The Castle Essay - Global Village

984 Words Oct 1st, 2013 4 Pages
The global village is vastly evident throughout all of society, moreso than ever before. As a result of the formation of this global village, there has been many consequences for society. With the rising coexistence of local and global communities, local society is adapting to suit the needs of the global village. Hence, there is a battle between the individual and the power of globalisation, as the world is becoming more connected. Rob Sitch’s 1997 film, ‘The Castle’, portrays the effects of the global village through the juxtaposition of the Kerrigan family to the Barlow group, a transnational corporation. The global village concept is also portrayed in CBC TV’s 1960 interview with Marshall McLuhan, ‘The World is a Global Village’. …show more content…
As technologies advance, another consequence of the global village is the adaptations society has made to cater for globalization. This is evident in ‘The Castle’ through the motif of the ‘Trading Post’. Although the Kerrigans are a very localised family, they take great interest in the trading post, symbolising their connection to the rest of society. Darryl later withdraws from partaking in the trading post discussion when he is let down by how he was treated by the global village. Another area where adaptations are seen, is through the introduction of Con to the family. Con symbolises the worldly connection through both his Greek heritage, and his passion for kickboxing. This is contrasting to the very Australian style of the Kerrigan family and highlights their acceptance of cultural diversity. This consequence is also explored through a symbolic gesture by the second speaker in CBC’s documentary. As the speaker walks out, he tosses the book in his hand onto a pile before departing. This action symbolises the assimilation that is made by accepting the changes the global village is bringing and adapting to what society is becoming. This assimilation is a definite consequence of living in the global village, and both enhance and hinder an individual’s thoughts.

An individuals thoughts can be suppressed due to the sheer power that os world over the individual. ‘The Castle’ explores this compromise through the diagetic

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