“Monsters are tragic beings. They are born too tall, too strong, too heavy. They are not evil by choice. That is their tragedy. They do not attack people because they want to, but because of their size and strength, mankind has no other choice but to defend himself. After several stories such as this, people end up having a kind of affection for the monsters. They end up caring about them.” – Ishiro Honda
(Unknown, (1954), Gojira [ONLINE]. Available at: https://wikizilla.org/wiki/Godzilla/1954 [Accessed 27 July 2018].)
The Live Tweeting Experience and a Cross-Cultural reflection~
After being involved in Bcm325 I THOUGHT I had gotten used to the whole Live tweeting thing but when you throw subtitles into the mix it gets a bit frantic. Perhaps watching the movie beforehand so I’m prepared would’ve been better but being in the moment also produces interesting discussion and thoughts.
Personally I have…
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Watching Gojira definitely made me feel sympathetic for the monster, which I feel not many would agree with. As your tweet said, Godzilla wasn’t inherently evil, but was instead acting on animalistic instinct to seek revenge for the death of his kind. Moreover, I understood why Seriwaza chose to stay underwater with Godzilla, because he too sided with Godzilla, and did not want to live with the consequences of making Godzilla’s species extinct. I believe the willingness to destroy Godzilla says a lot about human nature when we are faced with fear – we want to end it at any cost.
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