No Man Is an Island Essay

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No man is an Island Essay.

‘No man is an Island’ – John Dome, presents to us a solid idea that states that no man can survive alone, the quote shows an inclusivity of all men and women stating that it is an impossibility to survive alone. The idea that No man can be an Island can be morphed into, ‘man is an ever growing and changing island’. My two texts and film ‘Heat and Dust – Prawer Jhabvala’, ‘Not in India – Sadi Hussain’ and ‘Chocolat’ demonstrate this dynamic that ‘no man is an island’ but man is an ever growing and changing Island.

Heat and Dust is a dynamic text in which a bi-temporal framework is used to follow the paralleled lives of two British women living in India 50 years apart in the 20th century. Personal preferences and
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With the main purpose of the narrator to follow the activities of her grandmother, her identity and attitudes allow the simpler and natural way of life and therefore allow man/women to be an ever growing and changing Island.

‘Chocolat’ is a film which presents a nomadic family entering a village where they have the potential to challenge or enrich the group or community. Similarly this text shows the aspect of personal identity where ones lifestyle can challenge the status quo of a community. As the film starts, extreme long shot’s are used to depict setting and church bells can be heard as diegetic sound, the sound of a north wind can also be heard as narration is further used to describe the setting. The effect of this opens the village/town up as a religious town with and dull lifestyle foreshadowed by the full lighting and low angle shots of the church. Vianne and Anouk, the two main characters go against this, ‘Don’t you go to church?’ ‘We just don’t go’. The effect of this shows a power change through the shift of a low angle shot of the mayor of the town to Vianne cleaning up on the ground but showing a challenge to the norm of the village. Where one has different ideals or beliefs than the larger community man/woman is
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