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Shocking Confrontations In War Crimes Essay

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‘War Crimes’ is a shockingly revealing and confronting text. It challenged much of my own experiences and additionally, much of what society values and believes. ‘War Crimes‘ has the ability to open our eyes to a great deal of issues, most of which we aren’t exposed to in our everyday lives, including Iraqi culture and beliefs, the media promoting issues of racism, xenophobia and misogyny and global conflicts such as war. I found much of it confronting, but also revealing and interesting. After reading it I was shocked at the attitudes some people have towards others, in particular the xenophobia that was explored in the text.

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This made her, in my opinion, the easiest character to relate to. Furthermore, Jordan and Ishtar were also characters that I found reasonably easy to connect with. Both are marginalised, Jordan because of her reputation and Ishtar because of her race. I felt that Jordan could be seen as the symbol of emotion and feeling. “Anyone ever hurts ya… I’d do ‘em Jade. I’d kill ‘em.” She believes she could protect Jade on the basis of her feelings of affection towards her. Much of Jordan’s actions can be justified by her emotional connection to Jade. Her exposure of emotion creates a sense of a vulnerability and innocence, which positions the audience to relate to Jordan. Also, Rick, in places in the text, is relatively easy to relate to. He is easily persuaded and pushed around, and he although seems tough, he is softer than first thought. “Should we have told Jade that?” He is morally conscious to some degree.

In contrast, I found that Lara was an exceedingly difficult character to connect with. She is racist, she doesn’t care for people other than herself, she doesn’t care for authority or culture and she often resorts to violence to resolve conflicts. I think Lara can be seen as a symbol...

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