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Lifes a Beach Who lives the superior life The technologically advanced first world or the old fashioned third world The majority of Americans would undoubtedly never want to live in a third world At the same time there are always those few adventurers who claim they see the third world lifestyle as ideal In the movie The Beach three friends RichardLeonardo DiCaprio EtienneGuillame Canet and FracoiseVirginie Ledoyen seek third world lives because the fast paced first world isnt satisfying them The key to what they think is happiness lies on a beach on an island in the South Pacific The three find this island and encounter a community of first world people with their same ideals living on the beach In the movie The Beach the director Danny Boyle accurately shows the geopolitical relationship between the third world and the first through plot and symbolism In the movie the islanders are dependent on the first world and the first world is dependent on the islanders In the book Green Delusions the author Martin W Lewis states that the third and first world are dependent on one another for economic growth More specifically he says that most third world nations are regulated to the tasks of providing raw materials to and purchasing manufactured goods from the industrialized coreLewis 196 The mutual dependency portrayed in The Beach between the Thai people and first world is extremely accurate to how the first and thirds worlds depend on each other The beach community encounters a problem midway through the movie their supply of rice has gone bad and they need supplies from the mainland Richard takes orders from all the islanders for supplies which turn out to be everything from batteries to tampons All the products he ends up buying are supplies produced in the first world The companies selling those products depend on beach community and the Thai stores to buy from them At the same
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