Tragic Consequences Of The Film, Babel, And The Great Gatsby

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Both fictional novels and cultural mosaic films are defined by their use of generic conventions to present a particular meaning, relative to a particular perspective. The film Babel, can be viewed as a mosaic, cultural film, through the use of symbolism and manipulation of time. Not only can the text be viewed as a mosaic cultural film, it can also be identified as a non – linear political drama. Each viewing, therefore relates to perspective of the audience which can reflect a variety of meanings. The feature film explores miscommunication and willful misunderstanding within a Moroccan, American and Japanese based society. In contrast, the novel The Great Gatsby can be identified as a satirical novel, based upon the generic conventions
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The gun is a symbol of the evil within society. The evil that draws children away from their families and communities morals. In the film, the world is what both Richard, Susan, Yasujiro, Amelia, and the Moroccan parents try to protect their children from, where vast inequalities of wealth and power, sliding together, produce accidental, tragic consequences. Tragic consequences are seen in the mosaic film, both in Morocco and Japan. When in relation to the Moroccan children, the gun proves evil – however unintended evil. Evil, the children did not mean to commit. The gun in relation to Chieko and her mother though, symbolises intended evil. That in a mixed up world full of wealth and power, humans find themselves the outsiders, feeling the need to use evil, to escape all thoughts and feelings. The meaning created through the symbolism of the gun, meets the expectations of the genre as it uses a symbol within the mosaic cultural film to depict something greater within …show more content…
Manipulation of time and distance is seen throughout the whole film, however is particularly relevant in the scene of the two young boys on top of the hill analysing the range of the gun. The two boys, see the bus as a tiny toy, something of white colour in the distance. However the director, for a contemporary audience, swoops down to the bus, where rich American tourists, Richard and Susan sit restrained, bickering as their trip endures along a long and winding road. Richard hearing a quiet noise, turns to his wife who has been penetrated by a bullet in her lower neck. The meaning created through this particular scene is dependent upon the perspective in which the viewer is engaged. Therefore in relation to a contemporary audience the text being a mosaic, cultural film, it is understood that no matter distance or time, different cultures should always display respect, even when miscommunication and misunderstanding is evident. This meaning meets the expectations of mosaic film because it is a genre characterised by a series of collages, following the trials and tribulations of all cultures within the

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