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Project Part One: Artifact and Theme Selection Stembi Machoka HUM-200 Cultural Artifacts
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My artifacts of choice that I will compare and analyze are Black Swan and “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten. Black Swan , the first artifact, was released in December 2010, was produced by Scott Franklin, and directed by Darren Aronofsky. New York City at a ballet company is the setting. This is where Nina (Natalie Portman) knew dance was her obsession. This role required a dancer who could can portray both the Black Swan and opposing character of the White Swan, Nina could not pass up on such an opportunity. “Fight Song”, the second artifact, was released February 2015, it’ and has been reviewed as an empowering pop/rock song that was number one on the Adult Contemporary Pop Songs chart and airplay, as well as featured in Rachel Platten’s debut studio album Wildfire Intro is soft dynamics at a slow pace showcasing Platten posing as the analogy of a small boat out at sea sending huge waves into motion to a single match creating an explosion (Platten, 2015). Common Theme A common theme shared by the two artifacts is the notion of women standing up for themselves whenever challenges arise, which may appear to obscure one’s goals, they should never give up on their goals no matter what. Inspiration, motivation and persistence are some of the characteristics the producers/artists of these artifacts potray in their work combining passion and modern beauty ideals together. Rachel Platten shows this theme in different areas of her song, the dynamics of the instruments build up combined with her voice towards the end of each verse where the lyrics, “This is my fight song…” starts, is an example. A similar theme is also expressed in Black Swan , specifically when Nina is told she doesn’t meet the requirements to perform the role of both the Black and White Swan by
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her male dance director (Rafferty, 2010 ). Facing such a huge disappointment, she goes home and persistently practices the dance moves, pushing herself to never give up. Personal Experience. I can relate to this theme in many ways simply because I am a woman and mother who is faced with many different emotions identical to the two work places. The expressed theme in my opinion seems to be motivating and empowering considering how I grew up. Women were and still are expected to be submissive to their husbands and are presented an item of treasure that the woman’s father presents them to her future husband when it is time for her to be married. The groom is then required to “pay” dowry/lobola for his bride over the years Once married, the woman must submit to her husband not forgetting bearing and raising children. From a young age, being independent has always been my desire. Making my own money, wearing makeup and jewelry is something I always wanted and am finally able to do now that am older. As I have gotten older, I have learnt over the years, to stand up for myself,
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  • Winter '18
  • Darren Aronofsky, Natalie Portman, Rachel Platten

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