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The Lost City script
Exile is a term broadly used to describe a state of an individual or group of persons barred from
their native country or performing specific tasks due to political or punitive reasons. It leads to
permanent loss of something left behind. Both “The Lost City” script and Edward Said’s
“Reflection on Exile” works provide complementary factual and fictional explanation of what it
means by being an exile. The impact of exile is the alienation of the people from their history
and inability to identify themselves with the past generations which may lead to negative
thinking of their native country. The use of the different key concepts presented by Said as
belonging unfolds the true meaning of “The Lost City” script that may be unknown to the
viewers of the film. The primary concern of the author is the use of memory and belongings to
relate the different hardships that exiles undergo.
Said relates nationalism and exile to the relationship between the master and servant.
Estrange forms the basis of early stages of development of a nation (Said 140). Each person
belongs to a particular location whether a family, home or society. This concept is evident in
Said’s work when he illustrates the differentials in feelings of the exiles and non-exiles. The nonexiles can relate and co-exist in the environment they feel whereas the exiles will always feel
out-of-place. The author links this collective ethos to the concept of habitus developed by Pierre
Bourdieu. It represents the idea of tracing an individual’s habit and character to the inhabitance.
This condition forms the notion of nationalism which explains essential identification with a
particular community or culture thus preventing the existence of exiles. It is through nationalism
that the group of people can uphold their values and practices. It is through the desperation of
returning to the native land that prompts the adoption of past culture to enhance the sense of
belonging. The author tries to explain that it is not about adjusting to fit in the new environment
but practicing your lifestyle and acting you that will develop a sense of identity to the group.
“The Lost City” script’s director explains the importance of the current generation
replicating the old culture to salvage the tradition of the society. Changing the status quo requires
all members working as a united group in a democracy to achieve the total and universal good.
Patriotism is the pillar to the maintenance of the practices of origin character. It promotes people
to become affiliates of their original style as opposed to adopting the current culture. Individuals
in this community emphasize on the adoption of patriotism that acts as a refuge for the
scoundrels and prevents them from immersing to the contemporary culture but holding on to
their old cultural practices. The people are reluctant to adopt the lifestyle of the other people
because they current society treats them differently compared to the natives. There is a vast
difference between the exiles and non-exiles thus making it difficult to find their position in the
community without being democratic. The lack of democracy between the refugees and nonexiles essential for the establishment of a family prevents equality among the groups. The author
uses family to refer to a country. For the society to find their place in the new family, they need
evolution as opposed to revolution.
Exiles are exploited and treated with contempt as they try to find their place in the new
land. In “The Lost City” script, this concept is evident during the conversation between the
protagonist and the professor. They note that currently there is anger, disconnect, and
desperation. They link these ideas to the revolution that has happened in the country, France, and
Russia among others. Despite the fact that majority of the persons are against the revolution, it is
more likely to happen due to the differentiation between the natives and non-natives. The only
option to promote freedom and democracy is the elimination of tyrant leadership. It will help the
Cuban men in keeping their old tradition. Edward Said explains that the condition of
estrangement is an essential factor in explaining the concept of nationalism. He asserts the
importance of taking pride in culture and country that does not ...