Chanda's Secrets vs. Blood Diamond
In this essay I will be comparing Blood Diamond to Chanda’s Secrets. Blood Diamond is a movie that has become extremely famous for its amazing plot and emotional moments. It was made to educate the people of the Western World and encourage them to make better choices when buying diamonds. Chanda’s Secrets by Allan Stratton is a book that was written to illustrate the difficult lives that people are forced to live and to enlighten people about HIV AIDS. They have their share of similarities and differences.
Blood Diamond is the story of an African man, Solomon, caught in the tribal struggles of Sierra Leone. Not only does he need to fight to keep alive in hiding from the rebels, but also must hide his deep dark secret of a huge diamond. Solomon lives peacefully in his village, with his wife and children. However, surrounding him is warfare, the country is alive with bloodshed. One day, rebels attack his village and separate him from his family. He is taken to work as a slave in a rebel diamond mine. One day he finds HUGE diamond. Solomon realizes that this is his ticket to freedom. He hides this diamond in the ground, but not before the colonel spots him. However, it is his lucky day and the army raids the mine. He escapes, but the news leaks and Danny Autra, a white diamond smuggler, gets a wind of this fantastic news. Eventually, Danny strikes a deal with Solomon. He will find Solomon’s family in exchange for this diamond. Together, Solomon and Danny trek the country in secrecy. They are being trailed by the rebels and the American government. When the couple reach the diamond mine they wait for nightfall to find the diamond. However, they must call in the aid of the American troops to aid them. The American troops destroy the rebel’s mine and Solomon finds his son among the rebels. To his utter despair, his son, Dia, has turned against him. Dia refuses to recognize his father. He has been brainwashed. However, now the American troop commander will not leave without the acclaimed diamond. He blackmails Solomon into digging up the diamond. Luckily, Danny and Solomon can defeat the commander and his bodyguard. At this moment of urgency, Dia turns against his own father and threatens him with a gun. However, long-lost memories of his mother, village and house arouse in his heart and stir emotion. The trio, Danny, Solomon and Dia, flee for their lives. Unfortunately, Autra is shot and after a treacherous mountain-climb it dawns to him that he cannot escape with his life. He gives the diamond to Solomon, for his family to find freedom. Solomon takes the diamond to London and sells it for the price of his family. His family is finally united in London.
Chanda’s Secrets by Allan Stratton is the story of a young, African girl named Chanda. As a child she lived in Tyro, however family feuds forced her immediate family to find a new home. Chanda’s Papa and brothers found a new job in a diamond mine in Bonang. They worked tediously for this diamond mining company. One disastrous day there was a cave-in at work and Chanda’s father and brothers were trapped underground. Chanda and her mother were left alone to fend for themselves. Chanda’s mother soon remarried to Isaac Pheto. However, he turned out to be a pervert. Therefore, she remarried to Mr. D. Sadly he died of a stroke. Fortunately, he leaves behind his house and belongings to the family. Chanda’s mother is alone and needs to care for three daughters. She falls in love with a man named Jonah. They soon marry and everything seems to be going fine. However, the birth of their daughter, Sara, sends a new spin to life. She is often possessed by dry coughs and sleepless nights. One day she unexpectedly dies and the family is mourning her death. Meanwhile, Chanda’s best friend, Esther, is acting suspicious and there are all sorts of rumours flying around town about her. Many people believe she is a prostitute and sells herself on the streets. Lucky for Esther, Chanda is always there to stick up for her. Her parents died of AIDS, however, this secret was hidden from the town. Unfortunately, the many kids of the family were forced to split and live in various families. After Sara’s death, Jonah is nowhere to be seen and Chanda’s mother is grieving deeply. Soon Chanda’s mother is taken over by the same coughs that haunted baby Sara. Mama is pale and stays in bed all day. Chanda is forced to takeover household duties and begins to take time off of school. Mrs. Tafa, Chanda’s annoying and rich neighbour, helps out by lending the phone and caring for the other children. Chanda’s mom goes to a herbal doctor, but it turns out to be a disappointment. She soon realizes that she has gotten AIDS and to spare her family the shame she leaves for Tyro. However, her faithful daughter, Chanda, follows her there and brings her back to Bonang. Chanda is simply set to care for her ailing mother. The town soon realizes what has happened to Mama. After the death of Mama, Mrs. Tafa lowers her guard and supports Chanda. Many people in the town realize the importance of being open about AIDS. Sadly, Esther has contracted AIDS. She has truly become a prostitute and an evil man forced AIDS into her. Esther now lives under the care of Chanda.
There are many similarities between Chanda’s Secrets and Blood Diamond. Both of these stories take place in Sub-Saharan Africa. Blood Diamond’s main theme is diamonds. A secondary theme in Chanda’s Secrets is diamonds. Chanda’s father and brothers worked in a diamond mine. The conditions were tough and dangerous. In both stories, this was the true starting point of the main plot. Solomon passionately loves his family and will go to many extremes to save them. Chanda also dearly loves her family. She lives despite the piercing eyes of neighbours, who are frightened of the disease her deceased mother had. These two characters will do almost ANYTHING for their families. One day, when Danny Autra is walking down the street he is confronted by a prostitute, who is selling herself. He refuses and she comments that she doesn’t have AIDS. He then snorts “I’ve heard that one before”. This conversation shows that AIDS is also a large problem in Sierra Leone. This prostitute is a character similar to Esther. Esther had affairs with foreign men at the risk of contracting AIDS. Inevitably, she soon gets the fatal disease. By the ending of each story, one of the side characters has shown their bright sides. Mrs. Tafa, finally, acts humanly and stands by Chanda’s side while she tries to fend off the snooping neighbours. She admits that her son had died of AIDS. Likewise, Danny tells Maddy about the death of his parents. By the conclusion of the story, he realizes that a life is to live. He gives Solomon the famed diamond and tells him to flee. Both Danny and Mrs. Tafa redeem themselves. At the end of both story, the audience is somewhat satisfied and emotional after death of a side character. At the end of Blood Diamond Solomon’s dream of seeing his son as a doctor seems far-fetched. Dia has been scarred for life and a worthy education seems far from possible. Dia simply needs to recover from the emotional trauma. At the end of Chanda’s Secrets Chanda’s dream of becoming a big doctor or lawyer is destroyed. She must fend for her family and Esther. Eventually, she receives a job as an elementary teacher. It seems that she can no longer reach her dreams. All in all, there are many similarities between Blood Diamond and Chanda’s Secrets. The similarities appear not only in the plot itself, but also in the theme and morals of the story.
These two stories also have a few differences. Blood Diamond is a story primarily based on diamonds and the illegal trade of conflict diamonds. On the other hand, Chanda’s Secrets mostly involves AIDS and its effects on African societies. Therefore, on main theme varies. Second, Blood Diamond is a rather violent and gory Hollywood movie. On the contrary, Chanda’s Secrets is far from violent. The violence and main themes are the major differences between the two stories.
In conclusion, these two stories are drastically similar in their storytelling and morals. They both seem to have similar messages for their theme and are aiming to make the world a better place. Allan Stratton is attempting tell the reader about AIDS in African and mean of protection against this disease in all countries. Blood Diamond is set to stop the trade of conflict diamonds. Therefore, the plot line is different. However, the stories both have a similar feel on your tongue.
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