks at Ray Kroc and Walt Disney 's confounded relationship and in addition every man 's ascent to acclaim. This part likewise considers the mind boggling, productive strategies for promoting to kids. Amid a visit to the Ray A. Kroc Museum, Schlosser watches the Disneyesque tone that plagues the space. Schlosser claims that this is one and only of numerous similitudes shared between the McDonald 's and Walt Disney Corporations. Both Kroc and Disney were conceived in Illinois a year separated; they both dropped out of secondary school; they served together in World War I; they both moved to Southern California after the war.