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While watching Melancholia I began to feel dizzy from all of the camera shifting and face close-ups, it was awkward. The music was the same throughout the whole film. I find that whenever the music plays, it is symbolizing the Melancholia of different situations. Towards the end of the film it seemed as though when the music played it was during the rejection of the reality that the planet was going to hit. The rejection of the Melancholy state that Justine had lived in for her whole life, which is why she was content with the end of Earth into nothing. Specifically, when Claire realizes the planet is going to hit she tries to “escape” on the golf cart and the music starts playing. I am thinking that Earth symbolizes reality (Logic) and Melancholia symbolizes depression (illusion). Justine’s idea of reality is perceived as an illusion. Justine actually had the correct perception of reality while everyone else was living in denial.
This film seems to suggest that Melancholia is not only a state of depression, but also a planet. Symbolically the planet represents depression… (I think) Anyways in the first half of the film entitled Justine, we learned that she shows up late to her own reception, while everyone begs her to be happy. She pretends but ultimately cannot shake her Melancholy feelings that consume her life. It is not until the second half of the film that I thought Justine was psychic. She was able to “see things” that others could not. For example when she tells her sister how many beads were in the bottle that no one guessed. In addition, when Claire lies about where John is the look on Justine’s face suggests that she knows the truth. I think Justine’s depression consumed her for the simple fact that she was able to see what was actually going to happen. She knew that this planet was going to collide with Earth all along, I think she may have felt that she should not endure the stress in her life nonetheless add to it by being married, which caused her to end her marriage on the night of her reception. Claire played an interesting role throughout the film as well. It seems as though the sisters had no relationship with each of their parents, and Claire takes on the mother role. She cares for Justine the same way a mother would her daughter. The relationship between Justine and her sister is most interesting to me. They fight like sisters, except Claire has to be the bigger person at all times and keep Justine in check. At the end of the film, the roles seem to reverse and Justine is now comforting Claire.

Playing around with ideas…
The idea of the planet crashing into Earth symbolizes what happens when depression takes over your life. Melancholia symbolizes depression and is referenced to as the planet that hides behind the sun, or darkness, when you have depression you are in the dark. John takes his life and leaves his wife and child to die without him. John is optimistic at first and calms everyone down, it seems as though Justine knows this all along and instead of ruining everyone’s ideas she keeps her comments to herself,, knowing that eventually the truth will be revealed and in the meantime she can just prepare herself.


While reading this text I could not help but think at some points if I was sold or still unsure about different things presented to me. I think personally for me as a reader I was somewhat isolated at first due to all of the Spanish embedded within the text. I have not taken Spanish in a long time so it took time and broke my “flow” to use a translator to get a better understanding of the dialogue. I think there are different ways to consider the aspects of the text when deciding what to believe. Primarily the idea of the Fuku, which is revisited throughout the whole text. I think that each culture has their own “Fuku” that they believe in. While reading the text I got the feeling that this was a sort of superstition, present within their culture. It seems as though the author (Yunior) is going to sell us on this idea by providing us with examples dated back to great grandparents showing the readers that this curse is real and ruined a family.
Second, there is the actual accounts that are given to prove this curse to be true. I guess that pertains to the readers themselves. How superstitious are you? Is the story somewhat believable? I can only speak for myself, so in regards to learning about the great grandparents I believe that the government controlled everyone and the people feared what could come from the government. I believe in the idea that Abelard was taken from his family and it was all a misunderstanding however, he was never given the chance to clear his name. The foreign government is no joke. I also think the believable comes from how the author portrays the real. Is it something we can believe? Could it be true? Alternatively, is it completely impossible? Wood I am revisiting you again. It is believable that family members were killed and a girl was orphaned, however it is the individual stories of each family member that require the reader to make the decision of whether or not to decide if the raw truth is unbelievable but true, or if it is just not possible. Again I think it goes back to whole idea of this curse and whether or not you believe in such things.

Random thoughts…..

I am still questioning the authenticity of the story in which one of the sisters died from a bullet in her head while she was praying, it seems a little bit ironic. As well as the one sister who died from suicide in a pool, that was only two feet deep. I think that Oscar had it hard for most of his life being an outcast and would embed his fantasy world into the actual reality but imagining himself as one of the heroes from his video games saving the recent girl he had fallen in love with. I am unsure if I like Yunior or not. As much as he used Oscar to get to Lola and because he was not going to have a place to live it seemed as though he ended up caring for him as a true friend. I think also that possibly the idea of the Fuku was a way to shift the blame from himself on something else, for the reason why he was fat and “got no girls”. Instead of trying to fix the problem, it was easier to assume that his family was cursed and there was no possibly way of overcoming this. The ending of the book is where I really question realism. Oscar has died and the author then tells everyone that he did lose his virginity. I feel like that should have been a major part of the book since it was brought up in almost every chapter. It deserved a little more than a mention and a quick story. In addition, it was mentioned after the author reveals to the reader he died, as a reassurance that he did not die a virgin. Kind of fishy I do not know. It also seems like Lola and her mother had a lot more in common than her mother would like to admit.

This quote by Sherlock has been recited throughout the series. Suggesting, Watson sees different things but does not pay attention to detail. Detail is key. I think that in the third episode of the second season this quote applied to the “observers”(audience) of the episode. The episode starts the traditional ideal of a serial by Watson saying his best friend Sherlock Holmes is dead. The audience may think that this is a traditional literary element called Foreshadowing. However in Sherlock Holmes nothing is foreshadowed the unexpected becomes the expected. As the episode unfolds, Moriarty is planning a major destruction of Sherlock Holmes in every aspect imaginable. The audience questions the reality of the scenes because we are given two different aspects to choose from specifically, Moriarty as a villain, Sherlock as the hero, and Moriarty as the victim and Sherlock as the villain. Moriarty starts portraying himself as the victim and even writing on the case “Call Sherlock”, it seems as this was sort of mocking in the sense that no one else will be able to figure this out but Sherlock, he has the answers for everything. When Sherlock gets involved, he ends up securing Moriarty’s idea that what he is capable of has no limits. Moriarty then starts to portray Sherlock as the victim by exposing him to the children that were kidnapped and having the child scream when she saw him. Symbolizing that his face had caused some sort of trauma. Moriarty plays this game through the episode by never giving up his title of villain; he just uses it to his advantage, manipulating the thinking and actions of others. Sherlock encounters two people who are killed right in front of him suggesting that he could be next at any time. Moriarty then shifts to the idea that he is the victim and Sherlock made this all up. Sherlock created Moriarty in his head. When Moriarty tells them that Sherlock made it up he plays the victim role well appearing to be offended and upset because who would do something like that. Sherlock begins to question himself we think throughout the episode or was it a ploy to never let Moriarty get as close to defeating Sherlock as he would like. At the end of the episode Watson, “sees” Sherlock jump off the building and kill himself after he “admits” to Watson that everything that was the reality was fake and the fake was the actual reality. Watson “sees” Sherlock kill himself in the middle of the street and is very distraught. At the end of the episode Watson again is distraught that Sherlock is “dead”. When Watson turns to leave we actually see Sherlock sitting observing Watson. Due to the gunmen Moriarty hired to kill Sherlock’s friends unless they saw him die, Sherlock stays in secret protecting the lives of his “family”. Does this perhaps show that Sherlock does care and show some sort of emotion in his own way? In addition, if Watson “saw” Sherlock die, but he is alive, does that mean the Morality actually died? Reality vs. Allusion is strong throughout this episode and really makes the audience question the reliability of characters and their stories… Sound familiar? Mr. Peanut and Use of Enchantment I am talking about you…

It was an interesting change from reading novels to getting to watch the first season of Sherlock Holmes. It seems as though not many people are fond of Mr. Holmes, however it appears that this is due to jealousy. Sherlock’s mind is a fascinating tool throughout the whole season. He is able to piece together the puzzle faster than a bolt of lightning. Sherlock is obsessed with always being on track and being correct. Everyone follows the lead of Sherlock. In episode one towards the very end, instead of calling the police to arrest the cab driver, Sherlock took a ride with him because he was fascinated by the whole process, this cab driver took to kill his victims. When the cab driver reveals his game to Sherlock and asks him to choose the correct pill, that did not contain poison, Sherlock’s abilities were put to the test. His ability to put himself in the victim’s shoes is uncanny. However, this time he finds himself debating whether to bet his life to prove that he is a master at what he does. Towards the end when Sherlock is slowly putting the pill towards his mouth, I think that he would actually have taken it. Sherlock lives for this stuff and he would risk his life to prove that he is the best at what he does. As he tells Watson, the police would not consult an amateur and he is far from that. When Watson shoots the cab driver, Sherlock is still obsessed with knowing whether he made the right choice. Choices are everything to Sherlock and he makes them constantly throughout the season. He has a real intuition for these types of crimes.
Another thing that I find interesting is the situation with Watson. When he comes back from war, he uses a cane and seems to be depressed. However, Sherlock’s brother brings him aware of the fact that he does not loath the war he misses it. Watson sprints following Sherlock to catch a cab driver leaving his cane behind. From then on out, he ditches the cane. Dr. Watson and Sherlock become quite the team. However, I never really understand why Sherlock does not do his job for money, since it seems like there is no other options for him. He enjoys this profession way to much even if he must do it for no money. Sherlock Holmes has yet to fail when piecing the puzzle together.