When we want to improve our hair, skin, or nails, our first thoughts may be to take the road to beauty centers. Products always promise to strengthen nails, lengthen hair, and look refreshed skin. However, you may want to take a glance at the supermarket. What you set in your body may be just as important as what you put on it. Admit it or not, skin and body will be a reflection of what putting a body.
I will take you on a time travel to once upon a time in the Joseon Dynasty of Korea, in a Gisaeng House; a typical funhouse in Korean culture. The movie portrays the life of the first male Gisaeng, Heo Sek, played by singer-actor Lee Jun Ho of 2PM.
The concept of the monster lays the very foundation of the cultural self. Every distinct cultural identity insists upon a dialectical relationship with “the other”. Semantically thinking, the self, ipso facto, bespeaks a subjective and homogeneous domain isolated from the outside. In this sense, the concept of identity roots itself in a “strategic and positional” basis (Stuart Hill, Who needs ‘identity’? 17). Paradoxically, the construction of self is doctrinally accompanied by that of the other, ergo resorting to acts of differentiation to put accentuation on the self.
History plays a significant role not only in understanding the past but also the present and future. The events of the past can shape our recent or following time, which can have an influence on our behavior, views, and even on culture. Although history, in fact, is our best teacher because we can either learn from it or repeat the same mistakes all over again, culture, on the other hand, is more like a ‘traditional leader’ and by following it we can maintain our own identity. There can be certain events that brake the ‘flow’ of culture, such as the death of the last living person who practices the traditions, or a country’s oppression over another. In other words, it will remain in the past and people will stop practicing it. One of the greatest factors which can affect both culture and history is war, which can destroy cultures and history.
Michael Collins is a remarkable film commemorating the significant role of Michael Collins as well as portraying the political events taking place in Ireland in the twentieth century. The film itself is brief, and informative and serves as a means of education regarding Irish history, especially for those who are not particularly familiar with it.
Michael Collins was a “natural and charismatic leader, he had no formal education after high school […] he joined the IRB […] and participated in the Easter Rising” (Desmond’s Concise History of Ireland, 2020). The Easter Rising was an Irish rebellion against British rule over Ireland, in which various political leaders took part.
Michael Collins also held positions as „(1) President of the Supreme Council of the IRB, (2) Commander of the IRA (1919-21), later Commander-in-Chief of the Free State Army (1922), (3) Sinn Fein member of the Dail, (4) Minister of Finance of the 1919 provisional government, and (5) cabinet member in first post-treaty government”(Desmond’s Concise History of Ireland, 2020), which are were portrayed in the film.
There are various parts where the historical background is accurately included such as “political leader Éamon de Valera […] setting Collins up to lead negotiations in London, knowing it will be impossible to secure either full republican status or a united Ireland. Secretly, he hopes that Collins will take the fall for the concessions” (Tunzelmann, 2020). However, in some places, we may encounter some inconsistencies, for example, “the film goes on to imply strongly that De Valera was behind Collins’s assassination” (Tunzelmann, 2020).
If we observe the film from a critical viewpoint, we can conclude that “the film’s biggest problem was its lack of focus. It covers only a brief period, but that period takes in enough history to fuel a brace of lengthy television series” (Michael Collins review: nowhere near as historically inaccurate as we once supposed, 2020). However, it captured them in a brilliant manner where the viewer could imagine the hardships and perilous times of that period.
Unquestionably, this film can educate anyone regarding Irish mentality and sentiment escalating under the dominance of the British Empire, even if we consider the flaws in some of its historical representations. It raises important questions regarding freedom, not only about what freedom is but where the limits of it lie. This film is highly recommended to anyone even if the reviews might not deem to give the best ratings of it.
Jerrydesmond.tripod.com. 2020. Desmond’s Concise History Of Ireland. [online] Available at: <http://jerrydesmond.tripod.com/index-2.html>
The Irish Times. 2020. Michael Collins Review: Nowhere Near As Historically Inaccurate As We Once Supposed. [online] Available at: <https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/film/michael-collins-review-nowhere-near-as- historically-inaccurate-as-we-once-supposed-1.2576150> [Accessed 24 March 2020].
Tunzelmann, A., 2020. Michael Collins Is 30 Seconds From The Truth About Irish History. [online] the Guardian. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2010/dec/09/reel-history-michael-collins-irish
Sport seems to include several different meanings, be it physical activity, hobby, competition, teamwork, or conflict. One of the essences of doing a particular sport is having this feeling of participation in a game, where there is always a certain opponent against whom we need to prevail. By being included in this competitive exercise, we get the impression of fitting into a part of the society that surrounds us, constituting our sense of identity. For this reason, teams have been formed in various types of sports, enhancing the rivalry among the groups as well as creating the idea of ‘us versus them, producing hatred based on any kind of differences between two communities.
Chakras. I’m sure all of us heard something about chakras before. Maybe you heard it in a yoga class or someone mentioned about your blockage. But what are exactly the chakras and how do they affect your physical and emotional well-being?
Supported by the norms of epic, Satan constructs the very basic portrait of an individual. Satan’s rebellion semantically corresponds to defiance of external authority whilst claiming his own. This individual aspect also could be built on the template of epic norms. In putting accentuation upon vast imagination, epic space also expands the capacity of the hero not only physically but also psychologically, thus endowing Satan with the capacity to “refashioning”. Devamını Oku
The Ottomans, who ruled many regions from the Balkans to the Middle East, were in economic and political turmoil in the middle of the 18th century. Empire couldn’t catch up with the developments in Europe while dealing with problems such as protracted wars, the deteriorated tax system and a dispersed army.
Harbouring a surfaced theme of physical intimacy, the Flea by John Donne, ulteriorly hints the theme of “attempted female victimization”. Quite insisting in his proposal of sexual intercourse, the speaker of the poem carvers, if unconsciously, the way for her doom, especially considering the marriage -for women the only way to thrive in society- in which the dictum of “chaste” was the prerequisite. So, rather than a romantic reading, I will try to draw a general portrait about this attempted female victimization in Donne’s poem.