According to the film critic, Phillip French, “The Western has always been about America rewriting and reinterpreting her own past,” if this is indeed the case, then the two most popular Westerns of the early 1990s reveal that many Americans had rejected the traditional interpretation of the Old West. The critically and commercially successful, Dances with Wolves and Unforgiven, repudiated the patriotic frontier myth that had characterised the Western when it was the preeminent genre in American cinema. Informed by new Western historiography, itself an expression of political concerns that had been moving into the American mainstream since the 1960s, the movies display a complex and nuanced understanding of the frontier experience. Dances with Wolves rejected the traditional narrative of the inherent superiority of the Anglo-American hero conquering both Native Americans and the wilderness, and also focused on the environmental destruction that accompanied the ideology of Manifest Destiny. Unforgiven would similarly reject the frontier myth, replacing the democratic, civilised frontier town, with a brutal regime in which white men’s property rights prevail over any sense of justice. The film is noted for its self-reflexive nature, with a writer documenting and embellishing the tales of the Old West before the viewer’s eyes. This self-reflexion indicates that Americans were re-evaluating the myths of the frontier, and seeing them for what they were, creations by the
Today I will be talking about is the documentary Paper Tigers. The term paper tigers mean that a person may seem like they are threatening, but they are not at all. This documentary followed various students of all grades at Lincoln High Alternative School and teachers. This showed us what each student was dealing with and why they reacted in a certain way. Paper Tigers was a great documentary to me because it showed something that most people do not see all the time. This showed me how these students deal with raw emotions. How much these kids just want someone that would care/love them and show them some compassion. They want someone to be there for them when they need someone because the people they are around now are giving them no support.
The short story “Why Don’t you Dance?” by Raymond Carver follows the story of a young couple having a strange encounter with an older man who has seemed to have lost someone close to him who also tries to connect with their relationship in an absurd way. The old man sets the mood for the reader by having all his furniture organized outside his house the same way it was inside. The old man and the girl had a dance together, essentially, it was the strangest part of the story. The way the author wrote this short story affects the way the reader comprehends the theme. The author develops the overall theme of the story by using diction, symbolism, structure and absurdity throughout the text.
Mockingbirds will only sing their hearts, not cause any damage or give their lives to pleasing others. Throughout To Kill a Mockingbird great examples are shown of different types of mockingbirds. Atticus Finch, Tom Robinson, and Arthur (Boo) Radley are great examples of representing a mockingbird.
The movie I picked for my presentation is The Little Giants picked this movie because it relates to many key concepts we covered in class. The first being about family due to the fact that the story is based on two brothers. Secondly, gender roles because a girl is playing a male dominant sport. Social groups are then next when the older and more skilled guys talk to the less athletic kids. Finally, is class because where credit was deserved it was given.
This song represents the racism throughout the novel and the social hierarchy. In Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird” a major subject discussed during the novel is racism, and in the song above the same subject is being discussed. In the song it talks about how white people have a privilege over black people, one of the examples used in the song is; “Hip hop started off in a block that I’ve never been to, to counteract a struggle I’ve never even been through.” This is saying white rappers didn’t start off where black rappers did and at they have not had to go through the same struggles at the beginning. Comparing this to the novel when Tom Robinson is on trial, all of the evidence proves he is innocent and that he has done nothing but go
Conformity has been the target of many works of literature even before Holden Caulfield from Catcher in the Rye spewed angst about everyone around him being a “phony.” To many people, there are forces in the social order that shape others to fit a certain mold, and one who does not fit the mold will be considered an outcast by society. During the 1960’s, rebellion was a shared act among the majority, including authors and artists; this was due to the conflict in the East as well as the Civil Rights movement. To these people, the government was a criminal, even a machine perhaps, which threatened one’s individuality. This provides some historical context on the background of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Ken Kesey, the author, worked in
In the short story “Sonny’s Blues” by James H. Pickering, a brother is trying to understand what has led his younger brother, Sonny, to drug addiction and how to help his relationship with Sonny. The instructive purpose of this analysis is to examine how James Baldwin uses the narrators characteristics to construct the central conflict of the story. The two opposing forces that create the central conflict are presented as a person versus self, by a clash of two feelings. On one hand the parental characteristic of the narrator wants to help his brother. The other a closed - minded characteristic of the narrator wants to push his brother away. The central idea of the story is trying to overcome an internal conflict to be able to save relationships with those we love most but tend to push away. A change in thinking and acceptance moves those struggling back together where they want to be.
Dance of the Tiger is a “paleo fictional” novel written by Björn Kurtén in 1955. Dance of the Tiger is set in Scandinavia approximately thirty-five hundred years ago during a thaw Ice Age. The story follows the lives of Neanderthals and Cro-Magnons referred to as whites and blacks. The Cro-Magnons and Neanderthals lived around the same time but yet we share more DNA with Cro-Magnons. The primary objective of the story is to determine what happened to the Neanderthals which Kurten does explain using the story of Tiger, a Cro-Magnon. The story splits into three parts: Veyde, Shelk, and Tiger.
George Bernard Shaw once said, “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” In the novel Walk Two Moons, written by Sharon Creech, Phoebe encounters external forces that cause her to grow or change.
The movie I chose to analyze is Dances with Wolves. This film is about how an American Soldier is sent out west to prepare a Fort for his fellow troops. While doing his best to man his post, he befriends a Suiex Tribe nearby. By walking into their culture he learns that they are not the monsters his fellow Americans have painted them out to be.
A seminar that starts with an opening question from Daisy, asking us about something interesting and cultural we saw during this week. Some of my colleagues mentioned that they saw serials like The Vampire Diaries, dance shows, and also that they are going to see later in the Gulbenkian, the theatre play I am a Beast. My answer to the opening question was the serial Heroes, and I was surprised how many people actually know it. I showed my interest in it and explained that I like it because it is different and it entertains me and keeps me away from stress when I am watching it, being fully concentrated into it.
In the words of the philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, “Our greatest evils flow from ourselves.” In other words, humans harbor an ever present looming evil nature within themselves. Evil is the force in nature that governs and gives rise to wickedness and sin, or the wicked or immoral part of someone. This concept of inner evil rising to the surface permeates William Golding’s dystopian novel Lord of the Flies, that evil exists in every human, proven through the characterization of the marooned boys. There is foreshadowing of the dangers of the boys’ inner immorality from one of the boys, Simon. As the novel progresses, evil starts asserts itself as the boys cast off their innocence and humanity, and turning against each other. Even the
While it may be entirely true that knowledge is power, knowledge combined with forethought and planning may be an unbeatable combination. Whenever one group of people have been subjugated by another, great effort is directed at preventing the accumulation of knowledge and subverting opportunities for forethought and planning by those who are subjugated. One of the ways that a dominate group can subjugate another group is by saying one thing while meaning another in effect, the actions of the dominate group manifest the human hypocrisy. In this story, both the antagonist Mr. Leckler and the protagonist Josh speak and act in hypocritical ways.