Bowling For Columbine as a Carnivelsque Essay

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To what extent can BFC be viewed as drawing on key elements of Bakhtin’s notion of carnivalesque?

Bowling for Columbine is a post-structural film produced by Mike Moore. It leaves a message about America and its people. Today, the world is not a safe place. However, the world is made unsafe by the people who don’t believe it is safe. This is what the film is based on: fear and guns. Bowling For Columbine is a carnivalesque to an extent as it contains many elements of a carnivalesque. These elements are shown through repetition, polyphony of voices and the creation of another world.

Many responders would believe that this movie is a misleading act based on Mike Moore’s self-promotion. When looking beneath the surface however, we can see
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There are so many different opinions and voices that it destroys the one single ideology and therefore, forces responders make up their own mind as to what the answer to the question is.

The repetition of ideas and random images has a significant impact on the answer to the film and the responders. There are many ideas that are seemingly insignificant to guns that are constantly being brought up. However, they all represent some part of America, its people and fear. The report on Africanized bees seems random yet is very significant when relating it to the black and white community. Africanized bees are a lot more harmful than the normal bees that America has. Therefore, families try to kill these Africanized bees. These bees represent the black community and the normal bees represent the white community as they have a bigger population and are less harmful from a white person’s point of view. Identical reports are also repeated to make the point clearer. This is shown through Moore’s arrangement of clips so that reporters are shown to repeat “Black man” and “suspect” continuously. Random images such as these are constantly repeated in the film. This brings forward many ideas as the responder wonders how they relate to the idea of America and guns in the film. However, not just random images are constantly repeated. The same idea of people bowling and the
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