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Hero scene analysis

Zhang Yimou’s “Hero” (2002) takes place in ancient China when the Qin Empire conquer the six kingdoms. Nameless, an assassin determined to kill the king for peace, does not attack him and instead let the king live.

This ending scene from 1:39:19 to 1:42:31 is about the king deciding whether to save Nameless or establish authority and strive for a greater good by killing him but mainly shows why Nameless’s act was heroic and why the king had no choice but to kill him.

Nameless, after sparing the king’s life, walks away towards the gate and, without any emotion, stares at the palace and the soldiers who are waiting for the king’s order to kill him. Here, the use of close-up shots allows the audience to carefully look at Nameless’s emotionless but determined face. Nameless’s facial expression illustrates that he has already made up his mind of sacrificing himself for strengthening the authority of the king and letting him unify China, leading to peace in the rest of the world. And when the king ordered the soldiers to kill Nameless, he did not deflect the arrows. This scene, therefore, shows how nameless is accepting that he was wrong and acknowledging that to seek the good of all China, he must sacrifice himself rather than seeking his own personal revenge. In other words, he was able to gain full control of himself, understanding that him maintaining peace first, will stop violence and let that peace be spread to future generations, being a true hero, treating death and life in an emotionless manner.

Here, in this scene, the king is hesitating whether to kill Nameless or not. Zhang Yimou uses a close-up shot again, showing the king’s hesitant face. The king is in the conflict between saving Nameless for not killing him or rather killing him publicly, to establish authority and facilitate his unification of China. The advisers at the side are sort of ordering the king to kill Nameless, bringing up tension, along with the thousands of soldiers waiting for the king’s order. The scene switches from the close-up shot and the wide shot, where the king is standing in front of the calligraphy ‘sword’ with the advisers beside him. The calligraphy symbolizes not only that a warrior should lay down his sword, but that violence and sacrifices are just a means to strive for ultimate peace. And with the color black, which gives a majestic view of the emperor, shows that the king is determined to make some sacrifices over lasting peace.

Lastly, right before Nameless was killed, camera angles show what each character is feeling. Nameless, shot at a high angle with an extremely wide shot, is barely seen, showing how vulnerable and weak he is. And with Nameless’s perspective view, thesoldiers, king, and advisors are shot at a low angle, which makes them look big and powerful.

Create your own propaganda poster

 

This poster is about don’t eat school lunch and bring home lunch. The words on the top and bottom are written in big and clear fonts, and directly show the goal of the propaganda. Also, here I used the words such as all and together, to give a sense of belonging and to unite and support the people who think the same, showing them that they are not alone. Furthermore, the line at the bottom has a green background. This is because that line is the purpose of the poster itself, which right away catches the audience’s attention, making them easily find out the goal of the poster. Next, in the center, I am holding a lunch box and smashing the Sodexo logo. The Sodexo logo which is our school lunch company’s logo symbolizes our school lunch and the yellow lunch box symbolizes home lunch. And me using the lunch box to break the logo shows that the time for school lunch is over as home lunch takes over. And then me looking over the horizon, looking determined, and light shining behind me is used to persuade people to follow me, as these factors make me have authority, which tends to make the audiences to more likely listen to the messages. Moreover, the light shining from the back from me, and the lunch box show that there’s a bright future if you follow me. And the warm color, yellow, associates with the sun, which represents happiness and positivity, adding a positive mood to the overall poster. Next, the crowd that is surrounding me, who are my followers, carries signs saying how school lunch is bad. And this will affect the readers to feel that this idea must be true as everyone seems to believe in it, making them believe in my idea too.

 

Learner portfolio and goal setting

My goal is to improve my writing and reading skills.

Strength: being focused, listen well.

Weaknesses: slow reader, lack confidence when presenting, not good with grammar when writing, limited vocabulary,

Opportunities: academic clubs, feedbacks

Threats: lots of workloads scare me

Welcome to Your New Blog!

When you blog you create posts and posts are categorised according to your subject. Some categories have already been set up for you. If you need more categories you can add them as needed. It’s important that your posts have the following:

  • An engaging title – this should not include the name of the subject since this is referenced in the category.
  • Body – this is where you share your learning. This can include text, images, embedded videos from Dragons’ Tube or elsewhere. You should always consider how your post looks to your audience. Is it engaging? Do they want to keep reading?
  • Category – select one that has been set for you or add a new category. Posts can have more than one category e.g. Humanities and Myself as a Learner

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