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In Sugar Cane Alley Medouze reveals what he considers to be the secret to life telling Jose Dont think that water and fire are enemies No They are the forces of creation the other to create life It is precisely this duality which defines the underlying framework of the entire film The contrast between Dionysus and Apollo as this duality would be described by Nietzsche is the source of artistic expression of the will - creation of and out of oneself Dionysus represents the chaotic abstract emotional element of humanity while Apollo symbolizes the logic and structure necessary to give form to Dionysian inspiration Both are necessary in proper proportion in order to create and a certain base level of mediocre human existence Life like a painting requires a passionate inspiration and a focused application in order that the artist may express himself with paints on a canvas Through manipulation of the medium the filmmaker portrays this great contrast as the very center of the narrative In essence Jose is a metaphor for this dialectical perspective on life Culturally he is torn between two worlds Already his people are faced with this divergence of culture due to the mixture of African and imposed European influences But Jose the white blackbird is faced with this issue to an even greater extent because his only means of transcendence of the of poverty and suffering that would normally await him is education whose very structure and substance is dependent on European influences Learning is the key that to our freedom the teacher states But his education is rooted within European culture It would be easy to derive from this fact that in order to be free Jose would have to abandon the culture of his forefathers in favor of that of Europe or that in trying to hold on to both of these influences he would lose all concept of a self and thus such
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