Orientalism

I remember the day president Trump was elected. I obviously was born in the United States but more than two-thirds of my family live in France. The reason I’m talking about Trump’s election is that it was one of the more world-renowned elections ever to be held between two very strong candidates fighting against each other. When Trump was elected. my dad and mom truly contemplated what we were going to do about this guy in the office. Meanwhile half of our family in France was destroying our phone lines with the number of questions being asked about what we were going to do. I was so confused as to why they cared about the U.S.A. Election. I asked my dad being the nosey 15-year old I was and told me the best answer with only five words: “American News is World News.”

If you didn’t know what Orientalism was or didn’t understand it from what I just said Orientalism is a theory put forward by the late Edward Said. It is associated with the field of post-colonialism and the study of the cultures and identities of the Orient and Eastern civilizations by the West.

We as students live in a country that influences the world with its culture. Many different countries have big influence but America has the largest influence without even knowing. Some use this influence for good purposes and many just don’t know we have it.

God of Small Things

The God of Small Things is a cool story of one family in the town Ayemenem, Kerala, in India. The story follows Rahel and Estha as they come home to the funeral of their cousin Sophie Mol, and the text does a very good job of switching to moments of their past when things were simpler for them. You can understand the heaviness from the two through their language.

My favorite part of the book was probably at the beginning of chapter 12:

The secret of the Great Stories is that they have no secrets. The Great Stories are the ones you have heard and want to hear again. The ones you can enter anywhere and inhabit comfortably. They don’t deceive you with thrills and trick endings. They don’t surprise you with the unforeseen. They are as familiar as the house you live in. Or the smell of your lover’s skin. You know how they end, yet you listen as though you don’t. In the way that although you know that one day you will die, you live as though you won’t. In the Great Stories, you know who lives, who dies, who finds love, who doesn’t. And yet you want to know again. That is their mystery and their magic (218)

The quote when reading almost seemed as if it solved a world-renowned mystery. and the lead up towards the quote allowed us to settle in and realize what the heck we were just hearing. I remember first seeing this quote having to read it two or three more times to fully understand what was there to be read. and its small things like this that The God of Small Things has truly mastered.

Frozen 2 Lost in the woods

by. Jonah Oufkir

Lost in the woods, by Johnathan Groff is an amazing song that connects to more of a relationship between what seems like a lost soul. and refers to the protagonist as lost in the woods when his love isn’t there.

The song connects to me and Johnathan groff goes over a topic that many people experience if in a relationship or not. the feeling of being lost when you need help being guided is something all of us feel at one point in our lives. If its your mother, father, or lover who is to guide you we’ve all felt lost.

“But is this what it feels like to growning apart

when did I become the one whos always chasing you’re heart

now I turn around and find I am Lost in the woods

North is south right is left when you’re gone.”

Johnathan groff uses the Idea of north is south and left is right to explain his confusion and lost feelings. He wants to stay together in this love but is confused by what this separation could mean for his relationship in the end. he wants to be found by love. he explains to the listener how he doesn’t want to be left alone but its hard to watch what he loves run away.

“Up till now the next step was a questions of heart

I never thought it was a question of weather.

who am I if I’m if I’m not your guy

where am I if were not together.

This specific part in the song talks about questioning ones beliefs about a relationship. A hard part most relationships go through. he see that Johnathan speaks of having self identity from another person’s presence even find home in there words. which makes this song very powerful to me.

https://genius.com/Jonathan-groff-lost-in-the-woods-lyrics

Exit West – Seperation

Jonah.O

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.