Thursday, October 19, 2006

Relationship to teh city and relationsips in the city

“What’s the only thing that’s worth living for?” said Mad Max to Wesley. “Tttttrrrrruuuuuueeeee loooovvvveee,” Wesley moaned through the air that was being pushed out of his lungs. Robin Williams faces hell, the epitome of all that is bad, to reunite with his wife. “The Princess Bride” and “What Dreams May Come” are just two examples of story lines where family, those relationships, are fought for. In literature, film, theatre, and other mediums of art, the idea of seeking family, of going after that thing that is such a part of you is a major theme that has been developed. It seems throughout all of these forms of art, family is something that is worth fighting for, that is worth risking your life for.In Black Rainbow, the theme of family is constantly arising. It is because of his family that he originally begins this mission. And through it constant references are being made to families, either his or others. “’Don’t forget his family…That’s why we’re risking our necks,” (152). The presence of the brother and sister through his journey is another example of this bond between family members. But why is this bond important? Why is Wendt making such a specific point about this?Because these relationships, these bonds that we form, either with family because of blood or because of tttttrrrrruuuueeee llllloooovvveeee, they are what make up the city. The alcoholic would not be able to be saved from his illness if he did not have someone there to be by his side. The woman would not learn to speak English if she did not form a bond with the people that surround her in her ESL class. The man could not be served his food without the volunteers that run the soup kitchen. What would the novel, Krik? Krak! be if it weren’t for relationships. Most basically the title would just be Krik?. These stories, these lives depend on relationships with others. Why would Obi do the things he did if he had not established relationships with those surrounding him that encouraged him to commit these bribing acts? And finally Calvino, with his city of relationships, where each person is connected to each person they have a relationship with by an actual piece of string, and when they all leave the city, all that is left is their connections. This thought is almost perfectly copied in Black Rainbow. “Though the Tribunal has banned history, we are what we remember, the precious rope stretching across the abyss of all that we have forgotten,” (178). Relationships are what make cities. Relationships are what make life worth living. Relationships are worth fighting for. And it is through this free citizen’s fight and constant search for his family, that this point is truly proven.