Author: Charlotte Maguire

Charlotte is a student, currently studying English Literature at the University of Portsmouth.
Noughts + Crosses: segregation dystopia with a  Shakespearean twist
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Noughts + Crosses: segregation dystopia with a Shakespearean twist

This article contains spoilers. You have been warned! It’s been nearly twenty years since Malorie Blackman wrote Noughts & Crosses, a dystopian novel taking place in an alternative timeline. In that timeline, African people had colonised the European countries and had made Europeans their slaves. Despite the government abolishing the enslavement of European people, racism still divides society. Black people still degrade them and cruelly call them ‘Blankers’ or ‘Noughts’, while the white people call them ‘Crosses’. Since 2001, it has spawned sequels, with its recent book, Crossfire, released in 2019. After years of screen adaptation rumours spiralling across the internet, BBC One finally released a TV adaptation in March. It currently covers the narrative of the first book in the seri...
From Deers to Plantations: Hidden Messages in Get Out
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From Deers to Plantations: Hidden Messages in Get Out

Get Out will always be Jordan Peele’s masterpiece. Although he has produced amazing movies and TV shows, including Us, The Twilight Zone and BlacKkKlansman, Peele’s indie social thriller film still gets under viewers’ skins. The film centres around a young black man, Chris, who visits his girlfriend’s parents on a weekend getaway. However, things get weird after Rose’s mum, Missy, hypnotises him. Rose’s parents and their friends make disconcerting comments about Chris’ skin colour, which, naturally, creeps him out. After encountering more strange occurrences, Chris realises that things aren’t what they seem. On the surface, it may be a film about a racist cult, seeking to gain immortality by bodysnatching the bodies of black people. But after a couple of rewatches, it’s a film about m...