The idea of traveling to a new country to explore different types of cultures has the ability to be a very exciting experience. From the abundance of new sights to see and food to taste, one can become caught up in all the hustle and bustle of locals. While exposure to an unfamiliar place is thrilling, one’s abrupt immersion into a completely foreign country tends to prove rather exhausting when it comes to beginning a completely new life. This quick change of pace from a familiar environment to, what feels like, another planet can be quite overwhelming. The theme of displacement while abroad, specifically in Paris, is evident in Jean Rhys’ novel Good Morning, Midnight and Joanna Walsh’s novel Vertigo. Rhys and Walsh both illustrate novels …show more content…
Longing for a place to fit in is very evident through Sasha in Good Morning, Midnight. Throughout the novel, Sasha continuously returns to the desire to buy a new dress and style her hair. “I must go and buy a hat this afternoon, I think, and tomorrow a dress. I must get on with the transformation act” (Rhys 63). Her wish to alter her appearance reinforces the goal to leave the identity of her past self behind. By doing so, she will be able to dissolve her paranoia of being an outsider. Much to Sasha’s dismay, this plan fails and only escalates her social anxiety. For example, she discusses her outright fear of the human race, proclaiming, “Of course I’m afraid of them. Who wouldn’t be afraid of a pack of damned hyenas” (Rhys 173). This continual dread of interaction and attention from others leads to the progression of her drinking addiction and suicidal thoughts. While she never attempts to commit suicide, on a number of occasions, Sasha mentions whether she should or not. In the midst of poverty, losing her child, and a failed marriage, Sasha cannot help but contemplate the end of her life. The ups and downs of navigating an unfamiliar territory while battling alcohol addiction and severe loss, would cause a person to doubt their purpose of existence, such as Sasha. While Vertigo does not illustrate a sense of paranoia and suicide to the degrees of Good Morning, Midnight, the novel still exhibits a longing for acceptance. Walsh eerily exemplifies the narrator’s feelings of uncertainty, writing, “You could employ someone to be me and get just the same thing, maybe even better, if you had the money” (Walsh 66). This short sentence really encapsulates the inner workings of the narrator’s mind. Not only is she paranoid about outside perceptions of her, but she has reached the conclusion that others have the ability to impersonate
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Many writers explore the notion that cultural differences may inflict feelings of disconnection for their central characters. This is shown in the two texts ‘Neighbours’ and ‘Migrant Woman on a Melbourne Tram’, as both protagonists struggle to cope with their newly exposed environment. Despite this, we learn that it can be resolved through the acceptance of one another, yet others may remain to dissociate themselves from society.
Beginning in the mid-1980’s, a number of efforts were initiated to bring awareness and enlightenment to the actual tragedy of AIDS. Two films that evolved out of these awareness campaigns were the documentaries “Paris Is Burning” and “How to Survive a Plague” . Both films, although in significantly diverse ways, provide a window into the alternative lifestyles of LGBT people of the times and the problems and issues they faced. A comparison of these two documentaries demonstrates the initial fears of the public and affected people and the beginnings of acceptance or at least tolerance of these alternative lifestyles.
Individuals respond in various ways to transitioning into a new phase of life and society, these transitions can be challenging and confronting. They can also be transformative and thus some individuals accept and others reject because it’ll often initiate a series of consequences that may accelerate one’s personal growth and involuntarily change one’s perspective and/or attitude. These ideas are manifested in J.C Burke’s, ‘The story of Tom Brennan,' a move about the transitions that characters face after an indelible accident. In correspondence to the short story, ‘Neighbours’ by Tim Winton and is about a young couple moving from the city to the village and finding it difficult to reside with the European migrants.
I walked around unsteadily all day like a lost baby, far away from its pack. Surrounded by unfamiliar territory and uncomfortable weather, I tried to search for any signs of similarities with my previous country. I roamed around from place to place and moved along with the day, wanting to just get away and go back home. This was my first day in the United States of America.
We recently watched the film Paris is Burning, a documentary about black drag queens in Harlem and their culture surrounding balls. Directly related we also read two feminist critiques, Gender is Burning: Questions of Appropriation and Subversion by Judith Butler and Is Paris Burning by bell hooks. Two areas of critique I focus on and question are the critiques regarding the filmmaker, audience and drag queens and how they participate to reinforce a heterosexual racist patriarchy. Furthermore I ask if this line of investigation is the most beneficial way to view and understand the film and its various participants.
Between the end of the First World War and Hitler's seizure of power a cultural explosion occurred in Paris that altered our notions of art and reality and shaped our way of viewing the world ever since. In the 1920's, Paris became the undisputed international capital of pleasure and was regarded as the cultural and artistic center of Europe with a reputation for staging one of its most glamorous eras, as well as some of the most spectacular revues in the world. Imagine for a moment, that it really is 1920's Paris. You are leisurely strolling through the gas lit promenades. World War I is over and the exuberance of jazz musicians, symbolist painters, and American expatriates
The switching points of view help form the world and breadth of the novel. Every chapter guarantees a new point of view and a new central character as parts of the methods of Egan’s madness. The opening chapter “…began the usual way…” (Egan, 1), with the character Sasha in third-person point of view like a typical novel. It exposes Sasha’s vulnerability and weakness, defined by her kleptomania, in an encounter with the character of Alex: “…the mix of feelings she’d had, standing there with Alex: the pride she took in these objects, a tenderness that was only heightened by the shame of their acquisition. She’d risked everything, and here was the result: the raw, warped core of her life” (15). Then, the novel closes with an older, reflective Alex and a glimpse into Sasha’s newfound strength and happiness. The end of the novel “…was
In the modern Paris, society is divided into different classes of people, different jobs, and different features of modern life. The Belly of Paris, written by, Émile Zola is about a man named Florent who was wrongly put in prison from Louis-Napoleon’s coup-d’etat. He escapes from prison and returns from the countryside to find an unrecognizable Paris. The Belly of Paris describes the class differences in the 1870s - there is the bourgeoisie, which is defined as the middle class, typically with reference to its perceived materialistic values or conventional attitudes; the capitalist class who own most of society's wealth and means of production contrasted with the lower working class. By portraying and describing characters as the food
Down to earth and written in an easy to relate manner like Geraldine DeRuiter‘s blog The Everywhereist, All Over the Place: Adventures in Travel, True Love, and Petty Theft isn’t your typical travel memoir. While travel is a major theme, the book is more about the role that travel has played in the DeRuiter‘s life and not a tell all about the various travel adventures she’s had one her own and with her husband. This makes the book more of memoir than travelogue.
Even when Sasha does not want to remember her past, it creeps up on her and comes to life anyway. She is walking down a Paris street on her second day in town and as she is walking, she remembers that she used to work at a shop not far from the street she was on. She recounts the story of a woman who came into her shop that was bald and she was looking to buy an accessory to wear in her hair for the evening. The woman’s daughter is completely embarrassed and she begs her mother to leave. After trying on several different pieces, the old woman finally gives up. Sasha overhears the daughter tell her mother that she has made a perfect fool of herself and that if she ever intends on doing such a thing
Connection: Holistically, the use of foreshadowing also ties in with the motif of red. This color can be expressed and explained in many ways but the motif in the novel shows the reader how powerful the color is, giving a strong meaning that red is the blood that’s spilled, the anger of the common people due to the oppression and inhumanity they are living in and the danger, giving the readers some warning and gives us a thing of what may or may not have in the novel. It enforces how red is a strong color being used as a sign of revenge and hatred. This motif was shown again in the novel during the French Revolution where Darnay attempts to return to France to save Gabelle but then was arrested in the middle of his journey to Paris. Darnay
I would rather been a member of urban poor in 18th-century Paris instead of a serf on a 13th-century French manor. First all all, although the serfs were not the slaves, they still have limited freedom. “Agricultural labor was traditionally carried out by serfs, who were bound by tradition to fulfill their obligations to their lords” (McKay et al, 171). If I were a poor people, however, I can do things or find jobs as what I want instead of being controlled by the landlords.
The environment in which people live in demonstrates the societal norms and values of said culture. In Émile Zola’s The Belly of Paris, Florent, a political outcast, returns to Paris only to find that the regime has drastically changed. Napoleon III, a self-elected emperor, has torn down many of the streets of Old Paris to make room for the angular and orderly streets of New Paris as well as the new markets of Les Halles. Throughout the novel, the character’s lives revolve around the various markets in Les Halles and the streets of Paris. Zola uses descriptions of architecture and city planning as well as how people use space within Paris to demonstrate the city’s corruption, signifying that the architecture of a city is a reflection of
American in Paris, based off the novel by Craig Lucas, was made into a 1951 musical film. The movie is known for George Gershwin’s famous music and Gene Kelly’s tap dancing. It told a happy nostalgic story of an American young painter in Paris who falls in love. In 2015, a musical was created based off the movie with the same music and similar characters. However, the story was much more dramatic, and about young people experiencing a Paris just freed from the occupation during the war. Christopher Wheeldon choreographer and director is known for classic ballet choreography. The show used the new blending of art to create a new and more meaningful experience for the audience, and expands the possibilities of musical theatre, and ballet.
Gentilly is located at a distance of 5 km (Miles 3.10) from Paris. As a result of an expansion of Paris on January 1, 1860, about half of the commune of Gentilly was annexed to Paris. They now form the neighborhoods of Maison-Blanche and Glaciere in the 13th arrondissement of Paris. Again On 13 December 1896, half of the remaining territory of Gentilly was detached and amalgamated in Le Kremlin-Bicetre, reducing Gentilly a quarter of its pre-1860 area.