People Will Help You Get By

In the book Beloved a central theme of community is brought upon the reader when reading the book. Sethe finds a sense of self through her black community when escaping slavery. Baby Suggs comes into the equation by being such a vital part of this community, making her a main character in the book. As African Americans, Sethe and Baby Suggs feel isolated from many different communities in their lives. Creating this community allowed both of them to feel like they had a place somewhere and could not feel so isolated anymore. Even when Sethe is facing charges, her community helps her through the situation, provides her with a sense of relief. This makes me think about how the different communities in our lives can make us feel a sense of relief. Whether that be a community of playing a sport or attending some type of religious meeting, people can create communities that can help change peoples lives and perspectives. With community also comes power, which is seen when the community is rescuing Sethe. As a community builds, it gains power in some way, whether that is within that community or that power is brought outside of it, something is to be said about the things a community can create.

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.

The Beginning of The Book

At the beginning of the book, it was interesting how Mersault reacted to his mothers death. Looking back on the first chapter in the story, Mersault described how he felt a lot in his surroundings. It was rather weird when Mersault also did not want his mothers casket to be opened. Even though this is something that not all people do, Mersault acts differently in this situation, and gets annoyed when the caretaker will not leave the room. When someone asked Mersault how old his mom was, he answers vaguely because he does not know her exact age. I find this interesting because it brings up questions on their relationship before her death. I think from all of this in the beginning of the story we can see that Mersault is indifferent ti his emotions. It does not seem like he is sad or happy about his mothers death, but that he is indifferent to the situation at hand.

This creates confusion to me about Mersault and the way he acts in the rest of the book. I almost see all of this as foreshadowing. When first reading the book, I knew we were in for a ride with Mersault, because of the way he acted and interpreted the situation.

Hidden Under the Mask

In the story “A Secret Woman” by Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, it is clear that there is a disconnect in the relationship between the husband and wife. When first reading the story, I was lead to believe that they had a solid relationship. This idea was created by the playful tone of the first few paragraphs in the story when the two are discussing the ball.

Soon after, a shift in tone occurs and we find out that the husband is under the impression that his wife is having an affair, “She’s here for someone, with someone. In less than an hour I’ll know everything.” (144). When the husband observes his wife further, he learns that she is going around and kissing multiple men.

While this gives a plot twist to the story, the thing that shocked me most was the way the husband described his wife at the end. He described her as having “a monstrous pleasure being alone, free, honest in her crude, naive state, of being the unknown woman.” (146). This brings up a lot of questions. Is he acting out of jealousy? Why would she want to be kissing other men in the first place?

He also hesitated and did not stop her when she was kissing the other man. It makes the reader wonder why he would not want to intrude, and if he was simply mad at her or was okay with letting her have her night of “freedom”. Through all of this, it is seen that the husband and wife have something wrong in their relationship, and it pulls you in and leaves you wondering what their background is as a couple.