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The ending of Song of Solomon is highly ambiguous, it answers little concrete answers on Milkman's future. Milkman does experience an epiphany, realizing the importance of his ancestry and his personal identity. Milkman's epiphany is most evident in his ability to "fly" once Pilate dies. Milkman learns how to "ride" the air by surrendering to it, by letting it take control. By ending the novel here, all Morisson shows is that Milkman flies away, and the myth of Solomon’s Leap lives on. Morrison ends the novel where it does, leaving leaving the reader with multiple unanswered questions and forcing the... Continue reading
Milkman's shift from a purely monetary goals to a search for his personal identity is a major turning point within Song of Solomon. As Milkman leaves to search for the gold he lacks any concrete ideas of himself; he fails to identify with his community, his dad, and his mother. However, as he digs deeper in search of the gold Milkman uncovers the truth to "flying" from his ancestors' experiences. Milkman's embrace of his family history is in direct response to his search for personal fulfillment.
Pilate is unique in her ability to separate from society while simultaneously avoiding a confrontational approach. In contrast to Guitar, Pilate embraces her family and culture while still avoiding the influence of others such as her brother. In this manner, Pilate possesses the ability to "fly" without explicit, violent efforts for independence.
I feel that Song of Solomon has more in common with Heart of Darkness. Both involve characters who struggle to find their identity: Marlow feels like an outsider among the imperialist environment while Milkman lacks any identification with his mother, father, best friend, and aunt. Both characters experience a change as they become separated from modern society and return to their ancestors or base civilization. Marlow must experience the African culture of the congolese to realize the misconceptions of imperial Europe while Milkman must realize the significance of his past to realize his individual potential.
From the first two chapters of Song of Solomon Toni Morrison makes obvious that names will play an integral role in the development of characters. Milkman, his dad, and his grandfather all share the same name, even though his grandfather made it up. Macon Jr. (Milkman's dead) refuses to aknowledge Milkman's request to know his grandfather's real name. Macon's dad and Milkman all share more than simply their name, and most likely this will be revealed later in the novel. Macon Jr.'s sister, Pilate, has a name that may possess even more importance. Her father named her specifically and deliberately,... Continue reading
I have also noticed that family life and interactions dominate the plot of Morrison's novel. Not one character is able to escape their past -- Macon Jr is named after his dad and Milkman is unable to escape his nickname. The past is an important concept and it will be interesting to see how it influences the development and actions of characters in the future.
After reading about Apple's hidden methods of manufacturing it is hard not to connect the exploitation of Chinese workers to those of the Congolese in Heart of Darkness. Both Apple and the Belgian operate on the false principle that their objectives are less corrupt than they appear. The Belgian fulfilled the role of the "civilizers" in Africa and Apple seemingly distinguishes itself from its competition as a "unique" company. In my opinion, the atrocities committed by Apple are far more significant due to the fact that, unlike the Europeans, we have unlimited access to all the information occuring in Apple's... Continue reading
Robots do offer the most practical solution to the problem of manufacturing in Apple factories. Robots allow companies to exploit their workers even more - there are no requirements on hours, no minimum wage, and noone can complain about their rights. Robots allow companies to profit without the risk of alienating their customers.
I agree that out of all the major corporations it seems most significant that Apple has committed such atrocities. Apple sets itself apart from other companies in its marketing campaigns as being different and unique. In reality, however, Apple has committed just as many atrocities as other major corporations.
With the dependency of modern society on technology little can be done considering the exploitation of workers. As long as profits are available in large scale manufacturing companies will cut the costs of their workers. Only a unified effort can possibly stop the dominance of large corporations on their workers.
Within Heart of Darkness Marlow constantly references the differences between the "savage" and dark Congolese and the "enlightened" European colonists. However, Marlow cites the fact that he feels sympathetic for the oppressed and impoverished Congolese and criticizes the narrow minded destruction of the European colonists. In this way, Marlow cannot be seen as a reliable narrator. Marlow attempts to protect the colonists by describing them as enlightened as sacred while in reality he has no sympathy towards their cause. Similarly, he sympathizes with the dark and savage Africans even though he ostensibly supports their oppressors. This may hold significance in... Continue reading
Marlow's observations of the landscape as he travels down the Congo River he becomes increasingly aware of the brutalities the "saviors" of European colonialism have commited.The Europeans have no desire in civilizing or helping the natives, they only want the money and land associated with the Congo.
Marlow's "devil" he constantly references is represented by the character of Mr. Kurtz. Mr. Kurtz embodies all the aspects of colonialism that Marlow despises. Marlow wants to avoid the greed and violence that accompany the exploitation of the natives and will do so at any cost.
I agree that Marlow in some way is hiding his main intentions in his retelling of the story. Marlow has alluded to some type of change that will occur several times throughout the story, but it is possible that he may not comprehend the true nature of his transformation. I think that Marlow aims to hide his true intentions, but in doing so he reveals his true character and development.
Breaking Bad serves as a prototypical example of a modern tragedy. The series centers around the character of Walter White, a reserved high school chemistry teacher, father, and husband. As he receives the news of his Stage 3 terminal lung cancer Walter White becomes increasingly concerned with his family. Specifically, he worries that if he dies he will leave them with little to no money or resources. In order to supplement his income Walter enters the methamphetamine production business and pays for all his treatment. Eventually, his lies are exposed and he finds himself without a family and involved with... Continue reading
Schindler's List, while it contains integral parts of a tragedy, lacks certain characteristics a tragedy. Schindler, while affected by his character flaw, never eventually fully pays for his actions. Schindler never dies in direct response to his actions, and therefore it cannot be seen as a tragedy.
Star Wars is the ultimate tragedy. Anakin is valued from the start of the series as a talented, gifted, and pure. Anakin is a noble and virtuous person, but through a series of understandable and rational actions he falls from his high status to that of an evil character.
Key to the plot of King Lear is the fact that the main characters are constantly disguising themselves, either in intent or physical demeanor. For example, Goneril and Regan both lie to their father, professing their love for him while they have no real love for him. Edgar and Kent are similar in the fact that both are forced into disguises by the threats of society. Through these parallels Shakespeare points out a connection between the concept of honesty and the roles people perform in society. It will be interesting to see as the play develops how the disguises play... Continue reading
The fool is an integral part of King Lear. While he is important for his comic relief during some of the most tragic parts in the play, his main role is to accentuate the failures of Lear and communicate the main themes of the play to the audience.
I agree that the root of Edmund's evil plans is his loneliness and inability to relate with others. Society excludes him based on the only fact that he is a bastard, not from his displeasure with his father and brother. I believe that Gloucester truly loves Edmund, and Edmund does not hold any hostility towards Gloucester, he simply is an obstacle that Edmund must overcome to gain power.
I agree that Lear's behavior is strange, unwarranted, and lacks even the most basic form of rational judgement. Shakespeare emphasizes the strange behavior of Lear in order to show the progressive demisal of Lear and his fall into lunacy. Lear, as he grows older and loses his power, he becomes detached from those he loves and cares about and needs their affirmations in order to continue. Lear must receive the praises from those closest to him, and as Cordelia and Kent deny him he lashes out in defense.
All I know is a door into the dark, Outside, old axles and iron hoops rusting; Inside, the hammered anvil's short-pitched ring, The unpredictable fantail of sparks Or hiss when a new shoe toughens in water. The anvil must be somewhere in the centre, Horned as a unicorn, at one end square, Set there immoveable: an altar Where he expends himself in shape and music. Sometimes, leather aproned, hairs in his nose, He leans out on the jamb, recalls a clatter Of hoofs where traffic is flashing in rows; Then grunts and goes in, with a slam and a flick... Continue reading
The ending of The Awakening shows how Edna, while she made great strides, was unable to fully distance herself from the constraints of society. Chopin purposefully mentions the symbol of the bird and the sinking feeling that Edna experiences as she floats out to sea. While Edna does initially break free, she realizes that a complete severance is impossible.
The woman in black and the lovers play an important role in The Awakening. I don't think that Chopin employs them to show Edna's fantasy or nightmare, but more to expose the two opportunities society presents her with. Edna can either continue in her perfect, loving relationship with Robert or stay with her husband and be doomed to be miserable for the rest of her life. The widow and he lovers expose the pressure on Edna coming from society.
While the plot of Light In August is filled with conflict and power struggle the end of the novel is both amibiguous and offers little progress in its characters. Joe Brown is once again fleeing his prior life, Lena continues on her seemingly hopeless search for Joe, Byron finds himself in a position of inferiority, and both Joe Christmas and Hightower are dead, doomed forever to be known as outsiders to society. Faulkner make it seem as though his characters have made almost no progress at all despite their traumatic experiences. In this way it can be seen that Faullkner... Continue reading