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Post-colonial Analysis of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Transcript of Post-colonial Analysis of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Post colonial analysis
Ominousness of the Title
The ominousness of the title
About the movie
Yellow man beating a huge gong.
- impending doom, the brown man
and the menacing background music.
Harbinger of impending evils
to be encountered.
About the Movie
Crash landing - deserted village of India
Retrieve a sacred stone - brings them good fortune
Kidnapping of the children
Why this movie?
problems of racist, orientalist imagery, reinforcing colonial notions of the “orient”
all aesthetic decisions and manifestations are intrinsically linked to ethical ramifications
Misrepresentation of India -
Depiction of Goddess Kali
Depiction of Indian cuisine
Contribution to racist stereotypes
Land of India
White man’s burden
Fantasies of the Western mind
Superior West/ Inferior East
Thuggee Cult of the Pankot Palace
White Man's Burden
Land of India
Music, Song and Dance
, and use of
White man’s intervention
the appalling generalization
Tangle of Dance
Sets, Lighting and Costumes
- white hair and robe.
First clipping of
- barren land, on fire, deserted, dry trees and grass,
presented as uncomprehensive
Name of the maharaja -
Dr. Indiana Jones
White man saviour
Proto-typical occident as the knight in shining armour
Stands for great adventurous spirit of the coloniser
Coloniser in all its positive senses
Devoid of the materialistic greed
- snakes, eyeballs and bugs - main course. monkey brains served in heads for dessert
Hidden doors and passages -
Mola Ram's dungeon
- Goddess Kali. Lava pits. Human sacrifice
Heart and Death -
Voodoo to harm the real person
- not post-colonial
The setting, frames and context - contribute
Menacing as a mimic man
'almost the same but not quite'
uncomfortable in the orient
Wishes to be an Indian princess
Unequal power dynamics
White man’s burden
Microcosm symbolising India
Colonisation of mind
Theories of Colonial Discourse
Internal/ Neo Colonialism
Decolonisation of mind
Well versed with -
1. Names of eminent British intellectuals
2. History of the nation
Full knowledge - the colonization of the mind
the western man helps native man - uncover mysteries of his own land.
relation is never equal
Prime Minister of Pankot
Lu-Haang and Dr. Jones
fore-runners of post-colonial discourse
English Speaking Natives
Influence of Industrial Revolution
Villagers' plea and language
White vs. Brown Woman
Voicelessness of the brown
Ignorance towards Shortie's voice
GAYATRI C. SPIVAC
SUB ALTERN CAN
1. Act of re-reading and rewriting texts.
2. Deal with the representation of the colonised.
3. Check whether, this visual text writes back to the empire or not?
Theoretical Approaches of
villainous Indian demonic thugee priest
Said’s representation of Orient
God-Man’s character has been projected as disproportionately larger than life
portrayed as strange, dark, sinister and uncivilized
.projects all the strange activities that the east indulges in according to the west
fabricated construct of the Western fantasy
Opposite of Dr. Jones
The Empire Writes Back
DOES NOT qualify as writing back.
of the form of analysis
No resistance offered to the notions of Colonialism
However, individual characters do seem to offer resistance
Examples of Empire Writes Back
Peter Carey’s - Jack Maggs
Jean Rhys' - Wide Sargasso Sea
Ashutosh Gowarikar’s - Lagaan
The Planter's Wife (1952)
The Man Who Would Be King (1975)
The Orientalist representations -
Plethora of written and visual texts available - propagate the same stereotypes
of the mis-representation
All this points us towards one central question
The Orient and subsequently India continues to be
constructed in the same way
for the Occident.
act of colonisation
of the mind has
in these subtle representations over the years,
internalised by the natives
and affecting their perceptions of themselves.
ARE WE TRULY POST-COLONIAL?