Motif of Animals

“Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead” by Olga Tokarczuk is a complex novel with many themes and motifs, including the motif of animals. The protagonist, Janina Duszejko, is a retired engineer who lives in a remote village in Poland, where she becomes obsessed with the deaths of several hunters. Throughout the novel, animals play an important role as they are seen as both victims and symbols.

One of the central motifs of the novel is the relationship between humans and animals. Janina is a vegetarian who loves animals and believes that they have souls and deserve respect. She is also deeply critical of hunting and the mistreatment of animals. Her views are contrasted with those of the hunters in the novel, who see animals as nothing more than targets and trophies.

The animals in the novel are also symbolic. Janina sees them as messengers, and they often appear to her in dreams and visions. For example, the deer that appears in her dreams represents freedom and escape from the constraints of human society. Similarly, the hare that she finds dead in her yard represents vulnerability and the cycle of life and death.

Through the lens of the animal world, the novel questions the value systems of human society and explores the consequences of our actions on the natural world.

Comedy in “Grown Ups”

“Grown Ups” is a 2010 comedy film directed by Dennis Dugan. The film stars several popular actors like Adam Sandler, Chris Rock and Kevin James, who all have grown their careers through comedic films and television. The movie follows five childhood friends who reunite after 30 years to attend the funeral of their basketball coach and spend the weekend together with their families.

The film uses a lot of physical comedy, slapstick humor, and crude jokes to elicit laughter from the audience. It also plays on the idea of grown adults acting like children, with the main characters engaging in immature antics and pranks. Many of these events take the characters back to their childhoods and help them rediscover old bonds. This tactic within the film gives the audience a good laugh, while also helping them grasp human nature and how it works.

While some audiences find the film entertaining and funny, others criticize it for its reliance on lowbrow humor and lack of depth in its characters and plot. I believe the film was a comedic success as it gained a lot of revenue and paved the way for the second film “Grown Ups 2”.

Overall, whether or not someone finds “Grown Ups” to be a funny comedy will depend on their personal taste in humor.

Migration In Exit West

Exit West showcases that characters have the freedom to migrate almost instantly through doors. Resulting in characters doing so in search of new possibility or to escape the dangers of where they were previously. When Saeed and Nadia migrate they leave their lives they had before and use migration as an opportunity for change. Most would depict migration as an interval between departures and arrivals but Hamid depicts it as a condition of living in the world. Hamid shows us that migration is a normal aspect of life and that identity can fluctuate because of this. He displays this through both Saeed and Nadia, when they go through change in each of the places they visit through the doors. In the end, most would view migration as the struggle that one goes through, but Hamid changes that view and turns it into something positive. Where characters who do migrate mainly experience positive outcomes.

Responding to Benjamins’ “Bonds Of Love”

Benjamin states that domination and submission are key factors in relationships. Humans have accepted the fact that the man displays the domination while the woman remains submissive. She then digs deeper on how domination actually works within a relationship. Domination is in fact a complex psychological which ties both parties in a relationship in bonds of complicity. Benjamin showcases different scenarios where the man can be dominant and where the woman can be dominant. She states that culture plays a big role in why we accept this domination, saying, culture preserves the structure of domination even though it appears to embrace equality. She says feminism’s opinion on domination is the female is vulnerable because of the general male aggression