This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Blood Diamond Essay

1277 words - 6 pages

Throughout the world many communities, cities and countries yearn for safety and sustenance. For many lives at home means constant fear and days of hunger. The people of Sierra Leone lived through this reality from the later eighties through the early twenty first century. The film Blood Diamond is based on this politically volatile era in the history of Sierra Leone. Three places are of prominent importance in the film. In these places life changing decisions and choices are made. The significance of these palaces drives the characters to defy common human behavior, put their lives in extreme danger and seemingly achieve the impossible. Of great importance is a mining valley in the ...view middle of the document...

Consequently the mine field is a special target for government troops as they look to dent the rebel’s forces ability to get weapons. Thus the area is a tense fire-zone where bullets could start flying anytime. The tension in this site is strongly emphasized in the film. In all the instances where the mining site is shown in the story line, gunfire is sure to breakout. Enemies are sure to collide whenever we view this in the film.

Not surprisingly, there is no social integration between the different factions in the mine site. The enslaved men are treated roughly and often don’t have social ties with anyone else. The RUF soldiers are keen to remain intimidating so therefore don’t socialize with each other. The General is brutal and makes his point to the enslaved men by killing one of them in front of the others.

At the beginning of the film, this mining area is nothing more than any other mining field where tiny pieces of diamonds are unearthed once in a while. It takes on this special mysterious significance when Solomon Vandy, a local fisherman and one of the enslaved men finds a large and rare pink diamond and instead of giving it to the “master” as usual, buries it next to the mining site. The burial site is unknown to everyone but Solomon. This mysteriousness adds more tension and significance to the area. It gives the place an added value over and beyond an insurgency hotbed. Throughout the film several characters make it their quest to retreat the diamond from the burying site and are willing to commit heinous crimes to reach their goal. Time and time again we see characters willing to risk their life in order to have sole ownership of the prized diamond. It is at this site that Danny Archer, whose main purpose is smuggling “conflict diamonds” from Sierra Leone to neighboring Liberia, kills the government military leader who mentored him as a young soldier. This is also the site where Solomon kills the General - his capturer – who in addition to enslaving him earlier in the conflict, also enlisted and trained his son child to be a child soldier for the RUF. To illustrate the greed, this General had a few minutes prior to his death had a machete in his hand and Solomon on his knees keenly asking him to reveal the site.

In contrast to the mining site, Freetown is a lively city where the streets are overcrowded with businesses and shoppers. The place is presented as a multicultural environment where people of all walks of life can come together and trade. There are however signs of poverty as we see shanty towns and shops made of galvanized aluminum. Cultural integration is emphasized in the film. Danny has an African friend who owns a bar helping him with his business...

Other Papers Like Blood Diamond

Macromolecules Essay

2374 words - 10 pages /education/diamond-education/conflict-diamond-policy.aspx 1999, r. 1., 2000, t. S., violations, i. a., (Chile), A. J., Kingdom), C. G., (Zimbabwe), J. M., et al. (n.d.). Conflict diamonds. Welcome to the United Nations: It's Your World. Retrieved January 21, 2012, from http://www.un.org/peace/africa/Diamond.html Blood Diamonds, Conflict Diamonds | Brilliant Earth. (n.d.). Canadian Diamonds, Conflict-Free Diamonds Jewelry | Brilliant Earth. Retrieved

Social Performance of Organizations Essay

2164 words - 9 pages issue I would advise the media to connect the conflict diamond issue with other issues. For example, point out the corruption associated with blood diamonds and make a story of the governments and politicians who may be involved. Stories like these can grab ratings and keep the issue in the news. Another challenge would be the customers. Some customers do not care how their product is manufactured or produced. This leads to the continuation

Chemistry

2032 words - 9 pages Insert your name Course Professor’s name Date due The Chemistry and Applications of Carbon Allotropes in Industry Introduction Carbon has the ability to create many allotropes because of its valence. This means that carbon has a high rate of combining power with other different atoms when it is in the process of forming chemical compounds or molecules. The most common allotropes are Diamond and Graphite. The different allotropes of carbon

De Beers Diamond Corporation

2409 words - 10 pages lack of product to sell. Through De Beers Diamond Corporation's history there has been several controversial topic but so hurtful as the trading in conflict, or blood, diamonds. In the late 1990's it became a practice of war torn nations of Africa to seize control of the gems mined in the region. These diamonds were used to fund the civil war efforts to overthrow governments and to fund personal fortunes. The people of these areas were

Blood Diamonds

1418 words - 6 pages the trade of blood diamonds. The Kimberley Process defines conflict diamonds as diamonds that finance rebel movement against recognized governments. Governments certify shipments of diamonds are conflict free. The This system was launched in 2003 to stop the flow of conflict diamonds into the diamond trade. The Kimberley Process of KP has been endorsed by the Untied Nations General Assembly and the Untied Nation Security Council. The Process

Blue Nile

1194 words - 5 pages independent retailers. Diamond collection is a very troubled procedures in many countries. The diamond trade has been known for very unethical practices. No company would want their products to be linked to these “blood diamonds”. Also the creation of diamonds is one of the greatest threats to Blue Nile an the entire diamond industry. Lab manufactured diamonds look and feel like the same thing an are a great deal cheaper, so this leaves many people with a

Seiree Leonne

689 words - 3 pages institutions, blood diamond campaigns, and the resulting effect on global demand. These are all important in terms of social welfare. This can affect International Trade because once a country finds out that (ex. Child labour is used for diamond mining) it can leave a negative impression on that country because this may led business dealers from other countries to think that the way they are producing, or finding their resources in not in an ethical

Blue Nile

2144 words - 9 pages , and 1 independent contractor. | 2. BRIEF SUMMARY OF CASE SITUATION Business or Industry DescriptionBlue Nile had grown to become the world’s largest online retailer of certified diamonds and fine jewelry. | Blue Nile’s Current SituationBlue Nile reported $302 million in 2009. In 2010 Blue Nile management was concerned about the lingering effects of poor economic condition in the United States on the diamond jewelry industry and how it

A discussion of Shylock's portrayal in the court scene and the rest of the play, in the Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

525 words - 3 pages shown from the way he demands for Portia to "give him his principal, and let [him] go" after Portia reveals the flaw in the bond. (That not one drop of Christian blood could be shed, while shedding blood would be inevitable in cutting the flesh) This money-mindedness of his is also shown when he is more concerned about his ducats than his daughter after she ran away with his money. He talks endlessly about his "diamond gone that cost him two

The Lost Diamond – My Personal Narrative Creative Writing

1137 words - 5 pages to their normal positions upon my fathers’ arrival with my boarding pass.My nerves were as tight as a string on a guitar and my eyes were as red as the blood flowing in the streams of my body. My father was filled with sorrow because his oldest child was parting and there was no sign of returning in the future. My heart was filled with guilt because I was not able to stop thinking of the consequences of losing my diamond. My father was going

Yhg Jaws Jaws

538 words - 3 pages was going to be a perfect day, but what is perfect? Then like a flock of birds, they started to arrive, propelling and fighting over the best spots of the beach they could find. I gaze over like an eagle stalking its prey. Piercing screams, high-pitched laughter, children splashing, squishing, and shouting with joy. Beads of sweat trickled down my face as the sun, a gold coin in sky, effervescent, piercing through my skin like the diamond

Related Essays

Blood Diamond Essay

1054 words - 5 pages ENGL 1157 05/05/2013 Blood Diamond I think, Blood Diamond could have been little shorter. While the film includes a number of political and sociological insights, the story is tepid and loses momentum as the storyline bogs down. The main character, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, has an effective arc that is believable because it does not force him to act contrary to his nature, but it takes a long time for Blood Diamond to get us to

Blood Diamond Film Review

664 words - 3 pages «BLOOD DIAMOND» - Film review. Blood Diamond is an Oscar-nominated political war thriller movie from 2006 directed by Edward Zwick. The movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Djimon Hounsou, Jennifer Connelly, Kagiso Kuypers and Stephen Collins. The movie is set during the Sierra Leone Civil War, from 1996 to 2001. We get introduced to the main characters, Danny Archer and Solomon Vandy, both living in Sierra Leone. Solomon gets kidnapped by the RUF

Blood Diamond Movie Review

2225 words - 9 pages Analyze the economic situation of the movie: The movie “Blood Diamond” is directed by Edward Zwick. This movie is considered as one of the great movies because the diamonds mined at Africa are traded in exchange for firearms and other weapons which are used in civil wars, coups and cruel military dictatorships, and what makes the story interesting is that, which side is worse? Is it the government or the rebels? So the first thing we see

Blood Diamond Essay

915 words - 4 pages VCE English Unit 1 & 2 Holiday Homework Over the summer break you will be expected to complete the following tasks: • Become familiar with the Year 11 English course outline • Read The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini and answer the activities attached • Find the key words in your text and begin a glossary Your English teacher will collect this homework in Week One of Term One, 2014. All the best!! Failure to complete the required