Answers to the Questions on the Movie “Children of Men”
Response to Question 1
The characterization of the world from the commentators’ point of view as depicted by Children of men can be approached basing on two co-joined themes: Faith and hope. The commentators characterize the world as a place that is doomed; where hope and faith for desperate ones is dwindling in way or another. In their views, the commentators bring out the picture of the world as an empty nest. All the commentators depict a nightmarish future. Children of men gives an overview of how the post-modern world’s future is very uncertain. Many years (18) characterized by infertility places the society on the verge of extinction. Yet the world loses the world youngest man. On the other hand, illegal immigrants try to move into England anticipating the best, but the government quickly comes up with laws on immigration which target to oppress the immigrants. The commentators cite these in their view the world as a place where hope for the desperate ones would persistently dwindle, just as the refugees hope is dwindled before immigration laws as well as the world youngest man dying amidst the world infertility and ageing population.
Response to Question 2
The response of this question is based on the themes of faith and hope. Indeed, the dwindling of faith and hope is evident in the world’s current occurrences. A turn of event that may be considered to be in line with this include riots (such as those evidenced UK), earthquake incidents (such as the recent Turkey havoc), economic crisis (such as those that have rocked Greece), harsh immigration laws (such as those being applied by United States) and widespread protests (such as those being evidenced in Africa). Hereunder, a special reference is given to recent earthquakes in Turkey.
A strong earthquake recently struck Turkey, causing human deaths. At least over 1352 were feared dead as reported by BBC. Arguably, the death toll was so big that the state hospital lacked a space to ‘put the bodies’. This kind of calamity is disastrous as it wipes out a big population. The concerned parties are left to live on dwindling hope as the days go by and as rescue missions are carried out on the rubbles. But perhaps others have faith that the coming generation would have to device a way in which this could be sorted out. But how else could the coming generation achieve such expectations when the earthquake is threatens to wipe out the current generation; that would bear future generation? These are the kinds of nightmarish future dystopia as depicted by P.D James in Children of men. According to him, the number of children has reduced, having been 19 years since the last child was born. Yet the youngest person who would deliver the world from infertility is later killed. There is a connection between the two cases; in both, the generations are being wiped out through catastrophic deaths.
Response to Question 3
There is a way in which anthropologists could help us understand and solve issues such as political tensions, conflicts as well as other world emergent crises. Concepts such as inequality, globalization, ethnic nationalism and stratification are areas through which the role of anthropology could be felt. Anthropologists could come up with theories and as well as methods in which the future problems could be solved. Anthropologist could organize seminars to discuss experiences in the contemporary world that are full of uncertainty. It is possible for anthropologists to come up with models that are teleological to changes (Miller 241). More so, they could come up with approaches to ascertain the rapture figures as well as future risks. For instance, through ethnography, anthropologists could examine various responses from human to establish political, personal as well as solutions that are practical to contemporary issues that place human lives under risks. In so doing, the scientists could to choose on subjects such as thoughts on rapture and futures that are uncertain, risk projection, risk speculations, return of the dwindling hopes, urban form experimentations and earthquake future calculations.
Miller, Babara. Cultural Anthropology. Boston: Pearson Education Inc., 2007, Print.