The Geography of Culture in Film The film “Bend it Like Beckham” is a modern film that incorporates an apparent geography of culture perspective. Throughout the film Indian beliefs are portrayed by Jess and her family, as they try to adapt to the British culture. Indian culture is explored in this film through orthodox Sikh religious beliefs, the importance of rituals, cuisine and dress, the traditional role of women, and the respect given to elders. Jess’s parents are always wearing traditional Indian clothing, and Indian music is played throughout the film. It is very apparent from the beginning that Jess and her sister have different ideas of how young women should behave, compared to their parent’s beliefs.
She states: “...her intent, her passion, her imagery, the rhythms of her speech and the nature of her thoughts” (4). Tan realizes that just because her mother’s english isn’t perfect, it does not mean that she is not capable. This revelation from Tan exemplifies a loving tone that gives the reader overwhelming emotions. Tan shifts to talking about the hurdles she and her mother had to overcome because of their English. She had no confidence in her mother growing up, and saw her as a “limit” and an “embarrassment”.
She makes a show of not taking her mother’s advice by saying things like, "Don’t be so old-fashioned, Ma […]. I’m my own person." This woman likes to think that she’s in charge of herself. All the same, she continues to look for her mother’s approval, especially in romantic relationships. She claims that she doesn’t want her mom’s opinions about Rich, but desperately wants her mother to like him.
It’s hardly ever cold enough in San Francisco to wear mink jacket. But it seems to be a fad, what people are buying their wives and girlfriends these days” (p169). Waverly is already defensive as this remark indicates. She is afraid he mother will disapprove of such a present so she herself is already making negative remarks about it. She sides with her mother so that they have a positive relationship.
Jane wishes not to be the best or the most good, only to get by without being beaten and humiliated. Helens way of thinking of life means that she doesn’t mind being hurt or beaten because this means she is closer to being taken to what she believes is her purpose, heaven. Helen welcomes punishment because she feels that she deserves punishment to make her better for the afterlife. Jane on the other hand does not like being punished and so does her best to avoid being reprimanded. Jane and Helen have very different relationships with adults.
Emmeline and many women believed that being arrested and using the media was better way of getting things done. This approach meant many knew who they were and their aims. But an important fact was that many thought that this was not helping their cause and that it discouraged people to support and even consider votes for women. For instance if we consider the quote of Lloyd George in Source 1, who was one of the small number of men who agreed on votes for women, but believed that their way of campaigning was not encouraging anyone to give them the vote. The reaction of the public, mainly the men is shown in the quotations of Source 2 and 3.
Travis should not have to sleep on the couch. Beneatha should be able to be a doctor, but she must be careful not to overspeak according to Mama. Beneatha's frustration with the "outdated" ideas of her mother and her brother's traditional marriage are felt. She is a dreamer and yet the reader wants to believe with her. Walter's anger is perfectly justified although it gets him nowhere, and Ruth's increasing frustration with her husband is also justified, especially as they are about to bring another child into the world.
Miss Schwartz is a people pleaser, and she must learn to treat herself with dignity. Multiple times in the story Miss Schwartz does not take responsibility for her actions. After taking the dress from the department store Lena is not sure about bringing the dress back. The narrator states, “she would have gone back with the dress, but did not know how to go about it.” Miss Schwartz knows that it is wrong to steal, but she does not truly want to return the dress. To take the blame off herself she makes up the excuse
Initially, Patty is an intelligent and good hearted girl. However, she is constantly put down by her parents so she longs for parental support. For example, “I wish Patricia would be more particular…would do you just look at that hair?”(5). Patty has an external conflict with her mother, because her mother is giving negative comments about her looks. Also, her mother does not like patty for who she is and just wants her to be exactly like her.
English 1102 April 17, 2007 “The American Melting Pot: Devourer of Cultures” Both Dee in Alice Walker’s “Everyday Use” and Shyamoli in Chitra Divakaruni’s “Mrs. Dutta Writes a Letter” purposely reject their family heritage in the hope of reshaping their own cultural identities to “fit in” with those who live in modern day America. Mama portrays Dee as the most intelligent daughter in the family, but also as the most superficial and naïve because of her tendency to prioritize fashion and trends instead of family and traditions. Dee’s aspirations to own the family heirlooms for decorative purposes, such as the quilt, only furthers her disconnection from her family’s ancestral culture and strengthens her false assimilation into the superficial teenage American culture which continues to pressure her to conform to society and deny her true cultural identity. Shyamoli, like Dee, is also pressured into the idea that she is obligated to be a part of the modern day American culture, which is the community she lives in.