Africa is typically thought of as being a continent full of violence and revolution. This concept may have originated from the poor treatment of Africans by the rest of the world through colonization, forced labor in Africa, and the enslaving of Africans in other regions of the world. The danger and violence that stemmed from many countries gaining independence and experiencing political upheaval has been thwarted by peacekeeping efforts from outside agencies, like the United Nations. Africa has had a violent past, but only because of the exploitation by the Europeans, and eventually Americans. Ultimately, their ethnocentrism led to violence and the stereotype of danger in Africa.
As a first step, in order to do so, a theory chapter provides the reader with relevant background knowledge and concepts explained that will be referred to later on in the analytical chapters. This first part focuses on the key terms ‘male’ and ‘antihero’; it gives possible definitions and further elaborates on the social history of white male American masculinity and the male body as well as on the term ‘the hero’s journey’. In terms of film analysis, a semiotic approach to mise-en-scène introduces aspects of composition and colour symbolism. Since masculinity as such and the struggles the characters are going through are closely related with identity, a separate section sets emphasis on identity formation and crisis, sexuality, desires, and the pursuit of happiness. Moreover, another subchapter discusses the meaning of the term ‘American Dream’, give a brief overview on the development of the corresponding idea(s) behind it, and investagate on American values.
Destruction, poverty, and violence are just a few examples of discrimination that the Black community had to go through during the 1960-1980’s , and are all similar issues portrayed in the films “Black Power Mixtape” and “Do The Right Thing”. Both films have their own story, but both reflect on the racial injustice Black citizens faced, while also educating viewers on the violence that occurred during that time through riots, and police brutality. Each film comments on African American experiences of racial injustice by telling a story of pride and power, while also demonstrating destruction, brutality, and violence throughout the Black community. The famous film directed by Spike Lee “Do The Right Thing”, focuses on racially diverse individuals who live and work in a lower class neighborhood in Brooklyn,
The two parallel worlds between the novel, ‘The Giver,’ written by Lois Lowry, and within the award-winning movie, ‘Pleasantville’ directed by Gary Ross, explore similar attempts, by society to create an idealistic world that contradicts the nature of living a satisfying life. Unlike the life that we are familiar with, the lives of the characters in these universes, live under strict conformity as they strive for perfection. This however, has a deeper meaning than what meets the eye- that denies the key qualities for living a satiating life that includes the presence of: memory, rebellion and freedom. Lowry and Ross further discuss the importance of diversity within these societies that lead characters into discovering a more rewarding life.
In a time when racists and homophobes have been empowered by the recent election of fellow racist Donald Trump, proper representation of marginalized experiences in art have gained increased importance in how we perceive and empathize with others. The sharing of experiences through art helps with consciousness-raising and the spreading of knowledge among those of different experiences. An example of this is the recently released film Moonlight, written and directed by Barry Jenkins and based on a story by Tarrell Alvin McCraney, which bitchmedia correspondent Nijla Mu’min covered in a recent article. In this article, Mu’min discusses the cultural and political influence of Moonlight in our current social and political climate. In regards to
Blackface and Yellowface Blackface is part of a history of dehumanization, of denied citizenship, and of efforts to excuse and justify state violence. From lynchings to mass incarceration, whites have utilized blackface (and the resulting dehumanization) as part of its moral and legal justification for violence. It is time to stop with the dismissive arguments those that describe these offensive acts as pranks, ignorance and youthful indiscretions. Blackface is never a neutral form of entertainment, but an incredibly loaded site for the production of damaging stereotypes...the same stereotypes that undergird individual and state violence, American racism, and a centuries worth of injustice. - David J. Leonard, professor of critical culture
An uncontrolled aspiration could be a torment to him. An overstated self-centeredness can make his life hopeless, or an uneasy soul may join with the wrongdoings of pride to take their vengeance on his attitude. For the man who has achieved achievement and wellbeing there are three incredible standards: "To do evenhandedly, and to love leniency, and to walk modestly." These are the three mainstays of the Temple of Happiness. Equity, which is an alternate word for trustworthiness in practice and in expectation, is maybe the least demanding of the excellencies for the effective man of issues to obtain.
However, he learns to embrace who he is and overcome the stereotypes his culture laid out for him. He breaks the mold and works hard to achieve his dreams, demonstrating one does not have to be white to become successful. Rephrase your topic sentences(Discuss the implications of your argument. Why should your stance be accepted as part of the conversation about your topic?) Junior starts to feel obligated to act like his white classmates, in an effort to become a better person than his parents ended up to be.
This comparative film essay will be focusing on the two Hollywood films, Blood Diamond and The Constant Gardener, which when compared are very similar in certain aspects such as themes, character, cinematography and the fact that both films are set in Africa. This essay will be focusing on one of the major characters of one of the films, a stylistic analysis of a sequence from one of them films and lastly a mutual thematic concern of the two films. Both films consist of many significant characters that play different roles as well as have a different impact on the film. Directors need to be very precise when it comes to casting as it determines how successful the film is, for example Danny Archer. The famous Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio, who has many awards under his belt such as 5 Academy Award nominations and 10 Golden Globe Awards nominations, plays the role of Danny Archer.
In Parallel Lives by Plutarch, he portrays Alexander the Great as an outstanding moral individual and an excellent leader of his people. Although Plutarch illustrates Alexander as a wise, compassionate, and ambitious individual, his defense of Alexander against the people who think of Alexander as a bad leader is weak and inefficient. Plutarch’s defense of Alexander’s fallible qualities, such as his drinking problems and his apathy to his people at the later part of his life is questionable and easily disproved, weakening his argument that Alexander is a truly admirable person. The majority of the beginning of Alexander is dedicated to the description of Alexander’s background and his experiences as he grows up into a mature and ambitious
If we are black, we are the products of the history that our ancestors most likely did not choose.” Within the documentary, a segment focused on the critically acclaimed motion picture, Birth of a Nation. The motion picture was not only a major blockbuster, but according to it also confirmed the beliefs of “White America” wanted to see. The movie depicted blacks in a lewd and terrible manner. The white political elite needed black bodies working, and the Birth of a Nation provided with cause to make blacks criminals. By being deemed criminals, whatever human rights a black person had, were automatically taken away.
The personification of “the Nation” gives more character to the idea of prejudice, removing the idea of an unknowable entity. Rather, it becomes something that the reader can comprehend and even relate to. Lastly, Du Bois makes an appeal to pathos when he says, “[a]way with the black man’s ballot, by force or fraud,—and behold the suicide of a race!” Suicide is obviously a strong word choice, and in using it, Du Bois makes the readers morbidly connect with the African Americans’ plight at an emotional level. It serves to help the reader understand the impact that prejudice has on African Americans and in doing so again increases the persuasiveness of Du Bois’s argument. In conclusion, Du Bois’s stylistic and content choices, which include word choice, allusion, alliteration, rhetorical questions, personification, and an appeal to pathos, serve to make the main idea in paragraph eleven—that the effects of prejudice are negative and harmful—more
Unforgettable black world history In Kaltura Test film, producer present the vivid views that how Africans resisted their enslavement during the slave trade, and how cruelly Africans been treat under the institution of slavery. This is the first time that I seriously face the slave history, I can never imagine living in the hell like that. In this film, people can be influenced by those emotion, audiences can feel angry, said, and despair during watching. If I were one of those slaves, I must be shivering in the fear, groaning painfully. So I tried to look deeper into that history, I tried to know what did those slaves experience and to have a deepened knowledge of the slave trade.
She is targeting a specific audience—colored people. When Whipple opens the preface, she speaks about how colored people should be proud to support Eldridge, “who is both an honor and an ornament to their race (Whipple, pg.3).” When questioning the collaboration which produced these memoirs, and whether or not Whipple had ulterior motives in writing the piece, Joycelyn Moody points out that “a cultural as well as a social phenomenon, race anticipates this authorial collaboration by determining the structure and dynamics of the relationship and shapes it against its purposes. Scholars should consider not simply how Whipple interprets and and represents Eldridge but, more urgently, how Whipple conceptualizes social reform (Moody 690).” Could Whipple have included the preface to show that she and Eldridge were indeed good friends and to assure the reader that although she’s white, she empathized with, and supported colored people? Genette explains that one of the reasons why a paratext is written is because of its importance. I believe that this is the reason behind the initial preface on pages 4 and 5.