American History X Movie Analysis

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Movie Review of American History X American History X is directly related to racism as a social issue. The film is about a day in the life of Danny whose brother Derek was the leader of a Neo-Nazi group. Derek was sentenced to prison for 3 years because of killing two black people who attempted to steal his car. In his prison years, he was raped by the Neo-Nazi’s, changed his world view with the help of black man who was working with Derek in laundry service of prison and had a transition from blind-hatred to enlightened man who is trying to steer his brother back from being controlled by racist beliefs. The underlying reason of why Derek was the leader of the Neo-Nazi group and had problems with anger management is that his father was murdered by black drug dealers. So, this traumatic experience led him to become a passionate racist and naturally his brother, Danny inspired by him. Danny wrote a paper about Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf to his black Jewish teacher, Sweeney. Dr. Sweeney wanted him to write a new paper which is about his brother and his history. However, after learning what happened to Derek in prison and the reason of why he changed his ideology of being racist and rejected to be the leader of united Neo-Nazi group, Danny…show more content…
It has two social concepts, ethnocentrism and sociological imagination which are related to functionalism theory at some points. Racism is the main social issue which is reflected by the black and white colored scenes and colorful ones. As Danny told in the film, it is always good to end a paper with a quote and I will do the same with a quote of Abraham Lincoln ”We are not enemies but friends. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our
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