In the light of the above statement, compare the general vision and viewpoint in at least two texts you have studied in your comparative course. Throughout my study of Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, Sive by John B. Keane and Casablanca directed by Michael Curtiz, there was no doubt that each text presented me with an outlook on life which shaped my general vision and view point to either one of positivity or in many cases, negativity.
In all three texts which I have studied, the author’s use of intriguing characters, vital key moments and the all important resolution to the three texts, all contributed to my outlook on life, either bright or dark and as result, shaping my GVV to its appropriate outlook. The author’s creation of characters in all three texts successfully presented me with an outlook on life, which depending on each individual character gave me a bright or dark outlook on life which shaped my general vision and viewpoint.
Curtiz, who portrays Rick as a rather cynical owner of a cafe, Victor Laszlo as a clear embodiment of that of a noble hero and Ilsa as a loyal wife led me to make close comparisons of both Keanes and Bronte’s characters. Heathcliff who defies being misunderstood, Edgar who is mannerly and graceful and Catherine who thrives on ambition further led me to make comparisons with Mike; a man of questioning beliefs, Liam; a boy caught up in love and finally Sive, who just like Ilsa and Catherine, finds herself as a part of a somewhat ‘love triangle’.
The portrayal of Rick, Heathcliff and Mike all led me to make close comparisons, as all three characters similarly gave me an outlook on life that was no doubt a combination of both brightness and darkness, and hence giving me a GVV that often shifted between a negative one and that of a positive one. All three men are characters which I certainly formed a love/hate relationship with. Heathcliff, who very much like Rick, plays a rather dominant role and it is clear to me of the male orientated power which both characters posses.
However, I felt these two characters were in contrast to Mike from Sive, as I personally felt that Mike was often over ruled by a female character. In the case of Wuthering Height and Casablanca, the dominancy of a male figure gave me quite a dark outlook on life and led me to form a negative GVV. This differs to my bright outlook on life in Sive as I formed a slightly positive GVV due to the fact that though females were not completely equal, they had the potential to overrule male which led me to have a positive GVV.
All three authors; Bronte, Curtiz and Keane, continued to present to me a bright outlook on life as their creation of characters gave me a positive GVV. The unique characters of Victor Laszlo, Edgar Linton and Liam Scuab who were all similarly deeply in love and no doubt are embodiments of Heros, presented to me characters who were noble, trustworthy and humane, no doubt gave me a bright outlook on life and a positive GVV. All three characters are portrayed as all round good, wholesome individuals.
“I have such faith in Linton’s love that I believe I might kill him and he wouldn’t wish to retaliate”, is how Catherine speaks of Linton and similarly in Casablanca Rick acknowledges the love between Ilsa and Victor as he says “Inside of us, we both know you belong with Victor. You’re part of his work, the thing that keeps him going”. My bright outlook continued as just like Casablanca and Wuthering Heights, Liam’s love gave me a positive and optimistic GVV; “I loved you then Sive, I love you now”.
However, I felt when it came to all three female lead roles; I had a combination of both a bright and dark outlook on life. I found that the fact that Ilsa, and similarly Catherine, were both married, yet were caught up in an intense love triangle, no doubt captivated me, but still gave me a dark outlook on life and consequently a negative GVV. I similarly had a dark outlook on life in Sive, and though Sive was not married, she still found herself in a love triangle and again, gave me a negative GVV and a dark outlook on life.
However, in contrast to that, all three women fluctuated my GVV, as I felt their strong representation of the role of women, gave me a positive GVV. All three women stood for what they believed in and as a result gave me a bright outlook on life. The vital key moments created by all three authors throughout each text most definitely presented to me different outlooks on life which in all three texts fluctuated between a bright and a dark outlook. A key moment created in Wuthering Heights which captivated was the time in which Heathcliff returned to the Heights after some time of absence in Chapter ten.
His moment of reunion with Catherine reminded me of Rick and Ilsa first encounter after their time spent in Paris in sequence 4. Rick is still very much in love with Ilsa and the way he looks after she walks away speaks volumes. It was clear to me here of the positive GVV in which I formed as I most definitely had a bright outlook on life as I was happy to see the reunion of love in both texts. These two key moments are undoubtedly similar as both are happy to see each other. However, Catherine is less composed and subtle about Heathcliffs return in comparison to Ilsa.
The situation shared between both Victor from Casablanca and Edgar from Wuthering heights is also similar as both begin to fade into the background. This slightly changed my outlook on life and as a result I had a combination of brightness and darkness, as I became unsure of my general vision and viewpoint in this key moment. The key moment from these two texts were in complete contrast to Sive, as I never felt Liam and Sive were never given the opportunity to reunite like Heathcliff and Catherine, and similarly Rick and Ilsa.
This gave me a dark outlook on life and shaped my GVV to one of negativity. Key moments continued to present to me outlooks on life of both bright and dark as I felt the final reunion of all three couples were in complete contrast to one another. The final meeting of Heathcliff and Catherine was one pure of passion, drama and regret and surprisingly gave me a bright outlook on life as I felt the passion shared between the two gave me a positive GVV as Heathcliff assures Catherine that he will not leave her side; “Hush, my darling!
Hush, hush, Catherine! I’ll stay. If he shot me so, I’d expire with a blessing on my lips”. This differed to the final meeting in Casablanca of Rick and Ilsa in sequence twelve as their goodbye was rather mature and forgiving, “We both know you belong with Victor”. Rick let Ilsa go, knowing it was the right thing to do, whereas Heathcliff was reluctant and didn’t want to let Catherine to go. The maturity of Rick no doubt gave me a bright outlook on life and hence led me to form a positive GVV.
I felt though both Casablanca and Wuthering Heights were in Contrast to Sive, as there was no opportunity given to Liam to say a final goodbye to Sive due to her tragic death. However, Liam’s portrayal and behaviour, much like Ricks, made me feel positive towards him; “Liam begins to dry Sive’s hair with her cloth, lovingly and with care”. His genuine love for Sive was evident and brought upon a positive view and just like the other two texts, a bright outlook on life. It was the obstacles created in all three texts which primarily gave me a dark outlook on life and obviously a negative GVV.
The presence of the third party in all three comparative studies added constant drama, and though it did keep me intrigued, I still felt extremely negative. Rick, Ilsa and Victor and Heathcliff, Catherine and Linton were all similar to Liam, Sive and Sean Dota, as here we can see the love triangles being formed. Social obstacles also presented to me a dark outlook on life and led me to have a negative GVV as the war tore Victor and Ilsa apart; similar to social status which came between Catherine and Heathcliff and in Sive, Mena’s desire for money no doubt deprived Liam and Sive of their true love.
Finally, the all important resolution of all three texts came to present to me bright outlook on life in Casablanca and similarly in Wuthering Heights, but that differed in Sive where I was presented with a dark outlook on life. In Wuthering Heights and likewise in Casablanca I formed a bright outlook on life as I felt positive to se see that Hareton and Cathy truly loved each other, and that Ilsa and Victor’s loved became very much resolved in the final sequence. My outlook continued to be rather bright as in both texts there was no longer obstacles in love and a sense of order similarly came upon both texts.
Casablanca and Wuthering Heights differed to Sive, where though I felt a certain sense of positivity towards Liams behaviour, the tense and shocked atmosphere; “Their faces are horrified”, made me feel instantly negative, unlike the other two texts as it was clear of Sives tragic death. As a result of Bronte’s, Curtiz’s and Keane’s intrigue and unique characters, key moments that caught my attention and the all important resolution of each text, I found that overall I was presented with an outlook on life which had a combination of brightness and darkness.