In the film Powaqqatsi, Godfrey Reggio explores the everyday lives of individuals in impoverished or Emerging Nations; the film spans from places in Asia to small villages in Africa. There is a scene in Powaqqatsi that shows a busy intersection and individuals dressed in formal work attire, people in cars, and others riding bikes; Reggio then decides to have a quick scene that shows a homeless man lying on a piece of cardboard while others continue to walk around him. It seems that the individuals in Powaqqatsi are torn between keeping their traditional ways or conforming to become modern. The people in the formal work attire and the homeless man in Powaqqatsi can be compared to the two images of Frida in the painting Los Dos Fridas, by Frida Khalo. In the painting, Frida Kahlo painted two of her: one in a more traditional dress, the other in a modern dress. In the painting, Frida Khalo shows a heart on each of the Fridas, but on the traditional Frida Kahlo, one of her arteries is cut. Like the people in the film, it seems as if Frida Khalo is stuck between keeping her traditional ways, or conforming, but there...
... middle of paper ...
...egan to go downhill with allegations which, lead to the cancellation of her show. It is apparent that even the Western ideals have affected their own kind, but the changing in commercials symbolizes that the Western way of life wasn’t the optimal solution.
There are thousands of cultures, languages, and different ways of living. Samantha Fox an English pop-singer once said, “It 's different cultures that make the world go round at the end of the day.” Everyone brings something different into this world, whether it’s food, music, or religion. At times, it isn’t beneficial to place ideals onto others because of the unknown outcome. It would be helpful if Western Nations look in depth at the problem that is going on in the Emerging Nations and find a feasible solution to the problem. It is seen that even in Western Nations, the ideals we have are harmful to our own.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- In the 1950’s, or post-WWII, the economy was prosperous and filled with wealth; shortly after, the housing industry began to flourish. The American Dream was what individuals strived-for: to own a home, a car, and have a surplus of spending money; It seemed as if things were going well. While Western Nations were prospering, this wasn’t the case for the Emerging Nations. The question asked is if Western ideals are designed for other; the answer is found by looking at various pieces of art, including the film Powaqqatsi, a painting by Frida Kahlo, the TV show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, and the book the Great Gatsby.... [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]
1022 words (2.9 pages)
- Analysis of “The Great Gatsby” By: F. Scott Fitzgerald Gatsby, one of the most notable names in American literature today still strikes excitement and wonder in the minds of its readers almost 90 years after the original copy was published. The story of luxury, love, and tragedy grip its audience like ever before. Most authors can only dream of such success but Fitzgerald’s use of symbolism, plot and character truly made “The Great Gatsby” a lasting book in history. The books author F. Scott Fitzgerald, was born on September 24, 1896, in St.... [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]
1009 words (2.9 pages)
- Cruelty plays a major part in developing an author’s portrayal of different characters, as well as the connection between these characters and what they represent. As a young writer, F. Scott Fitzgerald grew up in Minnesota, and in many ways his life is paralleled by the background of Nick Carraway, the narrator and a character in his book The Great Gatsby. In this novel, Fitzgerald uses many strategies to develop each character - among these is the cruelty of one character towards another. The most significant act of cruelty in the book is Daisy Buchanan’s role in Myrtle’s death, and her actions following this death.... [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]
1136 words (3.2 pages)
- It is certainly true that the characters of ‘The Great Gatsby’, ‘Ethan Frome’, and ‘Howl and Other Poems’ turn to illusions in order to escape from the harsh realities of their lives. Becoming increasingly impuissant at coping in the process. The question is whether it is the act of turning to illusions for comfort, that is ultimately responsible for their inability to cope and ultimate downfalls; or if the characters themselves bear ultimate responsibility and are merely hiding behind their immersion in fantasy in attempt to remove any culpability for their actions, of lack thereof, from themselves.... [tags: The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jay Gatsby]
1412 words (4 pages)
- Since the beginning of time, man has written himself into history. Whether it was on cave walls, or in scripts, men have wanted to leave behind a legacy. One of the most well known men is author F. Scott Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald had always wanted to write the greatest American novel- and so he created the Great Gatsby. Although it is not the greatest American novel, it is studied by high schools and has several movie adaptions. However, he had to take a great journey to create this story about Jay Gatsby and his endless hope.... [tags: literary analysis, the great gatsby]
1143 words (3.3 pages)
- In the novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby, the characters truly believe that they can have everything they ever dream for and have a life that others will envy. Myrtle and Gatsby both seem to have the same agenda for their lives; desperately seeking wealth, social status, beatitude, and love. Myrtle Wilson and Jay Gatsby are both driven to reach their goals but do not realize that the American Dream is just an illusion. The dream of finding fortune, fame and true love is something that almost all Americans strive for.... [tags: Literary Analysis, The Great Gatsby]
1103 words (3.2 pages)
- Sandra Marcushamer Ms. O’Connell English II CP Period 3 December 5, 2014 A Change In Promise The American Dream is an ideal that has been present in the majority of American literature including The Great Gatsby. Although this phrase has become a cliché we sometimes put it into use without knowing the meaning. What exactly does this famous American Dream mean. Some might say that it is a journey to wealth and prosperity, while others might say that it is nothing else but the beautiful promise of settling down, having children, being able to provide for your family, and basically living a pleasant worry-free life.... [tags: The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jay Gatsby]
900 words (2.6 pages)
- They say that art imitates life…or life imitates art. Either one is somewhat hard to believe. A few brushes of a paintbrush on a canvas, a mirror image on the film of a camera, or even a special combination of the 26 letters of the alphabet onto a page—imitating life. Of course, people can paint life, or take pictures of life, and even write about life. It’s a bit more obvious that the concept of life imitating art is a bit harder to believe. But you can learn from art—especially from the literary art.... [tags: Literary Analysis, Great Gatsby, Biography]
1550 words (4.4 pages)
- MAJOR WORKS REVIEW AP Lang Version GENERAL 1. Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. New York: Scribner, 2004. Print. 2. Fiction STRUCTURE 1. Point of View: 1st person; the narrator, Nick Carraway 2. Relationship of POV to meaning: Nick Carraway provides an outsider, “non-judgmental” outlook on the story of wealthy members of the Long Island Society. 3. Plot Structure a. Exposition: Nick Carraway goes to dinner at Daisy and Tom Buchanan’s house, allowing readers to meet these important characters.... [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]
1717 words (4.9 pages)
- Kai Kresek Pd. 2 An Analysis of the Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald’s modernist novel, The Great Gatsby, epitomises the spirit of an America that is both shadowed by the memories of World War One and shining with the superficial radiance of the Gilded Age. Through the use of the motif of birds throughout his book, Fitzgerald warns urgently of the dangers of mindless self-indulgence and limitless longing, destructive emotions that ran rampant through the lives of the people of his time. Much of the time, the motif of birds supports the theme that one cannot judge something by its appearance, a thought that supports much of what Fitzgerald develops.... [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Symbolism, Literary Tools]
1397 words (4 pages)