Making Connections

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During life we may experience different forms of love; I have chosen to explore the theme of representations of difficult love. This theme is shown in the novels Noughts and crosses by Malorie Blackman. Before I die by Jenny Downham. Dreaming of Amelia by Jaclyn Moriarty and the film Romeo and Juliet originally written by William Shakespeare. I chose these texts and film as they all have strong different ideas of my main theme. “You're a Nought and I'm a Cross and there's nowhere for us to be, nowhere for us to go where we'd be left in peace...That's why I started crying. That's why I couldn't stop. For all the things we might've had and all the things we're never going to have.”- Sephy, Noughts and crosses. The idea of difficult love in this text is shown through characters Callum and Sephy, childhood lovers who are faced with challenges such as a strong sense racial discrimination and segregation because of their different skin colour. The book creates an alternate universe were crosses (blacks) supreme over the inferior race of the noughts (white). Both Callum and Sephys families find their love inappropriate and socially unacceptable, Callum being accepted to Sephys almost all cross school creates immense tension and strain on their friendship and love as Sephy is faced with the difficult decision of risking her popularity and status for Callum. Throughout the book many unfortunate events occur and ultimately conclude in a tragic decision of the death of Callum or the death of their unborn child due to her father Kamal Hadley. “You must choose sephy, that child or the man you seem to love”-Kamal Much like the film adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, this also ends in tragedy, with a huge influence on the lovers in the characters families, similar to noughts and crosses. "Two households, both alike in dignity... From forth the fatal loins of these two star-crossed lovers take their life."-narrator at start of film....
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