Bowling For Columbine Analysis

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I have chosen question 3: ‘How and why is a social group represented in a particular way?’, using Michael Moore’s documentary, ‘Bowling for Columbine’, discussed in part 2. I will be focussing on Moore’s representation of ‘white’ America as being filled with fear, using their history, influence of the media and his comparison to the Canadians. I will be looking at segments 52:30 – 1:01:13 as well as 1:16:43 – 1:20:09. Written Task 2

The documentary ‘Bowling for Columbine’ (2002), directed, produced, written and narrated by Michael Moore, serves as criticism on American gun law, inspired by the events of the Columbine Shootings. Moore illustrates the many ways American citizens can obtain guns and the many controversies that surround gun possession. Moore represents the ‘white Americans’ in favour of gun ownership as extremely fearful to the black population and discusses how the media plays a role in fuelling this fear. Moore illustrates this by use of a small cartoon clip, segments from various news shows as well as comparing the Americans to their north neighbours, the Canadian population.

Moore starts his segment on fear by using a small animation clip, concerning the history of the United States of America. This clip particularly focuses on the way fear made the Americans behave a certain way. Despite being fairly sarcastic, the clip does portray the moving factor clearly; the Americans are heavily influenced by fear. This is illustrated by the
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