Analysis Of The Movie A Time To Kill

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A time to kill is about Jake Brigance (Matthew Mcconaughey), a lawyer and Ellen Roark (Sandra Bullock), a law student, fight a case for Carl Lee Hailey (Samuel L. Jackson) who murders two white boys who raped his daughter. This movie basically poses one question but with two different perspectives. ‘Is a black man justified for killing two white boys who raped his daughter?’ or ‘Is a father justified for killing two boys who raped his daughter?’ This justification would be decided at the end of the film. In the sequence of events of this film, it showcases many social-communication issues that even people face in the real world. The discrimination and stereotyping of the black community and how the whites perceive them to be are one of them.…show more content…
Freddie Lee Cobb (Kiefer Sutherland) acts as an opinion leader in parts of the film. In the scene when Freddie was asked by the leader of the Klan to gather similar thinking individuals like him to enter the Klan, Freddie sends messages about how the world is becoming ‘black dominated’ as they are getting many different kinds of protection and the blacks are getting more privileges than the whites according to him. Freddie then takes this view of the situation and influences his friends who in then believe this view. This is due to the theory of two-step flow communication. However, the effect of an opinion leader can be positive or negative. In this case, it’s negative as the Freddie’s friends are now in this dirty organization that is against the…show more content…
One example can be stereotyping about women. Jake may know not have willingly wanted to think females are portrayed as inefficient but it’s due to this theory of stereotype about females that has been cultivated at the back of his mind by media. Not only just the media, even we use these theories but don’t even realize. We use the concept of episodic framing when we’re telling a story about an accident to our friends. After the theories that have been studied in Mass Communication, we can come to a conclusion that the media does shape and mold our perceptions of the world that we live
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