The concept of facing reality through the movie 'Snow Falling on Cedars' and the 60 minute report 'Return to Bali'

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The concept facing reality can be interpreted in a large variety of ways. Everybody has to face some aspect of reality throughout his or her life. Though I believe that Facing Reality is strongly presented mainly through the fact that accepting reality leads to a positive outcome, healing, and the ability to move on and be happier. It is also shown through the physical, emotional or psychological change. Facing reality can also be portrayed as a process often involving self-discovery.

The film 'Snow Falling on Cedars' and the 60 minutes episode 'Return to Bali' are texts that reveal that facing reality involves physical, emotional or psychological change. The physical change is shown through Ishmael, the main character of 'Snow Falling on Cedars' and Nicole McLean, one of the Bali survivors, both losing one of their arms. This proves that a physical change may occur due to facing reality as now they have to face living the rest of their lives with only one arm.

The emotional change of the Bali survivors and the characters of 'Snow Falling on Cedars' is evident. The contrast between their emotions before facing reality and after facing reality is a significant difference. The emotions felt by the Bali survivors before they faced their realities were fears, depression and anxiety towards revisiting the site of the bombing. Though Ishmael's feelings at the time were different, as it was mainly heartache, the emotions felt by the Bali survivors and Ishmael are common, in that they both aren't desired emotions to be felt. The music played in both texts help convey what they were feeling. Soft, slow-paced music was played while Tracey Ball, a survivor, was crying during their re-visit to ground zero. Fast-paced and loud music was used to help show...