Life and Death the Movie Response Essay

In: Other Topics

Submitted By starling2465
Words 825
Pages 4
Life and Death the Movie Response
After its independence from British colonial control and support in 1962, Jamaica struggled until it was almost wiped out financially by the gas and oil price wars of the early 1970s.
Life and Death is a film about the conditions in Jamaica and its struggles. The movie starts with the images of its beautiful beaches on a sunny day and the arrival of a group of American tourist. The commentator stated that the City of arrival is Montego Bay and not Kingston Jamaica, which is the largest city and the capital, she also stated that the only document that is required to enter the country is a Driver license contrary of the majority of countries around the world that require a Pass port. However, what many people who travel to this country don't see is the high level of poverty, and vast sense of human desperation and hopelessness.
As you arrive in Montego Bay, you can exchange currency at the airport and there is a shuttle driver waiting to take you to your destination. Due to Jamaica was under British colony everyone drives on the left side of the street and not on the right. The Shuttle toke them through some narrow street and poor neighborhoods which show some of the conditions the people of the island live in and base on the narrator some of them has no running water or sewerage...
The prime minister during that time was Michael Manley, and he was talking about the approached to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to secure sovereignty loans which he was able to get on a short term instead of a loan term and with those financial difficulties the millions needed came at a very stiff price. The IMF imposed unusual conditions and internal policy ideas some of which were not to use the money to build any Hospital and limited the amount that could be used for education and that virtually destroyed the country, propelling it…...

Similar Documents

Response Essay

...tried to do for blacks in those days. Gladwell leads to his concluding section by comparing his criticism of Finch/Folsom to George Orwell’s criticism of Charles Dickens. Dickens had many works that had a large impact on people and Orwell disapproves of his lack of “constructive suggestions.” In both cases, much praise is given as though they brought major change to society when, in all actuality, they only brought a personality that was different for the time that the men lived. I had a very mixed response to this essay. I understand Gladwell’s point since neither Finch nor Folsom were activist in the sense that so many others were, but I thought that acting like neither deserved respect or praise was a bit much. Coming into the deep-south at that time wanting racial equality was incredibly brave; the south just wasn’t prepared for such a drastic change, so expecting one man to come in and change the hearts and minds of millions of southerners who had had racism engrained in their life since childhood was unrealistic. At some point the issue would have needed more than a change of heart and Folsom nor Finch were going to be the ones to accomplish the task. At that time, politicians knew about the “friends and neighbors” aspect of politics and would say what the people wanted to hear rather than what the politician actually believed, but Folsom still stood for what he believed even though it was largely unpopular. I am from a small Alabama town so I understand that part......

Words: 1246 - Pages: 5

Death and Life - Tuesdays with Morrie

...Death and Life - Tuesdays with Morrie PART 1 Nagel wrote: “everybody dies, but not everybody agrees about what death is.” In this chapter, Death, Nagel explains some of the beliefs people have about death. One of his points was survival after death. Nagel said that if dualism is true we can understand how life after death might be possible. Each person would consist of a soul and a body, and the soul would have to be able to leave the body and function on its own. If dualism is not true, then life after death could not exist because mental processes go in the brain which depend on the rest of the body. Nagel believes that life after death might be tangible if dualism is true. Nagel asserts that death, the most terrifying of things, is nothing to us. Since as long as we exist, death is not with us; but when death comes, then we do not exist. It does not then concern either the living or the dead. He explained that death can be considered a negative evil because when a person dies, their lives end. This means that there is nothing left; no love, work, food, clothing, cars or anything else. When Nagel says death has no value, positive or negative, he means to the person who has died. One's death can clearly have value to others, negative to one's family and friends, positive to one's enemies or those who profit from it. Nagel also explained that anything that is bad for someone-must be bad for that person at a particular time. There is no time at which death is bad for......

Words: 1493 - Pages: 6

Lincoln Movie Essay

...By Angel M The new film Lincoln, showcasing the important events of the last four months of Abraham Lincoln’s, life leading up to his death in April of 18**. Based in January , with a historical drama background directed by Steven Spielberg, it doesn’t fall short compared to any of his other films he’s done in the past. The movie is centered around Abraham Lincoln, played by Daniel Day Lewis, trying to get the 13th amendment passed by congress in 1865. It shows the difficulties and struggles Lincoln faced at the time, and how his family and supporters stayed behind him. The film starts off with the bloody Civil War playing out, North and South at war. Minutes later we are then taken to a part where we see two Black soldiers having a conversation with Lincoln stating how they wish all men were equal and would love to see a black man as colonel in the army. At the time slavery was still being practiced and many blacks experienced harsh treatment from whites, whether it was pertaining to laws or how they were treated on a daily basis. From that point and onwards the movie basically gets into Lincoln working on the amendment and dealing with his fellow cabinet members. Early on in the story there does seem to be tidbits showing that Mary Sturatt, Lincoln’s wife, did have emotional problems. From the constant crying to commanding Lincoln to kill her. Thus explains why some accused Mary to be part of his assignation, some even claimed she had insanity. Then again she......

Words: 344 - Pages: 2

Movie Report : "Auschzitz, Death Camp"

...Movie Report: “Auschwitz, Death Camp” In the movie “Auschwitz, death camp”, Oprah Winfrey interviewed Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel when they visited the Auschwitz Museum which used to be the biggest Nazi concentration and death camp. Elie talked about his personal experience at Auschwitz. He also explained more about the meaning of the Holocaust which he wrote in his book, Night. The movie started at the entrance of Auschwitz where a young Elie arrived in a cattle car with his family, friends and neighbor. He smelled the stench of burning human flesh and saw the crematorium throwing its flames into the sky and he thought “This is the end of the history, the end of Jews”. During the time at the camp, his body and his soul suffered by SS soldiers. He saw people (up to 1.5 million) including men, women and even babies were killed. Women and children including his mother and young sister were sent immediately to a gas chamber which killed them in fifteen minutes. While men starved and worked to dead. Their bodies were burn in crematorium. All memories of Auschwitz haunted him day by day. He was confused that why the Nazi did everything like that. He didn’t understand why it happened. Were they human being? And then he decided to write and to teach so that the man kind will remember and everything in Auschwitz never happened again. Throughout the movie, I felt the pains of the Jews and Elie in the death camp. The pictures of people starved to dead, the burn bodies and......

Words: 367 - Pages: 2

Life or Death

...Unit 1 Writing Assignment: Ad Essay Ms. Janet Jackson Dr. Jeff Newberry English Composition II- Spring 2014 1/26/14 Life or Death In a world where the idea of giving life is greatly measured by a choice rather than examining the true meaning of life has created much controversy particularly in the United States. In this ad we will examine how Abortion has changed the world as we know it. There are many different opinions regarding abortion and whether or not a woman has a right to choose life or take it away. As we begin to explore the ad pictured here we see a partially developed fetus where you are able to determine it’s definitely a human being forming. I can see little fingers, formed eye sockets, lips, and a nose. There is no doubt this is a breathable human life forming into a complete being. The fetus sits sort of large in the middle of the advertisement with a caption that reads “She can make a tiny fist, get hiccups, suck her thumb, and feel pain. Yet she can be legally put to death by Abortion until the day she is born” pretty powerful words in my opinion. This ad is giving us a visual of what is real and not make believe. Some want women to believe that what they feel inside of their womb growing is no more than a product of their imagination. We can see with our own eyes that this is clearly a baby, a human being. How can something that is not......

Words: 424 - Pages: 2

A Certainty of Life: Death

...certainty of life: Death Two of Emily Dickenson’s poems, [Because I could not stop for Death] (1254) and [After great pain, a formal feeling comes] (932) are both about one of life’s few certainties: death. In Dickenson's poems, death is often personified, and illustrates a very different view on death than the traditional horror movie. Through the use of characters, imagery, and setting, Dickenson creates amazingly powerful poems that offer a creative and yet extremely different perspective on death. The characters in each of these two poems allow us two extremely different perspectives on death. One perspective is how it feels to be dead and look at life the other being how to deal with death when you are the one who is left behind. Also the different perspectives regarding the fear people have of dying and the emotions that surround it. In [Because I could not stop for Death], death appears as kind and compassionate. The woman fears death until she finally meets it and is welcomed by it “He kindly stopped for me” (2). The word kindly gives a vision of a kind and gentle man, a friend and a companion. In [After great pain, a formal feeling comes] the feeling is quit different in that it depicts the suffering of the people left behind. It shows death as cold and harsh and something that causes pain and suffering. Even though the emotions in both poems are completely different both show time passage as a very important part of death, in that death......

Words: 1028 - Pages: 5

Movie Essay

... Watts 2/25/2013 Amadeus Movie Essay Throughout the movie Amadeus, Mozart is an interesting and unique character. Mozart starts with such promise in his career; he has been making music since he was an infant and has been driven by his father to be great. He loves his music and believes in his own talent. He is so big-headed that he cannot stand that so many other people do not understand his work. The inner drive and self-destructive behavior are what make him a brilliant man, but also a weak man, his constant partying and drinking breaks him down. He has plenty of skill, but his personality is what hurts him. Mozart does not know how to succeed, like many brilliant people. He doesn’t know how to make it in the real world and that is what does him in. The story is told from the perspective of Antonio Salieri, another composer. The other music heard in the movie is his. Salieri, now in a mental hospital, talks with a priest and shares with him the story of his life. Salieri wants nothing more than making beautiful music for the world. To be “touched by God.” He has given to charities, and believes for a while, that his deal with God has been answered. Then he runs into Mozart. He hears this young man is the creator of very beautiful music. When Salieri looks at the original works Mozart has done, he is amazed. Salieri is then determined to bring Mozart down and find a way to make himself look as good. Salieri plots the whole movie to be better than Mozart. ......

Words: 345 - Pages: 2

Life and Death

...Life and Death Death is the inevitable conclusion of life. As Benjamin Franklin said, “The only things certain in life are death and taxes.” Some people fear death, and even try to fight it. In the end, they will lose the battle and end up facing death. Death is enigmatic, and has fascinated mankind since the beginning of time. The nature of death is puzzling because nobody knows what lies beyond it, and it has been the subject of much speculation in literature. This uncertainty about how to deal with our own mortality has fueled many authors’ imaginations, and they have written numerous literary works on the subject of death. Most people have seen death, even experienced the death of a relative or close friend. Sometimes there is anger or denial at the sudden loss of a loved one. Death has many strong emotions attached to it. Fear, depression, grief, remembrance, and celebration are some of these emotions, and they can be found in many literary works on the subject of death. Despite the myriad of different ideas and emotions surrounding death, the finality stays the same. “Because I Could Not Stop for Death” by Emily Dickinson and “Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night” by Dylan Thomas are two great poems on the subject of death. Readers can get a sense of the powerful feelings and emotions about death by comparing and contrasting these literary works, and by examining each author’s use of literary elements. These works about death were written by two poets......

Words: 1966 - Pages: 8

Different Movie, Different Life

...Different Movie, Different Life I like watching movies in my spare time, such as action movies, emotion movies, and suspense movies, actually I like all kind of movies except horror movies. Action movies can make me passionate and feel good, and actors in action movies are handsome and cool. I am excited by the fight scenes in action movies, which are amazing. I also enjoy in emotion movies. That kind of movies can show me various emotions in our life, and teach me what they are and let me know I should treasure them. Furthermore, I can realize the emotion which I never seen in my life. I can exercise my ability of thinking when I watch suspense movies. My brain is thinking when I watch that movies in a whole time. And I really admire creator of that kind of movies, they are genius and so smart. Let me talk about this kind of movies I dislike, horror movies. Somebody say watch horror movies can release pressure and relax themselves, but I do not think so. I am so upset and afraid when I see something about horror movies, even a playbill or a soundtrack. I do not know why so many people like watching horror movies. My favorite movie is called The Shawshank Redemption. I think so many people have seen this movie. This is an old movie which shown in 1994, I was 2 years old in that year. I watched it some months ago; the story really shocked me indeed. The story is about a banker called Andy; he was falsely charged with murdered his wife and his wife’s lover. He used 19 years......

Words: 589 - Pages: 3

Life or Death

...Best Answer - Chosen by Asker Okay. Consider the risks with the death penalty. The system can make tragic and irreversible mistakes. Last month, we found out about Cameron Todd Willingham, executed in Texas for starting the fire that killed his children. Modern forensics has shown that the fire was accidental. There wasn’t even a crime. As of now, Over 130 people wrongfully convicted people sentenced to death have been exonerated. DNA, available in less than 10% of all homicides, can’t guarantee we won’t execute innocent people. If someone is convicted and later found innocent you can release him from prison, but not from the grave. Here is some other information about the death penalty and a bit about life without parole (LWOP) The death penalty doesn't prevent others from committing murder. Homicide rates have consistently been higher in states and regions with the death penalty than in those without it. The most recent FBI data shows that homicide rates are below the national average in all 14 states without the death penalty. LWOP is on the books in 49 states (all except Alaska), and it also prevents reoffending. It means what it says, and spending 23 of 24 hours a day locked in a tiny cell is not a picnic. Life without parole costs less than the death penalty. LWOP costs less than the death penalty: The death penalty is much more expensive than life in prison. The high costs of the death penalty are for the complicated legal process, and the......

Words: 425 - Pages: 2

Life & Death Philosophy

...Essay Plan & Outline Rational: I found that we all commonly belief in the worthiness of being alive due to the fact that we take it for granted that being alive gives us hope and joys. However, there are certain amount of people who perceive being alive as a burden and meanwhile considers the hope of afterlife as a better place to be. By committing suicide, they cease the consciousness, succeed in brining changes and freedom from struggling in pains. Due to the fact that suicide is not only a philosophical but also a public health issue, it is important to explore the ultimate motivations of suicide and suicide attempts. I therefore determine to investigate the issue to gain an in-depth understanding, by using the case of series of suicides committed by a multinational enterprise, Foxconn’s employees in its Chinese manufacturing plant. I wish to argue based on research evidences that the motives to cease pains, to bring changes and to pursue a taken for granted better afterlife constitute to suicides. The outline of my essay is shown as follow: Introduction In 2012, Foxconn, a renowned multinational enterprise, has seen a series of suicides committed by its young workers in China, which shocked the society. The perceptions about life and death depend on individuals’ unique situations. However, suicide and suicide attempts persist as a predominant public health problem (McClure, 1984; Weissman, 1974), and therefore it is important and significant to specifically look......

Words: 597 - Pages: 3

Death of a Salesman Critical Response

...tragedy is a sad story, which represents a character with a tragic flaw leading to his downfall. In addition, in traditional tragedy, the main character falls from high authority and often it is predetermined by fate, while the audience experiences catharsis (Bloom 2). Arthur Miller’s play Death of a Salesman is considered to be a tragedy because this literary work has some of the main characteristics of the tragedy genre. In this play, the main character Willy Loman possesses such traits and behaviors that lead to his downfall, and the audience experiences catharsis. Willy Loman as a real tragic hero comes to the decision to commit suicide because of serious financial problems of his family (Phelps 79). This play has already been criticized by a number of literary critics who represented different opinions on the plot of the book. The major goal of this paper is to critically evaluate the play Death of a Salesman written by the well-known American writer Arthur Miller, paying special attention to the play’s characteristics of a tragedy. In the play Death of a Salesman, the author investigates human nature and represents his main character as a person whose dissatisfaction with his own life leads to his tragic end. The plot of this literary work is rather simple. The play consists of two acts. In the first act, Willy Loman, the main character of Miller’s play returns home from New York. It is found that his goal was to travel to Boston, but he could not achieve this goal......

Words: 1456 - Pages: 6

Death Essay

...child’s parents will be dead. Death of a parent cause short and long term effects behavioral and psycologically. The first thing a child does is learning how to cope without the parent. Mourning is the best way to adapt. A child has difficulty to cope with the parent’s death due to them not knowing how to mourn or understand death at a young age. Failure to do has an effect on growth and adjustment. The most difficult mourning process for a child is detaching the love from the deceased parent. There use to looking up at that parent to do things for them since there so young. When a child sees a parent dies it causes traumatic stress. It effects them behavioral and psychologically. The child relives the death of the parent all through out there life. When a parent is dying it is best for the child to be removed. When a child is removed it’s least likely for them to suffer from stress and the emotional attachment with the death of the parent. Almost all kids that loose a parent are hyperactivity. Hyperactivity comes from the children wanting opposite of death. When we explain death to a child you usually say mom and daddy are sleeping for a long time and not going to wake up. So the child takes it as if I sleep I’m not going to wake up so this causes an increase in hyperactivity so the child does not feel like they’re going to die. The best way for this not to happen is actually to explain death. But in some cases it shows that some children mimic death and suffer from......

Words: 460 - Pages: 2

Death Penalty Response Paper

...Frederick Knowles English Composition: Response Paper 11 February 2011 The Death Penalty According to David Bruck, “neither justice nor self-preservation demands that we kill men” and I beg to differ. Death penalty is considered as a controversial topic today. Death penalty is the best way to bring justice because it is cheap, it serves as justice for the victims, and it gives a higher regard to the victim’s suffering in the hands of the murderer. Although some people oppose death penalty saying it is immoral and a waste of life, it is still the best way to bring justice to the victims of heinous crimes. Death penalty is the best way to bring justice because it is cheap. The government can save a lot of money with death penalty. When prisoners get sentenced to death, taxpayers would not have to pay tax to supply the needs of the prisoners who did a heinous crime. Instead of using the money to sustain murderers, the money could be use in many other projects that can help the citizens of the United States. We can use the money to make roads and give the budget to financial aid, towards education, and projects for the future of the country. We do not have to pay for these killers and murderers. Death penalty serves justice for the victims of these heinous crimes. If someone takes a life of another person with no reason, that person deserves to die too. If that person values his/her life, he/she should not take another person’s life. The idealism “eye for an......

Words: 477 - Pages: 2

A Better Life Movie Analysis

...Juan Marcos Romero ENG 108 Armory Kaiser 27 February 2012 A Better Life Movie Analysis In the movie A Better Life, the Main Character Carlos Galindo is an undocumented immigrant from Mexico who started working as a day labor worker when he first arrived in the country, however he has had steady work from Blasco Martinez who owns a gardening business which he tries to convince Carlos to buy from him as he says he is moving. The idea of being self employed is very appealing to Carlos but he knows he can never afford to do so and the risk of getting caught and deported is very high. Carlos has a son Luis who is reluctant to go to school on a daily basis and gets into trouble as he is influenced by his friends who are part of the South Central gang life style. Carlos and his wife came from Jalisco which is a state in Mexico which is primarily made up of several small villages where "Charros" or Mexican cowboys would get married and head north to start a new life in America. Carlos believed that life in America would be simple in which if you worked hard opportunities would present themselves and you could be happy, that unfortunately was not the case and Carlos's wife ended up leaving him alone with their young son Luis. The main difficulties that Carlos and Luis face are that they live in a rough neighborhood in south central Los Angeles and even though Carlos has what seems to be a steady job with Blasco, Carlos is unable to save up the money needed to move to a......

Words: 623 - Pages: 3