By the way, I was catching up with Bones last night, and who comes waltzing in? Fucking Balthazar, posing as a French Interpol detective. And there I was all happy and proud, going, Whoa, nice French accent he’s got there, and then Damn, he can actually say a few words as well and also Really, that’s top-notch work on his language skills, quite impressive, when my spidey sense flared up and I check and -
Movies teach us important lessons, like “The power was in you all along” or “If you travel back in time, don’t have sex with your ancestors, even if they’re really hot.” For the most part, we’re all happy to agree that “Love conquers all” and “We’re stronger together” and “Werewolves really should be allowed to play basketball.” But sometimes, Hollywood tricks us into thinking that because these lessons should be true, they are true. But in reality, if a werewolf tried to play high school basketball, he’d be shot in the face by Betsy DeVos.
But movies (you may want to sit down for this one) aren’t real life. On the mean streets of existence, “When they go low, we go high” is a great way to get punched in the crotch. Or eaten by vicious owls.
Obama’s election caused (or, to hear the Koch Brothers tell it, just happened to coincide with) the rise of the Tea Party. The Tea Party went through several incarnations, and meant a lot of different things to a lot of different people, but somehow they managed to coalesce around one deep political conviction: Everything Barack Obama said was wrong. If he said “Grass is green,” they said “No, it’s purple,” then noted that green is the unpatriotic color of Islam, and lawns should be defunded. It wasn’t fair, and it had very little to do with reality, but it was damn effective. Now Obama is being the perfect picture of class, urging the world to give Donald Trump a chance. Which Trump is repaying by tearing up as many of Obama’s policies as he can fit in his little hands.
Trump is even more polarizing than Obama, but elected Democrats aren’t as ruthlessly efficient at stymieing his agenda. While Trump is up to his eyeballs in Emoluments Clause violations, Democrats are burying the lede by only focusing on his nominees. It’s ridiculous that they aren’t able to mount an effective guerrilla-style political opposition to Trump, as he seems to be serving himself up on a platter. It’s not like liberal groups are always bastions of moral behavior.
“Hey, Y/N, can I talk with you a moment?” Colossus asked, sounding a little nervous.
You looked up at him. “Yeah, sure, what’s up?”
He waited until the last person in the room left before speaking again. “We’ve known each other for a while now, and for just as long, I’ve…” he started, struggling to find the right words. “Sorry, I should’ve rehearsed what I wanted to say.”
“No, it’s fine,” you told him, putting your hand on his arm reassuringly. “Take your time.” You knew English was his second language, so you understood how hard it was to find the right words sometimes.
“I’ve found that I have really come to care about you, possibly to the point of ya tebya lyublyu,” he said, slipping into Russian.
You just looked at him, confused. You know he just said that he loves you, but he doesn’t know that you know Russian. So you decided to play dumb and see how he acts.
Piotr blushed, a hand coming up to rub the back of his neck. “I just slipped into Russian, didn’t I?” he asked bashfully.
“Yep, you did,” you said with a nod.
“Sorry, I just kinda got lost. Lost in the words or your eyes or-“
You cut him off by giving him a kiss, going up on your tip-toes to reach and putting your arm on his shoulder for balance. He wrapped his arms around you, his embrace feeling strong and protective.
After a moment, you pulled out of the kiss. “I love you, too,” you admitted.
If you struggle to understand how to find the themes and motifs in a novel or play, here are a few ways to break it down. I will be using Disney’s The Little Mermaid as my example.
1. Start by looking at the motives of the main character, and how the secondary characters support or discourage the protagonist’s goals. Ariel’s main goal is to become human and several themes stem from this. These themes include the desire to be someone else (identity crisis), the dangers of the human world (Sebastian and her father are against humans), and independence (disobeying her father, learning who to trust and not to trust).
2. Look at the background information of the protagonist. What physical and familial aspects are emphasized about your character? The Little Mermaid focuses on how Ariel is a teenager with an over protective father. Therefore, there is a strong theme of family and the theme of growing up in the story. Consider how your novel or play, focuses or doesn’t focus, on family connections, age, gender, and the culture of the story (including social class, race, and religion if applicable).
3. Analyze the setting, it’s often a character itself too. How the story’s location is portrayed is an important motif and sets the mood of the plot. In the Little Mermaid, there is the setting of the sea, which is bright, colourful and safe. There is also the setting of land, which is new, exciting but also dangerous. These two settings are like characters in the sense that they both have depth and stereotypes made about them. The sea is familiar to Ariel but there is a dark side to it, like Ursula. The land is assumed to be totally unsafe and evil, but it has beauty and good qualities just as much as the sea.
4. Finally, you can look at how the story’s main conflict is expressed. How are the repeating metaphors related to the conflict. The problem could be related to nature, death, animals etc. Ariel’s conflict of wanting to be human is expressed through sacrifice, nature and youth. A main metaphor in this story is voice: the power of words, the loss of identity, and communication both romantically and platonically.