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Thoughts on binary oppositions and ideologies Semester 1, 2006 Lecturer Name:Dr Leanne McRae Student ID:HUYOQ61 Student Name:Huang Yong Thoughts on binary oppositions and ideologies Binary oppositions play a very important role in the cultural studies and our everyday life. Binaries help to frame system of representation by limiting and separating our concepts of good and bad. In this essay, I am going to discuss what are binary oppositions and how do they contribute to the formation of ideologies by using the example of a Chinese film Crounching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Once <I was reading a book called Tao Te Ching (a book on ancient Chinese sayings) ,when I came upon this:�The whole world recognizes the beautiful as the beautiful,yet this is only the ugly; the whole world recognizes the good as good, yet this is only the bad.�(LAU .D. C. 1963, p. 58) It made me think a lot. Would we know what good is without knowing what bad is? ...read more.


time to mourn ,and a time to dance; a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep,and a time to throw away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate,;a time for war,and a time for peace. (Holy Bible, 1989, pp. 1050-1051) Born and die; love and hate ; war and peace ,everything being mentioned in the paragraph above perfectly fits the binary opposition system. Here comes the question:How do binary oppositions contribute to the formation of ideologies? �Film and television are media through which we see reinforced ideological constructions such as the value of romantic love, the norm of heterosexuality ,nationalism, or traditional concepts of good and evil. � (Sturken and Cartwright, 2001, p21) ...read more.


She wanted to lead her own life on her own terms and she changed everyone ' s life in the story.She refused to follow her master Jade Fox' s advice, Li Mubai and Yu Shulien's either. Jen kept on challenging them,stole the sword, ran away from her wedding, fought with others......Her endless power was in sharp contrast to the older generation. But ironically, as she slowly discovered that her kungfu was better than her master's, she found her life had become frightening to her because she no longer had any boundaries or any direction to follow in pursuing her life. This realization was also frightening. The world and universe were before her, but she had no sense of which direction she should follow or how she should proceed.From this that we can tell the relationship between older generation and young generation is full of extension. Crounching Tiger,Hidden Dragon helps us to learn more about binary oppositions.Both sides of them influence each other ,and then ,construct the ideologies.They are ways of organizing knowledges into positive and negative values.It is an entire system of knowing is encased within a two termed framework. ...read more.

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