World War I was the development of all sorts of different kinds of weapons and technologies, but another important development of World War I was the development of new medical illnesses, such as shell shock, that impacted not only those who fought in the war, but also those around soldiers who had developed this mental impairment. In “The Waste Land”, there is an interaction between a man and woman that captures the affects that shell shock had on both the soldiers and the people around these soldiers after the war. The woman is always telling the man that he needs to “HURRY UP” because “ITS TIME” to go. She continues to yell this at him because she is frustrated with his inability to get moving and get things right. The man, however, can’t make note of her frustration because of his shell shock; he doesn’t make any sort of attempt to fulfill her demands even though she is persistent. The Waste Land illustrates that the anxieties developed by soldiers not only affected them but also everyone around them after they returned home.
BLAST can be thought of as a clear expression of youth through the vorticism used as well as the ideas being expressed in the articles. BLAST was a clear example of the term vorticism, which means bringing a lot of stuff into an identifiable point of tangibility and then blowing it all up. In BLAST, all of the stuff being brought together is the youthful ideas of standing up to the authority figures of the Victorian period. Essentially what they are telling all of society with BLAST is “fuck you”. The writers of BLAST attempted to send a message to all of society, but specifically the members of society who still held Victorian ideas. The message they were trying to send was being “BLASTED” out to society with the obnoxious pink cover and bold lettering, illustrating the writers’ anger and frustration with society. Their message is also illustrated in their words found in BLAST.
In BLAST, there is a common back and forth between blessing and blasting whatever they decide to talk about. They bless then blast certain things to illustrate that they don’t want to take a side on anything. They “fight first for one side, then on the other, but always for the SAME cause”, which is to show that they don’t want to follow the messed up society around them. The writers of BLAST express youth through their frustration with society and their refusal to conform to what is around them. They must go against whatever authority figures are out there and make their message known by BLASTing it out.
Coming into the movie I had expectations on what to expect from the movie. I had seen the other The Who rock opera “Tommy” done on stage and it was much more based around the music, each song being sang on stage and acting as the place for the majority of the action to happen. This was very different from what I expected as the music in the movie acted more as background music to certain aspects of the movie, and didn’t even include every song. I think this threw me off some, as well as the long periods of boredom, which were intentional so as to show the boredom Jimmy felt in his life. I did like the in the movie we could more clearly see Jimmy’s progression and emotional states to better understand his character, plus it was cool to see the mods and rockers visualized in front of me and I got a better idea about what they were about. I also liked that at the end the throwing the bike off the cliff made it so that one could make their own inferences on what happened to Jimmy, whether he went with it or whether it was symbolic of his casting off of the mods. Overall, though, I think I enjoyed the album version better. I liked the progression of songs and I was disappointed that these great pieces of music weren’t completely included in the film, although they did a good job of incorporating the ones they did into it. I just really loved the songs, and not playing them all to their entirety made it flat and it was hard for me to really appreciate the movie as much.
Quadrophenia shows that from the Romantics, to victorians, and now to the Modernist youth has stayed fairly the same, except now in the Modern times they are disillusioned by great institutions because of World War 1 something that greatly changed the face of Europe. Throughout the whole thing Jimmy is trying to decide whether conformity of the mods is really for him or if he is better off being himself. He struggles with realizing that everything he believed in when it comes to the mods is sort of a fake, seen in the “Bell Boy” and “The Punk Meets the Godfather”. He is yearning for connections and love, something that he has yet to find with the mods which confuses him even more. This trying to find his place is something that youth have always tried to find and to create within themselves, and answer questions that help them become something more than themselves. The search for identity is something that youths have been doing for years, and Jimmy’s search nicely sums up the topic that we have been trying to understand throughout the semester.
The Society at Cranford makes a huge statement about evolution and youth’s involvement in it. In Cranford, there are no men or people of youth, which mean when Captain Brown arrives with his youthful daughter and his other more sickly one, they cause quite a splash. Nothing happens in this town. There are no births or deaths so the town is stagnant, trying to resist that of modernity, which Captain Brown fully represents, seen in his literary battle with Ms. Jenkes as he declares that Dickens is better than her preferred chose of Dr. Johnson, which her minister father first introduced to her. This lack of youths means that there is no one too challenge the ideas and actions of the older individuals, especially as they are disconnected from all that is modernity and industrialization. Youthfulness is more modern, up to the times, and more self-made, much like Captain Brown, although eh himself is not youthful. When Captain Brown and his sickly daughter dies, leaving Jessie on her own, she is then married off, and her child who visits reads both Dickens and Johnson showing youths ability to adapt more, which ensures their survival, which is something that is not likely to happen to Cranford.