In this post i will give my response to a task from todays english class: Find a “Seattle-song” that represent Manjula from Where´d you go Bernadette.
First of all, i have to admit that it was quite hard finding something that would fit with a character that we barely know. Therefore i had to reach quite a bit, and i ended up finding the song “helplessness Blues” by “Fleet Foxes” where some elements fit with Manjula´s character.
As i explained in a prior post, Manjula is a unique and highly appreciated personal assistant for Bernadette. Therefore i though that the very first two lines of the song fits in:
“I was raised up believing I was somehow unique”
“Like a snowflake distinct among snowflakes, unique in each way you can see”
I know it´s a bit of reaching, and there is no direct link between the lines and Manjula, but i still think that Manjula can be written into the context, as a unique worker, working hard for the “chief” to succeed. Another example of this, is the last line of the first verse.
“A functioning cog in some great machinery serving something beyond me”
I think that this line actually explains Manjula´s role better. She is a trustworthy worker, working on a poor salary, and still doing her very best to satisfy her client.
Feel free to check out the song:
Sources: The main picture is the cover of the album “Helplessness Blues” by “Fleet Foxes” found using google. The video is from Youtube, and the lyrics are taken from azlyrics.com