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The power of castes

Hi all,

For today’s presentation I wanted to focus on castes in the book. Throughout the whole book most of the characters suffer from their caste and the way the have to live because of it.  Chapra’s main goal is to escape his slave condition and become a general, or a king. I was a bit surprised how the lesson I got out of the book that is “all lives matter equally wether human or animal/ ‘Life is sacred wether or not it is human'” was so different than the way humans treated each other. Page 37 even the monk is surprised if not disgusted that a Pariah can have superpowers and can become godlike. Pariahs are considered “subhuman”, I wanted to know what you thought of the castes and of this contradiction within the book.


So for Vertigo, I want to talk about the image system of mirrors, as said in the lecture, there is a shift in Judy’s attitude when she looks at herself in the mirror. Is there any other passages that would indicate or confirm that the mirror represents the lack of liberty or the dependence to another character ?


Also, I’d like to talk about the opening scene, with the eye of the woman and the spirals that we see. It gives the audience from the first few minutes the idea of dizziness and uneasiness that the characters feel the whole movie. Who do you think the woman is ? is it a representation of the woman as the looker or the looked-at ? Could we associate her with any character or should it represent women in general? Is there any connection /link we can draw between the dizziness and women ?

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