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Oral/Spaces and exchanges

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Oral/Spaces and exchanges
Message de ineedhelp posté le 28-06-2015 à 11:29:50 (S | E | F)
Salut ! Bonjour,
J'aimerais savoir si vous pouviez corriger ma présentation oral de Spaces and Exchanges, j'ai mon Bac mardi !
Merci d'avance !!!

The notion I'm going to deal with is Spaces and exchanges. Indeed, all societies are somehow defined by the geographical and symbolic spaces they occupy and the way they open up the spaces. Through trade, conquest, emigration and communication, nations have always influenced others beyond their borders. This is the case of the United-Kingdom which has left its mark on the territories of its colonial conquests but in return has its own society open to the world.
To what extent is the United-Kingdom a country open to the world ?
To answer this question we'll see four documents. The first one is Bend It like Beckham, a film from 2002 British comedy-drama film directed by Gurinder Chadha, then London today, a photograph taken by Gideon Hart in 2012, next Challenges, an extract from Two Lives written by Vikram Seth and to finish Pembe, an extract from the novel Honour written by Elif Shafak in 2012.
So, we'll see in the first time that's the United Kingdom is a country open to the world but then that there are limits to this opening.

First at all, the United-Kingdom is an open country which knows many flows, especially human and cultural flows.
Indeed, the multiculturalism, since the establishment of the Commonwealth in 1926, is really a part of the identity of the United-Kingdom because, for example, the immigration to the United-Kingdom is easy to a Commonwealth's member. So, there are many communities in the United-Kingdom, for example the great India's community. This is seen for example in the document Bend It like Beckham because this film shows a teen-aged Londoner, Jesminder Bhamra, native to India. This film focuses on cultural contrasts because Jesminder wants to play football whereas her mother wants her to learn how cook Punjabi food to attract a nice Punjabi husband. However, this film also highlights the personal success of immigrants because Jesminder overcomes all the obstacles to achieve her dream : to be a football player. So, this is prove that's the United-Kingdom is an open country which allowed to the strangers to achieve their dreams.
This image of opening is emphasized by the United-Kingdom, in global events for example. Indeed, professional photographers convey to the world an idealized image of a multiculturalism and a full United Kingdom for the world to see. For example Gideon Hart did series of color photographs to promote the Olympic Games. On one of them, which represents the London Marathon, there is a group of young racers who are running along the bank of the River Thames; but what catches our attention here is that some of these men are wearing the traditional uniform of Royal Guard which is quite surprising in this context. We understand that is actually a photomontage. The photographer wants to show that anybody can take part to the London Marathon. His goal could be to illustrate multiculturalism in the UK and that the Royal Guards are the allegory of the English people because It is a symbol common of the English.

However, there are limits to this opening.
Indeed, the integration of the immigrants is not always complete because United-Kingdom emits resistors. This is seen for example in Challenges, an autobiography extract from Two Lives by Vikram Seth. Indeed, the narrator is a native Indian and he has won a scholarship to study at a public school in England. However, he doesn't know the customs of the UK which are very strict, as in the meal's scene where he eats schrimps and scooped-out apples whereas he was not supposed to eat the apple . Moreover, the UK wishes to retain its cultural tradition. So he can't integrate Oxford school because he must have studied an European language. Being Indian he never learned other European languages than English. It nevertheless tries to relief but it is impossible because "no waiver would be granted". So, there is a form of resistance from the United-Kingdom to a full multiculturalism society.
But there are also resistances in immigrants' mentalities. Indeed, in the last document, Pembe, an extract from the novel Honour written by Elif Shafak in 2012, the two characters, Pembe and Elias, go to the cinema together because they enjoy watching films and spending time together but also because they can meet without being seen. Indeed, it said “they also met at several other cinemas, all far away from their homes, all unpopular”. We understood that they want to keep their relationship secret and also that they are not free to be together. In reality they live in London but they are of different origin : Pembe is Kurdish and Elias Turkish. Because of the rivalry between these two civilizations, the two protagonists have to hide their relationship.

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Modifié par lucile83 le 28-06-2015 12:10


Réponse: Oral/Spaces and exchanges de ineedhelp, postée le 28-06-2015 à 11:30:25 (S | E)
To sum up, the United-Kingdom is a real open and multiculturalism country but paradoxically, the country and the immigrants put themselves barriers to a full multiculturalism. So, one could wonder if a full multiculturalism is possible or if It is an utopia.

Je vous remercie par avance !!!




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