FILM AND READING REACTIONS 11
Filmand Reading Reactions
TheSearchersis a great and influential movie, produced during the Texas-Indianbattles. It is the narrative of two males in their endeavor to savetheir abducted niece from an Indian group referred to Comanche. Thefilm follows Ethan Edwards, from his return to the brothers homethree years after taking part in the civil battle as a member of theConfederate Army. The family welcomes him back, but their reunion isshort-lived, as Comanches murder and abducts Ethan’s relatives.Together with Martin Pawley, his nephew, they pursue the Comanches inan effort to rescue the nieces. Ethan and Martin form a groupcomprising of cowboys, who set off to search for the nieces togetherbecoming TheSearchers.
Manyfascinating conflicts in the movie bring out the main plot of racism.As the movie begins, Ethan’s dislike for Indians is apparent as hemeets Martin, who is one-eigth Indian. In their search, for the nieceDebbie, Ethan appears encouraged to search by his despise of theComanches, Indians. After finding Debbie, it is difficult todetermine if Ethan wants to murder her as he considers her to havelived with Indians for too long to be regarded as white. Fordportrays the issue of racism and individuality through the rivalry ofmembers of different communities, Indians and whites.
Thefilm’s message is on revenge inspired by racial prejudice. TheIndians invade Ethan’s relatives forcing Ethan and Martin torevenge. Imagery is important in the film as the director employs itto narrate the story. A majority of the things in the movie areunspoken, for instance Ethan’s hatred for Martin is apparentthrough facial expressions and the manner he treats the nephew. Thereis unspoken love between Ethan and his brother’s wife, Martha.Symbolism is apparent using doors and entrances. An illustration isMartin’s shot secluded and outside as shown by an open door to hisback. It symbolizes his lack of acceptance in the family becauseEthan considers him Indian. The movie opens with a frontier cabindoor portraying the motif of the framed doorway. Entrances ensure thetheme of inclusion and exclusion is communicated. Ford uses music inthe beginning and conclusion of the film. The image of Ethan becomesthe metaphor, as he is recurrently portrayed. Semiotics develops thenarrative and communicates the subject matter.
Themovie adds to comprehension of the difficulties involving interracialrelationships or sex amid people of different identities. Martin isan adopted son, found abandoned by his Indian parents. However, hefaces many challenges in convincing Ethan that he is white. Ethantreats him as an Indian and demonstrates outright disregard towardshim. The relationship between Debbie and Scar is despised. Debbie maywish to stay behind as she is already accustomed to Indiantraditions. However, TheSearchersstill progress to take her away from the Comanche’s because theybelong to different races.
Priestleyevaluates how race is created in the film, TheSearchers.The author further evaluates the issue of miscegenation, which arisesfrom the interbreeding of individuals from different races. Priestleyportrays the differences between whites and Indians, which mainlysurfaces due to the racial prejudice amid both groups. The readingchallenges my understanding of racism. It informs on thedisadvantages of racial prejudice through the character Ethan. He isunable to fit in society due to his hatred towards people heconsiders different, as a result leading a solitude life.
Thequote, “Ethan gradually becomes isolated and is finally shut outfrom other surrounding him” from the Priestley reading, reflects onracism. The quote is important because it is a portrayal of whatracism does to society. It isolates people and causes them to hateeach other.
Lonestaris a film on the investigation of a 25-year-old killing as the agendafor an in depth evaluation of the happenings in a Texas City. Themain character is Sheriff Sam Deeds, acting as the main law officerof Frontera. Sam is as well the son of previous sheriff Buddy Deeds.Buddy is famous for overthrowing fraudulent Charlie Wade. The findingof Wade’s skeleton, though, raises many questions compelling Sam tostart an investigation. As Sam searchers for the cause of Wade’smurder, he deals with troubled feelings towards his father andromantic feelings. He was romantically attracted to a Hispanicfemale, Pilar. However, his father prohibited the association. Thefilm does not merely focus on the investigation, rather the entirecity. It tackles Pilar’s hardships as a schoolteacher, thedisagreement amid incoming immigrants and patrol officers, and thechallenges African-American commander faces.
Saylestraverses the past and present, weaving his narrative together todemonstrate how the apparently different sections of a society areintimately linked. He raises themes of race, identity and politics.The movie employs different character roles to bring out thedifferences. It demonstrates how blacks, Indians, whites and Chicanosshare a similar past and how they dealt with each other.
Thelocation and characters of Lonestarare important because they remind the viewer of the western. Thecharacters that are not completely advanced are Wade and Buddy. Theyare mythical and bring out the symbolism in the film. Wade symbolizeswickedness, racial discrimination and corruption. Buddy symbolizes ahero, ending a corrupt and discriminatory leadership. The message isabout a society looking for a feeling of belonging. Separation andracial prejudice have divided the town’s inhabitants. Frontera isthe metaphor as the movie focuses on the past and present lives ofpeople living in the region.
Themovie contributes to the comprehension of the difficulties involvinginterracial associations or sex amid individuals of diverse racialidentities. The characters in the film are of different races. Sincethe movie evaluates the history and present life of the characters,it becomes apparent that each race has their unique history. Anillustration is the scene where parents argue about a textbook. Eachparent supposes that children should be taught their own history andnot another race’s past. The relationship between Sam and Pilarcould not materialize because they were from different races.
Torresemploys the American Mexican border to evaluate the theme of culturaldifferences. The political limit, which prevails amid the America andMexico comprises a central sign of cultural differences. The authoralso discusses the movie Lonestar,which also comprises aspects of trans-border crossing. The readingportrays the differences amid people living within the sameboundaries, or those that cross over to different boundaries. Thisbrings out the issue of racial disparities, class and gender. Torreschallenges the belief that when people cross over to otherboundaries, they adopt new cultures. Based on the readings, it isapparent that people progress with their cultures even when living ina different place. Thus, differentiating individuals based on theirraces.
“Inthis country, we are encouraged to think of immigration as somethingthat an alien, other does”. The quote indirectly evaluates theissue of racism towards the Mexicans crossing over to America.Americans refer to them as aliens, meaning they are different due totheir cultural disparities. Cultural difference is used to enhancethe theme of racial prejudice.
TheWedding Banquetfeatures a gay Taiwanese that marries a Chinese female to appease hisparents. The woman consents to the marriage with an agenda of gettinga green card. His Taiwanese parents have urged him to marry onnumerous instances and get a son, to ensure continuity of theireastern family. The wedding turns into a major inconvenience as theparents fly in for the occasion. The main character, Gao Wai Tung hasnever disclosed his sexuality to his relations. He fears that hisfather may suffer from another stroke. Homosexuality is alsounaccepted by society. He intends to cover up his long-termrelationship with Simon through marrying Wei-Wei. However, Wai Tung’sparents plan a huge wedding banquet. They are unaware of the reasonsthe marriage takes place, rather happy because their son has agreedto marry. A majority of the movie’s comedy arises from thedifference amid the absolute lavishness of the parent’s plans anddeceptive nature of the wedding.
Thefilm focuses on the farcical confusion, which arises from thedeceptive marriage. Lee portrays the possible reconciliation amideastern and western cultures. Cultural disparities are depicted asirreconcilable. It is a perfect illustration of current day life andmerges numerous current issues. These include cultural differences,cross culture lifestyle, sexuality and tradition versus modernity.
Lee’smessage is on homosexual Asian Americans who are compelled to concealtheir sexuality due to traditional family values. Symbolism isapparent in the last scene of the film. Wai Tung’s father arrivesin America to advance his eastern culture. However, to ensure Chinesevalues last, he must surrender some of his values and cultures. Thefinal scene symbolizes surrender to western values. The father throwsup his hands as a form of giving up to the western security guard.Symbolism is also apparent as Simon accepts the Hongbao from hislover’s father. It symbolizes acceptance of their relationship.Imagery is also apparent in the parents’ expectations of theirchildren. The parents suppose that Wai Tung should marry and have amale child with the objective being to continue their familyheritage. The film focuses on the conflict of adult children inliving up to the parent’s image. Imagery is used to develop themain theme of homosexuality.
Thefilm adds to the comprehension of the difficulties involvinginterracial relationships and of sex amid individuals of differentraces. Wai Tung is compelled to hide his homosexual relationship toSimon, as he does not want his relatives to know. He is a homosexualin a relationship with Simon, who is from the western world. Wei Weiis also happy about the marriage agreement as she faces a dilemma dueto having to hide her relationship with a Caucasian.
Chuanotes that in the previous decade, there has been an enhancing figureof western movies representing homosexuals and Asian characters.Although, the homosexuals are often white, while Asians areheterosexual. The paper portrays the differences in the cinematicrepresentation of homosexuality. Rarely are Asians depicted ashomosexuals. The reading challenges the assumption that homosexualityis a western culture. It demonstrates that there are Asianhomosexuals as well. The WeddingBanquetis a perfect illustration of homosexuality amid Asians. The disparityis that Asian homosexuals are compelled by culture to hide theirsexuality.
Thequote “Asians as being sexually deviant and homosexuals as beingwhite” is important in depicting the stereotypical representationof homosexuals in cinematic representations. Interracialrelationships are portrayed as a western ideal. Thus, people fromdifferent cultures, like Asians, have to hide their interracialassociation. This is especially the case when in a homosexualrelationship.
TheAsian family stereotype is on the insistence of the familial links ofAsian characters. Asians have a strong link to their families andvalue the continuation of their families, through engaging inheterosexual associations to bear children and continue the familyline. The author argues that stereotypes have the power to controland define what people do. For instance, in the WeddingBanquet,the main character covers up his homosexual relationship to fulfillthe parents’ interests of a heterosexual relationship.
Stereotypeson race and sex are not always negative, when employed to demonstratethe true cultures of a specific race. However, in most cases thestereotypes are negative depending on the manner they are used. Whenthe interests serve personal interests then they are negative,because they control and define how people should act.
Amajority of the queer characters in movie have white partners due tothe representation of homosexuality as a western ideal. Cinematicrepresentations of homosexuality have made it a more accepted norm.The importance is to demonstrate the different culturalrepresentations of homosexuality. It is linked to the westernsubculture of homosexuality. This is because sexuality is widelyaccepted in the western world than the east.
Interracialhomosexual relationships are viewed as socially threatening when oneof the partners is from a conservative culture. The relationships arenot threatening in cases where the individuals involved in therelationship are from races that accept homosexuality. Interracialhomosexuality relies on races included in the sexual associations.This is because such relationships are more acceptable depending onthe views of other individuals from the races. For instance, when thehomosexual relationship is between whites, then an Asian is lesslikely to demonstrate prejudice. However, when the relationship isbetween an Asian and white, racial prejudice is most likely to beportrayed by an Asian.
Asianmen’s sexuality is depicted as mainly heterosexual. The sameapplies for Asian women. Asian women are also depicted asconservative. The portrayal is mainly negative, because the intentionis to portray the east as conservative and traditional. Themes ofeast and west are evident in the characters used in the films.Western characters are symbolized by modernization, while easterncharacters are more conservative.
MississippiMasalastarts when Idi Amin chases Asians away from Uganda. It then forwardsto 1990. The Asians involve Jay, Kinnu and their child Mina. They area third generation family who move to England and later Mississippi,living with their relatives. Mina labors in one of the motels ownedby her relatives. She crashes into the car of an African Americanman, Demetrius, where they exchange addresses. He is a stalwart andowns a carpet cleaning enterprise. As Mina and Demetrius start theirsecret affair, they are swept to each other’s exotic globe. Theysoon find themselves at the core of disagreement. Their familiesdisagree with their relationship due to the different races. Thecouple escapes in Demetriu’s van.
Nair’sromantic production evaluates interracial romance amid blacks andIndian Americans in America. Although Mina has never been to India,her parents expect that she behaves and marries an Indian. Similary,Demetrius has never been to Africa. The characters face the dilemmaof having to fulfill their family interests, or individual desires.In the end, their relationship triumphs racial discrimination.
Nairtackles the message of racial prejudice and profiling. Both Indiansand African Americans have their diverse views of each other. Thetheme is important in plot development. Nair also informs on thehardships multi-racial associations encounter, the contrast of exilevia differing generations. Via the employment of sound, symbolism andimagery the film acquires more realism and relevance. The filmemploys conventional African hymns and soul. Scenes in the film areaesthetic and real. Realism is also evident through flashback as themovie commences.
Themovie enhances understanding on how interracial associations or sexis perceived by the bigger society through the historical period. Thefilm employs real demonstrations of the diverse cultures. The maincharacters are an African American and Indian. Although none of thecharacters has lived in their cultural home, India or Africa, societyexpects them to act according to their cultures. The major cause forracial prejudice is due to the different in cultures. It is expectedthat as an Indian, Mina should be in a relationship with an Indian.During the historical period, relationships between people ofdifferent races are considered uncultured.
Seshagirireading evaluates restrictions of hybridity as is made apparent inthe movie. The text informs on the upbringing of Mina in differentcultures. She is first brought up in African Uganda, England andlater Mississippi. This means that she learns many cultures. Despitebeing born by Indians parents, she is termed a hybrid because shenever got the opportunity to live in India. Thus, among Indians, sheis a hybrid, yet the similar culture expects her to marry someonefrom her race. The reading challenges thinking on the issue ofhybrid. It is not necessarily that an individual is considered hybriddue to being born by parents of different races. One’s upbringingcan also challenge their reference as a hybrid.
“Nairachieves a rich balance between inflexible racial stereotypes” is aquote in the reading. It is significant because it evaluate theracial stereotypes amid different cultures. Depending on the racialbackground, individuals are more likely to discriminate. Forinstance, Indians discriminate blacks by considering them too black.It is apparent that the stereotypes have no important basis, and canbe overcome by accepting each other’s differences.