This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

A Dictated Life Essay

1836 words - 7 pages

Recent historical events in China have often influenced popular culture in a country with a strong military presence and a governmental law that heavily impacts the general population. How film directors chose to analyze the effects that the government has over the citizens and recreate their vision of what China looks like to an outsider is powerful for the viewer, especially if he or she is not accustomed to their way of life. Therefore, it is crucial for these directors to adequately and appropriately act as a lens for the world to see into the Chinese culture and for Chinese men and women to view the world by how outsiders react to each unique portrayal of their country. In particular, it is incredibly interesting to observe the overt existence of weapons (whether they are guns or social daggers) as they appear in these Chinese films. A violent presence progresses in Chinese subcultures through different periods of Chinese history for entertainment purposes in the films; 11 Flowers, Touch of Sin, and The Bullet Vanishes, while Caught in the Web and Feng Shui are movies in which the directors chose to approach modern-day China in a more dramatic and emotional fashion.
While a film can give insight to the culture under observation, it is subject to creative and personal influences by the director and actors alike and beyond just the influences that could potentially shape the perceptions that viewers have based on the director’s creative license, an important impact on the viewer is the time period the film is portraying and the effect that the release date could have on that because of current events and communal relations. Chi-Leung Law’s The Bullet Vanishes acts as a starting point for the timeline created by that and other Chinese films, 11 Flowers and Touch of Sin. Set during the Chinese warlord era but released in 2012, The Bullet Vanishes opens at night with a set that is obscenely fake, making it look more like a movie shot in the intended time period, meant to counter a Sherlock Holmes-type plot. Following the crime and punishment theme of Law’s film, Wang Xiaoshuai’s 11 Flowers reflects Chairman Mao’s dictatorship and the obvious intended feeling for the audience is one of meekness and depression, but especially struggle. As in 11 Flowers, the main characters argue over frivolous purchases and the absent, working husband and father displays the state of chaotic authoritarianism that is the Chinese government and presiding influencing the family dynamic. Xiaoshuai makes an obvious effort to depict the period as harmful to the population. Touch of Sin’s director, Zhangke Jia follows Xisoshuai in depicting Chinese gun violence as increasingly prevalent by creating four loosely connected scenarios that offer no solace or end to gun violence as a major part of Chinese society.
Violence as a part of popular culture is an important indicator of the ways in which a particular society functions when a threatening force has...

Find Another Essay On A Dictated Life

Puritan Poetry and Edward Taylor Essay

582 words - 2 pages can be seen about Puritan life from these texts. Edward Taylor's texts were also greatly influenced. Some of his poems are Upon a Wasp Chilled with Cold, Upon a Spider Catching a Fly, Huswifery, and Our Insufficiency to Praise G-d Suitably for His Mercy.In Upon a Wasp Chilled with Cold Taylor is greatly affected by the Puritan way. He speaks of "the northern blast." This "northern blast" is the troubles and sorrows of the average person. Soon

Exploring Social Patterns in the Renaissance Through Fashion

1129 words - 5 pages church dictated what sorts of materials were made, and brought into the area, what colors were in use, and what styles were used, influencing the secular as well as ecclesiastical dress. In the feudal system only great Barons and their families wore fine cloths, as clothing was a symbol of rank and importance. Each family made their own clothes, so fashion was very individualistic in style, and each family had their own characteristics. With an


936 words - 4 pages I believe rationality is incorrectly dictated by society. Generally when one is irrational he or she is contradicting the "normal" or what everyone is programmed to do. Kant says "Can you also will that your maxim should become a universal law."1 In part I agree to the theory of universal law where "rational" is judged by universality or what everyone should do. In fact we know that primitive societies were not


785 words - 4 pages Consumed in Beauty “A kind of delicacy … seriously beyond his year” (25). Life for humans is dictated by the yearning for more through our experiences. We strive for more knowledge, more wealth, and more happiness, but it all is endless like an abyss. Beauty, however, is pure and can be found in the simplest matters in life. Throughout the novel Death in Venice, by Thomas Mann, Aschenbach works his whole life rigorously day by day searching

Life and its Quest

1173 words - 5 pages life should not be dictated by goals and aspirations. In Siddhartha by Herman Hesse, Siddhartha, the main protagonist, is determined to find enlightenment and believes that his quest in life is to achieve enlightenment. Over the course of his life that is dictated by the book, Siddhartha does achieve enlightenment several times. However, until the end, he is often not happy with himself. Siddhartha suffers for a large portion of the book because

Concept Of Immortality

645 words - 3 pages Sumerians knew nothing of a life after death and made no assumptions on the idea that there might be a heaven. This idea affected the culture of the Sumerian greatly because, with no dictated belief in an afterlife, the Sumerian people believed should be happy and merry while you were still alive and to enjoy to the fullest. "The Epic of Gilgamesh advocates this concept. "Utnapishtim said, 'There is no permanence…life and death they allot but the

Story of an hour

946 words - 4 pages impose their will on their wives (149). Chopin depicts marriage as a prison institution that confines women for life. In the story there is no possibility for divorce and death seems to be the only way out. Evidently, since marriage is dictated by society, women do not seem bothered by their lack of freedom since they feel it is their obligation to run homes without complaining. From the story, Mrs. Mallard does not seem perturbed by her present

Search for Self in Blue Winds Dancing

735 words - 3 pages celebrate Christmas. The character shows definite signs of bitterness toward White men and their attitude of superiority. He scoffs at the organization of their society and calls it "a beauty of captivity"(119). A mere existence where freedom and individuality have given way to a life of dictated regulation. "Here where all the orange trees line in military rows, and endlessly bear fruit"(119). The young man does not want to be another "orange

Don't Be a Drag, Just Be a Queen

2361 words - 10 pages keeping with the standards dictated by patriarchal heterosexist society. Gays and transsexuals establish “drags” and “houses” to define their rules freely in an environment where they are committed to each other. In drags, femininity is performed through male bodies, which brings an innovative question to the forefront; whether gender is a performance or not. The individuals in the film are born as male but in drag shows they impersonate women

Culture Development

605 words - 3 pages to condemn the church and religion for destroying her life and life long work. Culturally, Hypatia was born in a time where attitudes towards women were dictated by Aristotle philosophy. Aristotle believed that women did not have the intellectual capabilities like men (Toohey, 2003). I believe this influenced her greatly because through every social interaction children come to develop an understanding of the significance of their particular

Transcendentalism Today by Kurt Kawohl

979 words - 4 pages by hysteria and superstition. The "Holy Books" were written or dictated by men whose social norms during the time period of their lives dictated their and their society's acceptance of a king-like God with immeasurable powers who would make his wishes known by physically conversing with his messengers. Open-minded people must now use common sense to determine whether this so-called God was incorrectly perceived, misinterpreted and misunderstood

Similar Essays

Sex And Marriage Dictated By Class Restrictions In John Fowles, The French Lieutenant’s Woman

1636 words - 7 pages enchanting mysteries and magically erotic possibilities” (Canby) in which, Fowles describes a Victorian society in 1867 that is still largely separated by class, which creates strong restrictions with respect to sex and marriage. Notably, conflict in the novel involves scandals where these restrictions are disregarded. Fowles shows that sex and marriage were still largely dictated by whether a person belonged to the lower, middle or upper class in

In ‘The Importance Of Being Earnest’ There Is A Tension Between The Artificial Behaviour Dictated By Society And The Natural Way In Which People W

673 words - 3 pages In ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’, Oscar Wilde’s characters frenetically seek to convey themselves in a society which has an unyielding and distinct set of limitations expected of the individual. The conventions of marriage and love, together with the compulsion of projecting a mask of virtue, causes characters to be trapped in a metaphysical corset which blocks the true expression of the individual to surface. The restrictive nature of

"Mortal Law Verses Divine Law" In The Play Antigone, There Is A Clear Conflict Between The Written Law Made By The King, And The Higher Law, Dictated By The Religious Beliefs Of The Time

1057 words - 4 pages created conflicts in society, as described by the play Antigone by Sophocles. In this play, there is a clear conflict between the written law made by the king, and the higher law, dictated by the religious beliefs of the time.When Creon, the king of Thebes, decrees that the body of Polyneices should be left unburied, he believes he is doing the right thing. He sees this law as good for the people because they will see him as a good, strong king

Write Immortally A Personal Essay On The Understated Importance Of Words Jackson High School, Accelerated English Personal Essay

565 words - 3 pages What is the most important thing, in my life. I was asked this question a while ago. And having thought about it, my answer is quite simple: Writing, but in perhaps a nonplussing way. This world has a serious issue with communication of ideals and assumptions. Everyone wants to believe that they are right -ad infinitum- even when we will readily admit: we’re pretty stupid. We act as though every statement we speak is art, yet so often they are