måndag, mars 14, 2005

[character] James Bond the Certain Insider, Jason Bourne the Trudging Outsider

James Bond and Jason Bourne seem like men cut from the same cloth, heroes adapted for the big screen from the same Cold War espionage genre novels, but they emerge very different characters, embodying contrary values systems.

James Bond is the consummate insider; he lives to serve "Queen and Country," he needs to protect the Powers that authorize him to kill and wreak havoc. Man in control, very safe with his emotions. "Shocking, very shocking." But nothing to let go there.

Jason Bourne, on the other hand, is very much an outsider; he's betrayed by those he served; he needs to question everything and everybody or he will not survive. He must also kill and wreak havoc, but now against the Powers that gave him target and objective. He's in turmoil almost always, man not in control, who needs to seek always. Bourne must find the hidden truth, the right answers. "What is Treadstone? Who is planning the missions now? What do you want with me?" I killed two people in Berlin? Very perplexing. Trudge and treachery, watching Marie die. Dilemmas and doubts in an agnostic universe. Are "they on to Neski?" Moral Genevas, conveying the uncertainties of our times.

Of the two, the latter appears to be more in tune with our times. A character study in self and authority.

My advice: Tear off the Bourne saga from its Robert Ludlum origins (in many ways already done), make it a long epic, a saga of many chapters. Get on the money train there.


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People of all ages are able to do this. Your own history is special because of your circumstances: your cultural, racial, religious or ethnic background. Your story is also part of human history, a part of the story of the dignity and worth of all human beings. By putting opinions and thoughts into words, you, too, can give voice to your inner self and strivings.

A long entry by Anne Frank on April 5, 1944, written after more than a year and a half of hiding from the Nazis, describes the range of emotions 14-year-old Anne is experiencing:

". . . but the moment I was alone I knew I was going to cry my eyes out. I slid to the floor in my nightgown and began by saying my prayers, very fervently. Then I drew my knees to my chest, lay my head on my arms and cried, all huddled up on the bare floor. A loud sob brought me back down to earth, and I choked back my tears, since I didn't want anyone next door to hear me . . .

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