When it comes to acts against others, of what are people unaware? It is believed to be a very important question, because if people are able to answer it, if people actually know what they are aware of, it will have to begun to unravel a knotty problem, and answer the question, "Why do many people feel the need to control others?" Control is exerting influence over one's environment or the actions or behaviors of another person- is sometimes used excessively by those who fear the unpredictable and ambitious, feel the need to prove themselves, or fear of losing control. The incessant need for control can be overwhelming and exhausting, wreaking havoc on relationships, careers, and overall quality of life. The theme of control is excessively used in, "The Yellow Wallpaper," by Charolette Perkins Gilman, and also in the film, "Black Swan," directed by Darren Aronofsky. In the film "Black Swan", Nina, always a white swan, begins to explore her Shadow (her black swan) for her lead role in 'Swan Lake'. Nina is depicted as naïve, fearful and frigid. The factors and presences that push and pull Nina into and out of her Shadow are her creepy, infantilizing mother who gave up her dancing career to have her, and her abusive, seducing director. Those two characters are the perfect example of control as a theme. Nina doesn't get to explore her proverbial dark side in any remotely safe or healthy ways. Her mother has trapped her inside a pink, endless childhood. Her bedroom is full of stuffed animals, and her mother physically dressing and undressing her, with Nina calling her "mommy" in a needy, babyish voice (the only thing, it seems, that will talk her mother back from the extreme edge of her bouts of rage). In Thomas, Nina's mentor, various facets are seen : the positive mentor who believes Nina can outshine even Beth in the role; the ruthless artistic director bent on breaking Nina and molding her into what he wants; the sexual predator who harasses and seduces women to dominate and emotionally control them; and the manipulative boss who sees what his subordinates are up to yet turns a blind eye. In many scenes of the film, Thomas uses his abusive control over Nina to make her depict "the black swan." The most remarkable symbolism used in the film was Nina's little dancing ballet toy. Even after she destroys it to pieces, the ballet toy proceeds to play music and dance. At the end of the film, Nina hurt herself, but was still able to amazingly perform her act of the black swan. So from the beginning, is there any chance for Nina? At the end of the ballet, the swan queen can only find freedom in death: a fate that Nina shares. In Gilman's short story, "The Yellow Wallpaper," the same controlling treatment that Nina got in "The Black Swan," was depicted by the narrator's husband, who was a doctor, and her sister in law, who in the story took care of her, as she was going through post partum depression. Like Nina, the narrator was treated like nothing more than a child. Her husband repeatidly calling her "little girl," and not letting her go out to see her relatives, as the same as Nina's mother, not letting her go out with friends or even having a social life. In many parts of the story, the narrator was frightened at the fact of doing what she desired, which was to write. She hid it from her husband and her sister in law, in fear they would catch her.…
audience’s attention and heart. Black Swan possesses all these elements and the array of accolades, critical and audience acclaim, and box office success is a testament to it’s it factor.
Black Swan is a 2010 psychological thriller film directed by Darren Aronofsky. The plot revolves around the upcoming production of Swan Lake by a prestigious New York City ballet company. The Swan Lake production requires a ballerina to play both the innocent and fragile White Swan, for which the protagonist, Nina…
2007 book The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas Taleb (1960 - ). It is hardly an obscure tome, having been on the New York Times bestseller list for several weeks. Before I get to the essence of this essay I believe explaining what the term “Black Swan” means and saying a few words about the author would be in order.
It was once thought in the Old World that only white swans existed. Then from Australia came the realization that there were black swans. And no, they…
Christian A. Castro
As we live in a society where citizens are always trying to get ahead for their well being, problems occur. It could be any problem; some larger than others. As I began to watch the movie Black Swan I began to see these problems known as Social problems through out the movie. I saw many social problems but the two that stood out to me…
Running Head: WHAT WAS THE BLACK POWER MOVEMENT? 1
What was the Black Power Movement?
Analyzing the Black Power Movement
University of Wyoming
This paper was prepared for African American Studies (AAST-1000-03) taught by Professor McGriff.
WHAT WAS THE BLACK POWER MOVEMENT? 2
What was the Black Power Movement?
Analyzing the Black Power Movement
The Black Power Movement was largely kick started and fueled by the Civil Rights Movement. The Civil…
pheromones. Ink inside Paper Mate ball point pens contains pheromones, causing termites to follow any trail draw with a paper mate ink pen.
How does changing the amount of times the line is traced over affect how long the termite will stay on the line? If the amount of times the line is traced over is greater, then the termite will stay along the line longer because of the stronger scent that will attract the termite.
We will use identical pieces of paper. Then we will use the black Paper Mate ink pen…
A passionately insane ballet psychomelodrama from Darren Aronofsky. Starring Natalie Portman and co-star Mila Kunis. At its centre is young ballerina Nina Sayers, played by Natalie Portman. She is beautiful, vulnerable, sexually naive and exposed to her own mental illness. The director, Aronofsky, imbeds into the characters persona strong obsessions which ultimately drives them to self-destruction. To play the role of a lifetime, Nina must delve deep into her own dark side. As her hallucinations…
Black History Month Paper
In the world that we live in there are plenty who compete against each other. There are those who fight for the good, and those who fight for the bad. Most of the people who fight for the good are called “heroes”. A hero is a person who is admired for his/her achievements and qualities. Since its black history month, I decide to write about a person whom we should all commemorate every day for what he has done in the past.
I chose to write…
February 8, 2010
During this period people were getting very sick from the Black Death or bubonic plague. Everyone was dying at such a fast rate people starting living like there was no tomorrow because they never could tell when it was going to be their last day. They stopped grieving about the death of friends, family, and neighbors because everyone was dying so fast and so closely together. The Black Death brought out the worst in people because people were living for the day, their…
Black Swan Film Analysis
Darren Aronofsky exposed the unseen side of the art of ballet in the movie Black Swan. The psychological thriller demonstrates the competitive and demanding atmosphere that each dancer in the ballet world is forced to endure in order to succeed. The movie unfolds around an adaptation of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s renowned production Swan Lake, where Nina Sayers, a talented and devoted, but mentally unstable dancer, guides the audience through the story from her point of…