1- How can you classify the countries in Asia in light of the ‘friend-adversary’ spectrum of the US? What might be an alternative/s to the spectrum model in the classification? Identify a few countries and justify your classification.
2- Choose any one of the countries below and identify change/continuity across the Cold War and post-Cold War period in their respective regional/international relations in Asia:
(3) S. Korea
(4) N. Korea
minate others…’ Can this need be filled by violent behaviours, profound language or in some cases only by being god himself? Language features such as symbolism and costume work compellingly well with each other and with the intertextuality of the television show Westworld to establish a representation of males as apart of a spectrum of violent and depraved villains. WestWorld (2016) by Jonathan Nolan is a television series about a futuristic theme park intended for rich vacationers, the futuristic park – which is looked after by robotic “hosts” – allows its visitors to live out their fantasies through artificial consciousness. No matter how illicit the fantasy may be, there are no consequences for the park’s guests, a lawless society. This essay will explore how these language features are used to represent the guests, hosts, and staff members as being part of a utopia for toxic masculinity – Westworld. The creators of Westworld have envisioned a ludicrously odd playground where humans (The Guests) can live out their deepest fantasies amidst robots that look, feel, smell, and act like sentient human beings. But what do the flesh and blood people do in this fantasy world? They rape and murder and pillage for fun, with no consequences. The guests who go to the park spend big money to indulge in an accumulation of toxic masculine affairs. These male guests find fulfillment not in the kind-hearted ability to love and create but rather in finding the desire to dominate, even if it means destruction – particularly when it means destruction. The representation of males being violent and depraved is introduced in episode one where the Man in Black is illustrated as a villain in his relationship with Teddy and Dolores. The camera angled underneath him asserts a sense of power and dominance over the rest of the characters. When we go to the scene of him at 12:25 his dialogue to Teddy: “Any special tricks for us? Did they teach you to sit up? Beg?” And “I didn’t pay to make it easy” highlights the idea of Westworld being a toxic masculinity society for men. The Man in Black gains a sense of fulfillment in diminishing others, it is the toxic masculinity mood of the amusement park that values dominance and control over others. This scene is further carried onto the relationship between Dolores and the Man in Black. He says “Is that any way to treat an old friend? I’ve been coming here for 30 years.” Following the Man in black abusing Dolores, he drags her by her hair while she screams for help and slaps her, leading her onto her impending rape. During the scene leading to her rape, Nolan’s input of editors’ choice has Dolores’s voice plays over where she is represented as naive and oblivious through the evidence: Dolores says that she “loves the newcomers” even though they are the source of her suffering. Westworld isn’t just a place where toxic men come to play but where seemingly innocent men entering the story in their white >