Tribalism Speech

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TRIBALISM SPEECH English 2012 by Lisa Tabone

Within tribalism there are many groups which represent the positive and negative aspects that exist in all cultures, places and groups which define the unifying and the destructive force which has been presented in many ways throughout the movie ‘Romeo & Juliet’ directed by Baz Luhrmann, picture book ‘The Rabbits’ written by John Marsden & Shaun tan, as well as the song ‘Run to the Hills’ by Iron Maiden. ‘Romeo & Juliet’ fits perfectly when introducing the unifying and destructive force of tribalism. In the beginning of the film it displays the Montague’s driving, they are wearing colourful Hawaiian t-shirts, at this point Sampson says ‘A dog of the house of Capulet moves me’ this demonstrates the “ancient grudge” of the two families, the Montague’s and Capulet’s. The pair of ‘star-crossed lovers’ Romeo and Juliet getting married represent the unifying force of tribalism within the two families. Before they get married Juliet speaks to herself saying ‘What's Montague? It is nor hand, nor foot, nor any other part belonging to a man. What’s in a name? If we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet’ this represents that the two families do not want to fight and are forced to hate each other. The death of the innocent is signified through the death of Mercutio. Mercutio was wearing white, this presents that he is an outsider and not on either side. Tybalt set out to fight Romeo and ended up killing Mercutio, this is the ‘innocent blood spilt’. When he was stabbed he yelled ‘A plague o' both your houses!’ this is a curse put on both families for the destruction the feuds have caused. ‘The Rabbits’ symbolises the invasion of the Aboriginal land by the British; it demonstrates how the rabbits (the British) united into extensive groups to wipe-out the numbats (the aboriginals). Throughout the book the illustrations have a big impact on your emotions and the way you understand the story. The...
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