Alienation; the Power of One and Othello

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In today’s society, modern alienation means historical discontinuity, loss, and despair, with rejection not only historically, but also socially from one’s society without previous attachments. Reasons for this might be because of a person’s appearance, nationality, or religion. An example of this is shown The Power Of one when PK suffers as the only English boy in an Afrikaans school, getting bullied daily. The Power of One sticks to the idea of experiencing alienation from the view of a boy who is growing up in a system of classes and injustice and who fails to belong to any of these classes. The Power of One relates the Othello through the disadvantages Geel Piet (PK’s friend he meets while visiting a friend of his grandfather in prison) faces being a different race and skin colour to the prison guards, this is also seen in Othello when everyone looks down upon Othello for being one of a different nation and skin colour, this is a major disadvantage for Othello and Geel Piet resulting in alienation through self division. The text represents aspects of alienation through understatement and mood seen when PK turns out to be not who everyone thought he was, but a passionate young boy with high hopes of changing the world. Another example of alienation in The Power of One is seen when at PK’s school when he is bullied simply because he is the only English boy attending an Afrikaan school. This is shown in the scene when Jannie (bully) ties PK upside down by his feet to the roof and slingshots rocks at him while the rest of school watches on and laughs. The techniques used here are Mid-shot and body language shown when Jannie stands over PK trying to make PK intimidated and scared of him, this doesn’t work on PK but instead makes PK want to find smarter ways of humiliating Jannie. Alienation can also be seen in The Power of One when all the prisoners come together as one and sing in their own language (that is prohibited) at a special...
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