Orientalism has become more and more relevant in people’s life through media and the east are losing what their real culture is like. A film that has Orientalism is “A Passage to India” a lot of critics were saying how this is the directors best film yet which means they are believing what they see in the film as how the east is actually like. People were falling into that trap of how the east was portrayed in cinema and the east was losing their real culture. This movie shows the east as these blood thirsty people who were always attacking the English people in the movie, even at one point a man was dressed as a monkey and jumped on the English woman’s carriage. People were believing that the east were all just fighters which made the east lose culture as people were becoming scared of them. The media is ruining the east and still is today in Disney films such as Aladdin that little kids are growing up watching and seeing how the people are portrayed and that is how they are going to grow up knowing the east as. Orientalism needs to be stopped and when people see how cinema or television is portraying the east they should read up on what the culture really is like so they can see how extracted the media is showing them as. It’s time for people to see the real culture not the media culture.
Author: Mac P.
From Power to Pain
King Lear is a play about tragedy and Lear himself experiences this in a way much worse than any other character. Lear makes his fatal flaw when he decides to split the kingdom off by how much his daughters love him and falls blind to the fake love to Regan and Goneril’s fake love and gives them all the land while not giving Cordelia any who is the one who truly loves him. Lear loses himself after he realized the wronging he has done and starts to go crazy. He even says in Act 1, “Does any here know me? This is not Lear . . . . Who is it that can tell me who I am?” showing he has lost himself and doesn’t know the man he is becoming because of his suffering. He doesn’t realize the wrong he has brought Cordelia until it is too late and asks for her forgiveness but it is too late for she has a sudden death. At this point the tragedy Lear has endued is too much for him and he dies of a broken heart. The tragedy that Lear has gone through is too much for him but it’s too late to do right and this makes him my favorite character because from all the things he did he wanted to do right.
The Script: Poetry behind their words
Breakeven a song by The Script, off the album “The Script” was made in 2008. It’s obvious this song is about a breakout but the deeper you look in the lyrics, you begin to see how much this girl meant to him and how it’s harder to move on then he would of imagined. The lyrics start off with
“I’m still alive but I’m barely breathing, Just prayin’ to a God that I don’t believe in”
This is him telling that this breakup is so hard hitting on him that it’s like he’s a dead man walking, he is alive but he doesn’t feel alive in himself. He’s praying to a god he doesn’t believe in because he is so lost in the world right now and doesn’t know what to do and he’s hoping this god will lead him on the right path to get his life back together.
“Her best days will be some of my worst
She finally met a man that’s gonna put her first
While I’m wide awake she’s no trouble sleeping”
He goes on to talk about how she was able to find a new man and move on with her life while he is still moping about the breakup. He’s thinking about how he messed up and didn’t put her first when he should of, and now she has found a man who puts her first and treats her right. Now she is happy with her life with her new man, while he is staying up late and thinking about all the wrong he did in the relationship leading up to the breakup.
“Cause she’s moved on while I’m still grieving
And when a heart breaks no it don’t break even”
So know after the horrible breakup he has experienced, he realizes that it hasn’t affected her. So he is saying how a heart doesn’t break even because his heart has been shattered from this breakup while she has moved on fast and doesn’t even think about him, So he heart is full with this new man while he can’t get over the breakup.
People travel all the time to try new things in their life and in this instance in the book “Exit West” by Mohsin Hamid the reason the people were migrating was for love. People were migrating through the doors to find safety. But while Saeed and Nadia went through the door to find that safety, they also went through to find their new life of love. Like in chapter 9 the Brazilian man kept going back and forth between Brazil and Amsterdam till he found love with the Dutchman, he was travelling for love and found it just like Nadia and Saeed were searching for. While searching for that love and new life while migrating Nadia and Saeed break apart. The novel ends with Saeed and Nadia each happy in their new lives, which signals the peace that can be found in change and letting go of old places. Showing that the new migration life they were looking for didn’t maybe go as planned they still found the happiness in their new life even without falling in love with each other.
Where’s the Emotion?
In The Stranger, Albert Camus portrays Meursault, the book’s narrator and main character, as detached, and unemotional. He does not think much about events or their consequences, nor does he express much feeling in relationships or during emotional times. He displays an impassiveness throughout the book in his reactions to the people and events described in the book. After his mother’s death he sheds no tears; seems to show no emotions. He displays limited feelings for his girlfriend, Marie Cardona and when asked if he wanted to marry her, he answered with no care at all saying things such as it didn’t make a difference to him and that they could if she wanted to.
Meursault is a very emotionless person, even when it’s serious events such as his mother passing where you think he should show some emotion to that. He has no care for his emotion nor the people around him, making him a dull person.