Mundane and Marvelous
Common and Uncommon The common and uncommon are one of those prevalent themes, with most stories there is a dark side and bright side. Common is something that occurs often something that you would consider “normal” for everyday things. Uncommon is something out of the ordinary that rarely happens, it can also be something that is unusual. In stories, movies, and books makes it more interesting because everything seems normal and but there is an underlying unusual theme to the story that comes out at one point or another to interest the reader or watcher.
In the X-files episode Dr. Pollidori, who is a scientist, made an accidental son while conducting a genetic experiment, naming his the Great Mutato. The grandfather Mr. Pollidori Sr. , who is a farmer took the responsibilities for Mutato and acted as a father to him. Mutato lived in his grandfathers basement from then on. A single women claim to be pregnant twice now while unconscious and not knowing why, so she called the authorities and Jerry Springer to investigate, and look for a “monster” that many locals have seen around the woods.
When looking for the “monster” they find Pollidori Sr. and he takes them to his scientist son and tells the investigators that there is no “monster”. Mr. Pollidori sr. was killed by Dr. Pollidori for and angry encounter. The mob and investegators finally find what many call the monster which turned out to be the Great Mutato, and all he wanted was to be accepted by the community and find a mate. In this story it is common that a boy wants to find a mate or even a friend to spend time with and shares the same interests.
Also, it is common for a grandfather to help with the raising of children. What is uncommon is that the grandfather was killed, a genetic experiment, and mysterious pregnancies. In the Last Waltz concert film was about a boy band called the band that wanted to have one last farewell concert, after 16 long years on the road, The Band members thought it was time for a change. This concert was held on November 26, 1976 Thanksgiving day at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. They brought many other artists to play and sing with them so that they could go out with a bang.
Drugs at this time were very popular; backstage there was alcohol, cocaine, and other drugs being passed around and abused. This band was one of the popular bands of their time and where appreciated by everybody. They made lots of money and were very successful. Years after filming the last waltz Richard Manuel, the leader of the band, decided to hang himself and leave his wife and family behind. It is common for a band to decide that they are ready to retire on the road and do one last farewell concert for their dedicated fans to watch one last time.
It is common for drugs to be at concerts and the members of the band do drugs. But what is uncommon that a member of the band Richard killed himself, he was a great musician and successful and still felt the need to take his self out of the world and leave his family and fans behind. In the short story The Lottery by Shirley Jackson, it was common for the town people to come together once a year for the lottery and draw out of the black box. Mr. Hutchisons family was chosen the first time around and this was found unfair and they were to choose again. This time Mr.
Hutchisons wife was chosen and was stoned to death. This is uncommon in everyday life for the towns people to gather to kill a women, for the unfairness of an event. With many stories, movies, and films it has polar opposite meanings through out it, to keep the watcher or reader interested to want to read more if it was all heroic and good they would get bored. With making a film or writing a book you want your peer to be interested and finish what they have started. With the population we draw to the dark side of things, and that is more interesting to the public than the “good” things.