Hero Analysis

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The film “Hero” by Zhang Yimou was released in China on 24 October 2002 then later on released in American theatres on 27 August 2004. The film’s setting was set in Qin Dynasty when the first empire was established in China. In the scene that I have chosen Broken Sword had already fought with Flying Snow and he has sacrificed life to prove that in his heart Flying Snow is just as important as the world Broken sword was trying to protect. With the symbolism of white, use of sound, and technical camera work we can interpret the deeper meaning about duty, honour, and love.

Zhang Yimou uses the four colours, red, green, blue and white, to tie in four different segments of the story, each of them emphasizing the difference between each segment between the stories. In the romantic shot where Flying Snow was hugging Broken Sword by the cliff they were shown to have finally reconciled like lovers, though throughout the entire film Flying Snow and Broken Sword represented as two opposing views on the reigning of the King of Qin, Broken Sword believed he could end the warand bring peace to the empire while Flying Snow wanted to avenge him. So in this particular scene it was not only a reconciliation between lovers but a unification between two opposing views. The use of white in the film represents a neutralistic world implying that there should no longer be a fear for war because all the is left is peace. The white also represent the draws attention to the death of the main two character as white is used as a funeral colour in Ancient China. Contrasting to the colour of desert their costume which is all white seemed to imply unification to express the wish for unification between the six states and the empire living in peace. After the close up shot of the death of the two main characters, the camera pans out in an elevated angle giving us a full view on the background desert view, as the camera expands further away from the couple giving the audience a feeling that their even though they have sacrificed their life in the end instead an anticipation to the viewers knowing that they have unified the empires and there is more to come after their sacrifice.

Additionally, language and music plays an important role in the scene. The music which sounds serene and tranquil contrasts to the chaotic emotions Flying Snow had been experiencing as she pierced the sword through Broken Sword, it really creates an oppressive emotion in the viewer. Flying Snow’s loud cry accentuated the emptiness and hollowness of the desert as if implying that her heart was just as hollow as the off-screen space. “I’ll take you home. To our home” implies the final unification between two opposing characters.

The film “Hero” is not the same as any of the other martial art films made in China which are mostly about endless wars and fights with the main protagonist winning in the end, while in “Hero” the main theme is compassion towards the people who live in the empire and their sacrifices for peace. The film illustrates how cruel life of individuals who want unification, and that the sacrifices they made is nothing compared to the importance of the empire.

My Propaganda Poster

The poster shows the participation of a presidential election for animal charities, the intended audience is the people who have intentions of donating towards animal specifically dog charity shelters. This poster would be something daily citizen will see on their social media, since this poster’s purpose is to convince the viewers to do something for the community and that they can really make a change in the lives of homeless animals. 

The use of plain or common folks within the poster is to show the viewers that this is something that can fit into their daily lives giving a stronger sense of community and connection between the viewers and the poster. Also by using plain folks the viewers are more likely to understand and empathize with the poster, since humans are social animals by nature by adding more common citizens within the poster the viewers are more encourage to join into a group to “fit in” more with the society.  

“We are all deserving of a warm home” was also the use of propaganda to stir the feeling of empathy from the viewer towards the poster. “We” is a very inclusive word automatically stating that the viewer of the poster is apart of the group or community that is within the poster, while the word “deserving” is the word that is used to stir up emotions within this phrase, by using “deserving” instead of “needing” makes the poster indicate that a warm home is obtained through hard work and sacrifices. “A warm home” is an imagery everyone has, everyone has a different imagery of what a warm home is like, the viewers are forced to connect with the poster by either thinking back to their warm household or making up an imagery of what a warm home is like within their head therefore bring more empathy towards the poster. 

Appealing to guilt was also a technique I used in the poster, at the bottom of the poster where there were several images of small timid animals which were hurt and scared is a technique used to convince the viewers how much of an importance they are and how they could change the lives of weak and feeble animals. Also by contrasting the disheartening image of the animals we use bright colours and the small dog in the centre to encourage the viewers to think on the brighter side, the words “recently adopted” is to show that there is change being made within the community.  

Propaganda Poster Reflection

 During the presentation it was shown in every poster that the citizens belong to the community and that every shared the same goal which is to modernize China. Several details of each poster hinted that the citizens should make sacrifices for the better of the nation and that their suffering will come to an end and a comfortable and prosperous life is waiting for them at the end of the road, the Chinese are shown a bright future as long as hey comply to the government. As long as they stand as an ally to China they are shown as honourable and prideful character in the poster, but once they stand as enemies towards the Chinese they are shown as characters who are no better than beasts. 

IB Lang & Lit Porfolio

Goals – I hope to keep organized throughout the entire IB 2 years, I want to sort out clearly what I know and what I need to know more about the subject to improve in a steady pace so I would be ready for the May of 2023, this goal not only applies to IB English Language and Literature but to every single subject that I will be taking for the next two years.

Analyze – I make sure to avoid as much procrastination as I can throughout the upcoming years. I hope to complete all of my homework on time completed and done to the best of my ability to suck as much knowledge from the homework as I can in the process. I  intend to take up a lot of time on my own to improve on the weaknesses that I currently know  and using a variety of way such as reading and doing SAT practice tests

Connect – Ironically I believe that English is my weakest subject, I have much to learn on how to write formally with fluent grammar and my vocabulary is very limited. So I hope that during these two year of IB English Language and Literature I am able to analyze and understand all the upcoming reading and writings.

Self-Assessment – I believe even though my goal doesn’t sound like a very difficult goal, it seems like a quite distance goal to me since I tend to believe that I’m overly lacking in every area which makes it very hard for myself to actually understand what I know and what I don’t know which causes it to be very hard for me to improve within a short amount of time. I also have a habit of rushing because I constantly feel as if I’m really behind which causes the quality of my work to be quite flawed.

Reflect – Even though I quite enjoy reading I tend to read in a different language then English since my mother tongue isn’t English, apart from not reading in English my communication between my friends and family we mostly speak in Chinese so my foundation for English isn’t strong but instead very lacking, and by compiling more information on top of a not so strong foundation has made English a difficult course for me.

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