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Compare and Contrast: Blood Diamond and Chanda's Secrets
There are many similarities and there are many differences between the movie “Blood Diamond” and the book “Chanda’s” secrets. I will be comparing the two and finding those similarities and those differences.
The movie Blood Diamond is about a British Man who is involved in the illegal trade of conflict diamonds. It is because of these conflict diamonds that people are being killed every day, and that is why they are called “blood” diamonds. They are bought from poor African countries to be sold in developed countries for large amounts of money. Archer, the main character in this movie, has come to Sierra Leone to trade weapons to the rebels known as the R.U.F. These rebels are using child soldiers and diamonds to support them in their rebellion against Sierra Leone’s Government. Archer helps a man named Salomon find his family and escape from Sierra Leone. Salomon has found a large pink diamond while working in one of the R.U.F’s mines and he has hidden it so he can later go back and retrieve it. Archer helps him find the Diamond while they make their way through the corrupt streets of Serra Leone.
The novel Chanda’s Secrets is about a young girl living with her family in a country in Africa. She and her family face many hard times through their life. The Aids virus is spreading all over Africa, and Chanda is very much affected by it. People she knows, and even people she loves have been infected. They all live in shame, hiding their secrets because they don’t want to be avoided. Everyone avoids the people with Aids because they are afraid that they and their families will become infected. Chanda over comes this shame by admitting to the public that her mother has Aids.
Both the Movie and the book display all of the hardships in Africa. People in Africa are suffering from poverty and one way for them to make money to support their families is by becoming a prostitute. In both the movie and the book there are parts where someone is a prostitute. In Chanda’s Secrets Esther, Chanda’s best friend is a prostitute. In Blood Diamond Archer encounters a prostitute who wants for him to do business with her. Both Esther and the prostitute from Blood Diamond are struggling with issues related to money. Esther needs to raise money so she can afford for her brothers and sisters to come live with her again, and the movie prostitute was probably under a lot of pressure to make money for her family. Another similarity between the novel and the movie is cheap labour. In Blood Diamond Archer came to Africa to trade conflict Diamonds for money. In Chanda’s Secrets, both of her brothers and her father have been paid to work in an American mine so the Americans don’t have to pay them as much as they would have to pay in their own country.
Both the movie and the novel show how hard it is for people and families to live in Africa. They have many hardships that they must get over every day such as Aids, cheap labour, poverty, and death. The movie and the book both show how developed countries take advantage of the poor in Africa.
Article posted April 13, 2009 at 09:16 PM •
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