I sent excerpts from my textbook on fandom discourse analysis to a bunch of my mutuals and like half of you asked for more so I'm just gonna make a whole post
@nic-takes-ls I bring you the goods
Yes all of these are really in this textbook. Yes it really is a textbook. Yes I picked it out to read from the backroom of a used bookstore because linguistics my beloved
So without further ado:
From "An Introduction to Discourse Analysis" by James Paul Gee
You know the book that Flint’s reading in the fort cell in 4x05? The red one that resembles his beloved copy of Meditations? This one?
It’s not Meditations. It’s The Pilgrim’s Progress…
… which, for anyone unaware, is a famous Christian allegory written by Puritan preacher John Bunyan in the 1600s, which sets out a prescription for how one ought to seek and attain salvation from a Puritan perspective (the only correct one according to them).
It stands in complete opposition to Thomas’ “know no shame” inscription in Meditations, encouraging its readers to feel ashamed about everything they do that might divert them from the straight and narrow. It also opposes Miranda’s assertion that “true love shouldn’t require suffering,” being very much on the “the truest form of love, love through suffering,” side of things.
Which brings us to Flint. According to Miranda in 2x05, Flint’s being driven to fight against England is, in part, a result of his shame. She perceives this shame to be that which Civilization’s judgements have burdened him with but Flint himself suggests that his shame is also the result of guilt over having not tried to save Thomas when he had the chance.
This is interesting because, though I do believe that Flint has largely made peace with himself by season four and has found a greater cause to fight for overall (which are not insignificant things, I want to be clear), it’s also true that he says to Silver in 4x04: “I think if [Thomas] knew how close we were to the victory he gave his life to achieve, he wouldn't want me to [give it up],” suggesting that Thomas’ death is still hanging over him in a way that’s honestly not that dissimilar to how he started out. There’s still a shame-based aspect to his desire to fight in the sense of “I can’t give up this war because Thomas (and now Miranda too) died for this.”
All of this could easily be said to parallel the protagonist of The Pilgrim’s Progress being driven to undertake a perilous journey in order to rid himself of his burden of shame and finally find peace at the end of it all.
According to the Puritan teachings espoused in the book, believing that you are inherently unclean and sinful is paramount to your salvation so, in other words, shame is good and necessary. As I said, this is the complete opposite of the Hamiltons’ beliefs, but it aligns pretty well with the ideas that Oglethorpe professes at the beginning of 4x10 about how “human debris” such as Thomas and Flint are “anathema to the Empire” and how they “must cease to be… to be able to find peace.”
Plenty of people have pointed out that Oglethorpe’s prison plantation can be viewed as a metaphorical afterlife which Flint enters into at the end of the show (through a gate even, just like the entrance into Heaven), but I’d also like to highlight his having to walk down a literal straight and narrow path—again, like the protagonist of The Pilgrim’s Progress—in order to finally reunite with Thomas.
So, with all that being said, the message behind Flint reading this particular book in 4x05 seems twofold to me:
1. Despite doing his best to follow Thomas and Miranda’s example and cast off his shame, shame is still something that Flint is very much burdened by and which still influences his desire to fight against England, even into season four.
2. Silver’s orchestrating Flint’s being sent to the plantation in Savannah and reunited with Thomas aligns with the “happy ending” of The Pilgrim’s Progress, freeing him from his shame and allowing him to find the peace he sought at last. And yet, with the plantation itself being upheld by shame, by the idea that men like Thomas and Flint deserve to be cast out of Civilization, is this really the kind of ““peace”” that Flint wanted for himself? Can imprisoning him for life in such a place truly be said to be “freeing” him from anything?
By having this particular copy of The Pilgrim’s Progress superficially resemble Meditations despite it being a book whose values are entirely opposite from Thomas’ core tenant “know no shame,” the show presents us with a “fruit, fruit. tits, tits.” commentary on its own ending: Silver’s solution might look like a happy ending for Flint at first glance, but, in reality, it promotes shame rather than eliminating it.
Left Brain, Right Brain by Bo Burnham but it's Kujaku Posse
okay so body builders are buff and big and holy cow, lots of muscle. we know this. and superman is, well, super. muscles on muscles on muscles on muscles. we know this. and clark kent is superman. you know, shy, unassuming, quiet office journalist who spills coffee on his shirts sometimes because he’s so clumsy and gosh what a goof. we know this.
clark kent is superman and superman is the journalist sitting at the corner desk wearing a nice suit and shirt and dress pants. superman is wearing a real suit
big, muscly, supery superman is wearing. a. suit.
and i bet you anything he looks like this
“hey, lois! how are you today? ma made some extra pie for me, would you like a slice?”
Maybe I am just over tired but I feel even less real than ever
my tv is busted so I'm streaming right from the xbox to my laptop screen when I'm playing games. I am using the opportunity to be cringe on main like it's 2014 again and force you to look at my very tall very handsome son
btw uh i suggest you follow @exintroject bc thats where not-aes posts are
i have a discord server where i throw art to organize characters, my comms, good kink art of specific fetishes, etc. etc, and i decided to check how many comms ive gotten and
i may have gotten quite a few
✦ @shadowsceptered replied:
hes taking notes
Pay up and let me out. I don’t wanna be you.
As soon as the weather stopped being in the thirties during the day, California stopped creeping in and instead flooded back full-force. I cannot go an hour without getting lost in the thought of driving through green hills, the sun soft this time of year, so everything glows and it’s cool enough that you might want a coat but warm enough that you can drive with the windows down sometimes and only feel a bit of a chill. There are wind turbines dotting the landscape. You’re beyond any cities and steering clear of towns, so it feels like you can drive forever and never reach anywhere, but you still have the knowledge that all it takes is one turn and you’ll be back among people in no time at all. You feel at once separate from civilisation and yet not entirely alone, driving under a deep blue sky with wind-chased clouds.
Wow, the islamophobia is unreal.
pov: youre the ada