The Southern Wild Child

Last week I watched the indie film Beasts of the Southern Wild. The heroine Hushpuppy was portrayed magnificently by five-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis. She and her father live in a place called the Bathtub where joy and poverty goes hand-in-hand on a daily basis. Her way of life becomes threatened by fire, flood, sickness, and death; as her world begins to fall apart, her imagination brings to life these boar-like creatures called aurochs. In the end, Hushpuppy and the aurochs confront one another; each are resilient and have survived many tragedies. This film may sound sad and others have compared the flooding situation with Hurricane Katrina; according to “The Story Behind ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild'”:, the intent was to portray a type of southern myth where many tragedies happen to the protagonist but in the end, the heroine comes out wiser and stronger. Hushpuppy learns to be a brave beast of the southern wild.


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