The Country of the Blind

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Major themes

H. G. Wells addresses the following themes in “The Country of the Blind”:

* An isolated community will generally overcome any disability like blindness after a few generations.
* Having adapted to cope with such disabilities, an isolated community will believe that its modified behaviour is normal.
* An isolated community will tend to be closed-minded and xenophobic, and will persecute and (if necessary) maim anyone who is different and/or non-conformist.
* The maxim, “In the Country of the Blind the One-Eyed Man is King”, from Desiderius Erasmus, is not necessarily always true.
* The story may be seen as an allegory of society’s treatment of those with ability or intellect beyond the understanding of the many. The fear of the ‘barbarian’ or at least unenlightened masses is a recurrent theme in Wells’s writing.

— Wikipedia on The Country of the Blind

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2011.03.11 Friday ACHK

Inception 10

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The film cuts to the end credits from a shot of the top wobbling ambiguously, inviting speculation about whether the final sequence was reality or another dream. Nolan confirmed that the ambiguity was deliberate, saying “I’ve been asked the question more times than I’ve ever been asked any other question about any other film I’ve made… What’s funny to me is that people really do expect me to answer it.” The film’s script concludes with “Behind him, on the table, the spinning top is STILL SPINNING. And we — FADE OUT”

However, Christopher Nolan also said, “I put that cut there at the end, imposing an ambiguity from outside the film. That always felt the right ending to me — it always felt like the appropriate ‘kick’ to me… The real point of the scene — and this is what I tell people — is that Cobb isn’t looking at the top. He’s looking at his kids. He’s left it behind. That’s the emotional significance of the thing.”

— Wikipedia on Inception (film)

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2011.01.13 Thursday ACHK