Is She Wrong?

Throughout the time of slavery, many people did the unthinkable by taking their own lives or their children’s lives just to keep them out of the hands of a slave owner. Sethe makes that ultimate choice but is she wrong from taking the life of her child Baby Suggs.

Sethe puts her child baby Suggs to rest after the slave catcher comes to take them back to slavery. Sethe feels that if she out hurts her child from the pain of slavery she can save her child from the time and trama of everything she had to endure doing her time on sweet home’s plantation. Paul D felt she was being an “Animal” and could have easily run before taking the life of her child but is she wrong or is she right the question is why is she wrong and why is she right. She is right from the perspective that no one wants to see someone that they love and care to be placed into a system that works them and destroys them from the inside out. Sethe was not trying to find an easy way out for her kids but find a better way for them to be free and go to the next phase of life. Here is where some might feel she is wrong for killing her child since she has two feet and not four and could have easily run until she reached safety or gave it a fighting chance to make it out safely. Sethe took the choice of her childhood growing up and being able to make it through life without being enslaved. Even if Baby Suggs was enslaved she could have still possible made it out by escaping sweet home even though it would not be easy, it was not impossible since her mother and others in the community were able to escape as well.

Sethe chose to take baby Sugg’s life he choice was not a selfish choice but it was also a somewhat non-moral choice to decide to take another’s life. So is Sethe wrong or was she right for her decision it’s up to you and how you look at it from different non-bias perspectives.

Maria and Matthew: 2 Meursaults, One Movie

When I first read about Trust, a movie directed by Hal Hartley, and how it was supposed to be from the perspective of a “female Meursault”, I was expecting there to be only one character similar to Meursault. Instead, while watching, I found myself looking at 2.

In my opinion, I thought that both Marie and Matthew represented Meursault’s character. I think that the similarity in names to The Stranger in some sense, is to throw the watcher’s view off. Maria, is expected to be similar to Marie, and Matthew is expected to be like Meursault. However, because of their personality traits, I think that Marie’s lack of understanding for people and Matthew’s alienation from people around his community, cause them to both be similar to Meursault. Together, both of them face problems from all sides, whether its Matthew’s abusive father or Maria’s extra controlling mother.

Matthew and Maria’s “last hurrah” can be seen as the grenade going off at Matthew’s workplace. Similarly, Meursault’s last hurrah can be seen as him killing the Arab. Though, Maria didn’t end up getting punished for the grenade (because she wasn’t the one to ensue the problem) however I think she played a large roll in the events leading up to it.

Her lack of empathy towards Matthew can be seen when she tells him she no longer wants to marry him and wants to pursue what she wants individually; Matthew is heavily affected by this, most likely because it’s his last string of hope he had. Nevertheless, I think that while the two of them are not “fully” Meursault, they both have characteristics that are very much similar to him.

I also think that Hartley’s writing up of the characters were fantastic. In my class, I found that many people found the characters weird if not just boring; I think that the lack of emotion and the grittiness of the camera work added to this aesthetic that was very much Stranger-esque(?)…

Honestly, I missed a day of viewing so to say the least, I was pretty confused watching the ending. Other than that, I thought the movie itself was pretty interesting. What are your thoughts on Trust? Do you think that both of the main characters represented Meursault? Or only one?