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Compare the social and cultural representations in 'Bend it Like Beckham' and 'Wondrous Oblivion'

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26/03/07 Compare the social and cultural representations in 'Bend it Like Beckham' and 'Wondrous Oblivion' The directors of 'Bend it like Beckham' and 'Wondrous Oblivion' both feature types of cultural representation in their films. Both cultures are represented as being very different from the English society, but people of each society do eventually become friends. This usually happens just after the start of the film. At the beginning of 'Bend it Like Beckham,' Jess, the Indian girl, has a fantasy about playing football for Manchester United, whereas at the beginning of 'Wondrous Oblivion,' David, the Jewish boy, thinks he can play cricket well but in reality, he isn't very good at all. In 'Wondrous Oblivion,' the Jewish family are disrespected by the English who live on the same estate, but when the Jamaicans move in next to the Jew's, the English diverted their attention from the Jews to the black Jamaicans. After a few days, David plays cricket in the Jamaicans garden and makes friends with Judy, the Jamaican daughter. In 'Bend it Like Beckham,' Jess is good at and likes to play football. ...read more.


This also is made more extreme in 'Wondrous Oblivion' as it is set in the early nineteen hundred's when racism was quite bad. 'Bend it like Beckham' shows the English as being racially the same as the Indian family. This is one message that the director tries to convey. The Indian family is represented as being a strong, controlling family culture. The football coach in 'Bend it like Beckham' tries to mediate between Jess playing football and her Indian family responsibilities. Jess's mother doesn't want her to play football. She wants her to be a typical Indian daughter who does everything a typical Indian daughter should do. "What family will want a daughter-in-law who can play football all day but can't make round chapattis?" This is said by Jess's mother. It tells us that she wants Jess to attract a husband and that a women's place is in the kitchen. In 'Wondrous Oblivion,' the Jewish women, mother of David, tries to mediate between the English and the Jamaicans. Some scenes in the film suggest that the Jamaican father and Jewish mother are having some sort of relationship. ...read more.


Again, when negative things happen slow, sad music is played. When the camera focuses on the Indian family, again, stereotypical Indian music is played. The different cultures in both 'Bend it like Beckham' and 'Wondrous Oblivion' are styled with different clothes. The English usually wear neat, 'posh' clothes whereas the Indians and Jamaicans wear bright, colourful and traditional clothing. This is shown in both films and the directors both emphasise this. 'Wondrous Oblivion' was set in about nineteen-twenty to nineteen-thirty. This was a good time to set the film as it was then that racial abuse was at a high. 'Bend it like Beckham' was set around the year two thousand. This helps send the message of the film as it was when women started to really play football in proper leagues. The main message in 'Wondrous Oblivion' is that even though you are different races and come from different cultures, you can still interact with each other and not be criticized because of the colour of your skin. The message in 'Bend it like Beckham' is that if you're a different race or colour, you can still be treated with respect and join in with other races as well as your own. Ashley Morris ...read more.

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