Social Lense: Turf war (The Originals v. Anil's Ghost) 0:54-1:43 There are many similarities to what is happening in this clip of Originals and what is happening in a Anil's Ghost. It is quite like modernization of what is going on in the book. In the scene Cami and Vincent are trying to find out who is behind the murders in New Orleans. It is very similar to how Anil and Sarath are trying to figure out who is behind the murders in Sri Lanka. Cami and Anil are both forensics Pathologist. Both pairs end up figuring out that there's a pattern and the person/people are trying to send a message. It turns out that both the killings are related to a turf war of some sorts. In Sri Lanka its against the north, south, east, and west. In the Originals it's against the sire lines of Klaus, Elijah, and Rebekah. Each sire line wants more power, and to wipe out the other sire line (sire lines are different groups of vampires with different originators, in this case Klaus, Elijah, and Rebekah). In the clip you can see a man hanging from strings like a puppet, with his mouth slit. That is not just your average killing; that is a declaration of war. In the book a man is killed in a very similar way, but instead of hung up in an alley, he is hung up on a train. In both situations law has been thrown out of the window. In the clip you can see how Cami and Vincent are convinced they can't go to the police, because, how are men with a badge even going to stand a chance against vampires? The same goes for Anil and Sarath, even when they do figure out who is behind the killings, what do they do next?
Social Lense: Social Inequality in Sri Lanka In the previous annotation (New Shoes), I described that there has been multiple political killings in Sri Lanka. The people who are constructing these murder wish to move up in political ranks, but along with that want to move up in social status. It is really hard to even try to guess who is behind these murders, because it is human nature to want to have power and to be wealthy. Anil suspects it could be a number of groups such as the people in north Sri Lanka or the west. In the book you can see the effects of social inequality discussed in the video. Even though Sri Lanka's classes are distinct, like upper, middle, and lower, there are still those people who are less wealthy or less known who wish to reign over the region. Since there is social inequality in Sri Lanka, it causes certain groups to be socially excluded. Take a high school for example, even though we like to believe that Mean Girls and High School Musical put an end to cliques and stereotypes, they are still very prominent. Say the people in the east of Sri Lanka are the jocks, and north Sri Lanka are the emo kids, west are the cheerleaders, and the wallflowers are in the south. Socially excluded: The north and south feel socially excluded and are prime suspect for the political killings. Segregated Neighborhoods: They all are from different parts of the land and even though some parts are more wealthy than other people naturally would want more. Politically Disempowered: Of course the north and the south feel politically disempowered, being the outcast with very little land and money. And since the issue has festered after all this time it has lead to the criminal acts and the loss of loved ones. Then there are the people in Sri Lanka who just wish that this was like High School Musical where the jock can sing and date the nerdy girl and in the end everyone is okay with it. Because they are tired of living in constant fear and losing their loved ones.
Social lense: America v. Sri Lanka The book I have chosen is Anil's Ghost by Michael Ondaatje. While reading this book I realized that the country in the book is very different from America. People in America are much more fortunate than we realize. We get worked up over things such as new shoes, when people on the other side of the world walk around on their bare feet. Now, Sri Lanka is very much less fortunate than us, and the people there do everything traditionally. They walk everywhere, they have markets instead of grocery stores, and it's the type of place that you actually know your neighbor. In the book Anil, the main character, has came back to Sri Lanka to help them in an investigation, because she is a forensics pathologist. There are political murders happening across the land. By political murders I mean people killing people, in order to go up in political ranks. In the book the people of Sri Lanka are scared and don't know what to do, and they are somewhat going through the phases of new shoes. Heck yeah: This person came into my life and I love them, and I would do anything for them. The First Scar: The first scar is more like the death of someone you love, the person w you would do anything for got stepped on like they were nothing. Mild Depression: For the people of Sri Lanka there is no such thing as mild depression, losing someone is much more that mild. You can still see those shoes, wear those shoes, and you still have the memory of when those shoes were brand new. But the difference is, all the people that have lost their loved ones only have a memory. They hug them, like you can still wear your shoes, they can't see them like you see your shoes when you open the closet. Acceptance: Now the people in Sri Lanka are scared, sad, depressed, and far from the this final step. The people are now resorting to suicide, because they see there is no better way out.