Why I “Trust” that these characters are similar.

When first watching the film Trust, I walked out of the lecture hall confused but in wonder of what would happen next. I then started to see patterns of how Matthew’s character related to Mersault. The part that really set off this idea in my head at first was when Matthew had the hand grenade with him at all times. I saw his view of life from the eyes of Mersault who also had a perspective of an existentialist.

But what really stood out to me in the film was the use of language and just overall how the movie was foreseen. I really thought of this movie as confusing, because the situations were things that would happen in real life, but how they were carried out seemed different to me. I especially thought conversations between Maria and Matthew were interesting. I noticed them interrupting each other and just when I didn’t think they had a strong connection, they were kissing and Matthew was proposing to Maria. Existentialism in the movie came towards the end when Matthew was going to blow up part of the factory and commit suicide. This showed that Matthew was impulsive like Mersault was. Both characters had their own flaws which it seemed they would both dwell on, therefore causing them to think of life negatively. Even though these characters are similar, the overall language of the two stories is very different, the book being more straight forward versus the movie keeping you guessing and in wonder of what exactly was going on.

Exit West – Seperation

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Exit west continues this Idea of two different lifestyles coexisting against one another. These two different Ideas separate each other. Nadia, a free spirit away from her family and disconnected from what she is supposed to be. Saeed, very much connected to his family and very appreciative of what he has. The two half’s separate each other, Though not the way one may think. The separating between the two wasn’t negative, it was positive and allowed both of them to learn from each other. Nadia learned of the sweat comfort one could give if you let another in. Saeed learned the struggle some had to face in order to live, Saeed learned about the changing environment and how to stay connected to one’s family even if separated by miles of space. We both see two different life styles and two different ways of living but in the end both Nadia and Saeed stay together and live off each other. These two people instead of being separated a pushed away because of their differences they are connected by their differences and are learning from one another.

Exit West and Escape

“Exit West” Is a great novel by Mohsin Hamid that features lots of different themes. One common theme that I saw a lot of in the book was escape, with lots people using the magical doors to escape from one place to another.

My favorite sentence that encapsulates this is, “All their doors remained simple doors, on/off switches in the flow between two adjacent places, binary either open or closed, but each of their doors, regarded thus with a twinge of irrational possibility, became partially animate as well, an object with a subtle power to mock, to mock the desires of those who desired to go far away, whispering silently from its door frame that such dreams were the dreams of fools.” (73). I really like this sentence because it shows Nadia and Saeed’s home and desire to escape, even to the point of believing in magical doors.

Interconnection Through Media

Throughout Exit West, Nadia and Saeed are confronted with disconectivity due to the lack of cellular reception. At the beginning of their relationship when the war isn’t too severe, the two can plan meetups, discuss their wellbeing, and have a presence in each other’s lives when they’re separated. As the severity of the war results in increased government control, Nadia and Saeed’s connection is limited to face-to-face interactions. They had to plan ahead and make their time spent together worthwhile. 

After leaving their hometown to Greece, Saeed immediately tries to call his father on the phone. Due to his service not reaching the distance, Saeed cannot communicate with or know anything about the health of his father. Although he knew he would most likely never see his father in person again, Saeed still hoped he could contact him through their phones.

In our current society, those who have access to the internet and phones often take the amenity for granted. While one could communicate with their friend from across the world at any point, some don’t have the fortune of being able to hear from their loved ones. 

Hamid’s inclusion of the absence of media between Nadia, Saeed, and his father reflects the lack of connection migrants often have from their hometown. When the face-to-face interactions are cut off due to location, one can only rely on phones or letters to bridge the distance. If access to media is unattainable for the migrant, their connection with a loved one is diminished to memories and thoughts.

Why am I not hating a required English class book?

With all due respect, when we opened the box of fresh books a few weeks ago and it hit me that we were about to start a new unit, I was not very thrilled. Reading used to be one of my favorite hobbies and I would become addicted to books. However, as high school began, that passion drained and the books that I read for school exponentially added to my lack of desire to read.

But as I began to read “Exit West,” I found myself interested in what happened, and wanting to read the next chapter. So why is this book different than all of the other books? The syntax is unique and the culture is different than any book that we have read, but normally those aren’t factors that excite me. Perhaps it excites me that it doesn’t take place in 18th century Europe and written with extremely complicated diction. However, I have simply found that the plot is intriguing. While the story of a refugee is extremely relevant in our world at this time, it isn’t something I see or experience first hand, so reading about a situation like this is something I have not had much exposure to. I am constantly waiting to see what comes next. The mix of realistic plot lines and the transporting doors keeps the readers on their toes as the real world takes a “magical” twist. This aspect, along with the political issues that are quite obviously alluded to, make this book an interesting read.

I am not saying that I have given up on my dislike of required English class reading material, I am simply saying that compared to all else, I have enjoyed this book the most. From Jane Eyre to short stories to Shakespeare, Exit West has been quite above average.

Women don’t need Superpowers to be A Hero

Woman at War takes place in Iceland and is about an environmental activist named Halla. The plotline follows Halla’s life fighting against the aluminum industries.

Halla isn’t sending hateful letters or protesting on the industry’s front lawn; she is out in the fields taking down power towers. She travels miles to the power lines, camps in freezing temperatures, and survives by herself. Halla is a warrior trying to make a difference for herself and future generations and help the environment.

In addition, to fight against the industry, Halla gets the opportunity to adopt a little girl from Ukraine, which holds its challenges. Being a mother is a huge responsibility, and Halla faces this when she realizes the reality of her actions are going to conflict with her duties.

In the end, even with obstacles in her way, Halla claims the role of a hero for herself, her country, sister, and future.