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The film I chose to review was "The Empire of the Sun", by Steven Spielberg.

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Yeear 12 Studies of Societies "Empire of the Sun" Essay By Adam Rau The film I chose to review was "The Empire of the Sun", by Steven Spielberg. Having already seen this movie beforehand, I chose this film as I already had an understanding of the general plot, and so would consequently find it easier to look at the movie from a different perspective. In this review I will try to show you examples of how society changed along with the war, and how one particular character, Jamie (otherwise known as Jim) must learn to change with this society in order to survive. The story tells of how a young school boy, Jamie, living with his parents in Pearl Harbour, has his life turned upside-down when Pearl Harbour is invaded. Jamie loses his parents, and later must learn to fend for himself in order to live a life in the midst of war. I've had to cut down this essay considerably, so the essay will consist of the examples in which society (and consequently Jamie/Jim) changed to suit the situation. To begin with, Jamie is like any other school boy, young, childish, and generally completely oblivious to reality. ...read more.


The only real reason Basie helps Jim to survive is in order for Jim to help him survive. Almost everybody Jim meets during the war has changed in order to survive- and Jim himself has consequently changed also, mainly under Basie's influence. At one stage Jim refuses to wear a pair of shoes Basie takes off a dead woman's feet- but contradicts himself later by taking anything (including a group of young children's' marbles) in order to make trades with people and consequently survive. The only person Jim could really trust (and who also helps Jim to not completely change from the way he was) is Dr. Rawlings. However, the sort of behaviour Jim has is not irregular in war, because, what must be done, must be done in order to keep living. In general, the people Jim meet with contradict their own way of living, morals and beliefs in order to survive- and so force Jim to do so as well. A new set of values and beliefs are created during war: and although would not be accepted by our standards now, these standards would be considered general practice in the event of a war. ...read more.


Victor's soul is going to Heaven. In actual fact, however, this is an Atomic Bomb, which was dropped further away. Therefore, the white light could be determined as ambiguous- as it gives us an unclear meaning at first, but then the real meaning becomes apparent later. Unfortunately, although Jim doesn't realise it, the heaven he was seeing actually doesn't exist, and would be better off seeing the grim reality for what it is. Finally, after Basie shoots Jim's Japanese friend, Jim tries to revive the boy. The ambiguity cannot be recognised immediately, but an image Spielberg uses here is quite clever. For a very quick period of time, the Japanese boy is replaced with Jim before the war (Jamie), wearing his school uniform. What this image seems to portray is Jim trying to revive his former self- to almost revive his past, and make everything the way it used to be. As Jim revives Jamie, he repeats the words "I can bring everyone back" over and over. This also has another meaning in itself- as Jim may believe he can bring back his parents, and possibly even make people change their way of living, their morals and ethics, to the way it used to be before the war. Unfortunately, this is war, and society has no choice but to stay the way it is. ...read more.

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