Global Village -Hsc

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“The Castle” tells the story of an Australian working class family the Kerrigan’s and their neighbourhood. It dramatises how the global village can be used as a means of colonisation and negatively attack the individual. The film uses satire as substantial technique to create layers of contextual meaning and the comparisons humorously exaggerates the negative impacts of globalisation on the individual. This in a way simplifies the concept of global village creating a light hearted approach which is used to attract the audience’s attention and understanding. The Kerrigan’s ‘castle’ would be seen by outsiders as an undesirable place to live, it is built on toxic landfill, below power lines and directly adjacent to the airport runway. Ironically despite Darryl Kerrigan’s rejection of globalisation, he sees these symbolic items of globalisation as positive attributes to his house and continually adds tacky renovations naively unaware that what he sees as a castle really lacks style and sophistication. “He reckons powerlines are a reminder of man's ability to generate electricity”.

Dramatic Irony is also used to represent other aspects of global village such as media and multiculturalism. The Kerrigan’s ignorant comments towards multiculturalism suggest irony when the ethnicity of their neighbour, Tracey’s husband Con and their solicitor are considered “What is it about you Wogs and cash?”. Satire is used to discuss the media when the son continuously refers to the trading post despite their lack of global values. Global village refers to the world being connected in a number of ways, resulting in the sharing of things like information, goods, values and attitudes; the media and technology have played a large part in the interconnection and have caused both positive and negative effects on the individual.

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Stereotyping is used throughout the film to exaggerate the Kerrigan’s locally influenced and negative views towards...
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