Analysis of Prejudice and Discrimination in Films
“Why does he hate me so much? Is it me personally or simply what I am? ” I have chosen to explore the idea of prejudice (judgments of an individual primarily based on race, gender, social class, and faith or group associations. ) These themes are evident in the quick movie ‘Chinese Whispers’ directed by Neil Paddington and Stuart McKenzie, and in three written texts ‘Noughts and Crosses’ by Malorie Blackman, ‘Patches Hide No Scars’ by Haree Williams and ‘On the Sidewalk Bleeding’ by Evan Hunter.
“I used to comfort myself with the belief that it was solely sure individuals and their peculiar notions that spoilt things for the the rest of us. But how many individuals does it take before it’s not the individuals who’re prejudiced however society itself? ”
‘Noughts and Crosses’ is a powerfully written, fictional novel about two youngsters Callum (a nought) and Sephy (a cross), who are caught in a racist dystopia separated solely by pores and skin color. In Malorie Blackman’s imaginative novel the characters are both a “black dagger bitch” or a “white blanker bastard.
” Callum and Sephy are surrounded by a hierarchy, by which Noughts are thought of second-class citizens and forbidden to be together.
This disturbed society exhibits a racial prejudice during which interracial relationships usually are not allowed and there could be favoritism in the path of the Crosses. “You’re a Nought and I’m a Cross and there’s nowhere for us to be, nowhere for us to go the place we’d be left in peace… That’s why I began crying.
That’s why I couldn’t stop. For all the things we might’ve had and all of the things we’re by no means going to have. ” This instance shows the desperation of Sephy as she realizes that because of the prejudices of her society she will never be allowed to be with Callum.
This movie relates again to occasions in the past in ‘our’ world with points such as discrimination and the mistreatment of people of a particular race or religion. An example of this is the class-system in America. For a few years African-Americans, (like Noughts), had been judged by their skin colour and treated as inferior beings. Author Malorie Blackman used specific examples from occasions within the Black Civil Rights motion within the novel to add impression to her novel. An example used is the pioneering achievements of Robert Peary.
Examples like these show that Noughts’ achievements are undervalued or ignored because they’ve white skin. I strongly believe it is important for kids of today to be educated on issues like these to take away all racisim. ‘The Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ states “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights…. Everyone is entitled to all of the rights and freedoms set forth on this Declaration, with out distinction of any kind, corresponding to race, color, intercourse, language, religion, political or different opinion, nationwide or social origin, property, delivery or different status.
This novel has made me imagine within the significance of training younger individuals on events and issues, like genocide (eg the Rwandan Genocide of 1994, only 18 years ago, where an estimated 7 Tutsi citizens had been brutally murdered each minute for a hundred days! ) and racism, to have the ability to forestall the longer term from changing into a place like in ‘Noughts and Crosses’. How are we to study from the errors of mankind if we are by no means educated on them? “Dreams of living in a world with no extra discrimination, no more prejudice, a good police pressure, an equal justice system, equality of education, equality of life, a level enjoying field… ” His name is Andy. ”
This gang associated short story “On the Sidewalk Bleeding” pertains to the theme of prejudice by exploring the thought of lost identification through group association. At the exposition of this story, Andy (a member of the ‘Royal’ gang) is stabbed by a rival gang (‘The Guardians’) throughout a ‘rumble’. The plot then follows Andy’s thought path as he slowly bleeds to dying. “The knife had not been plunged in hatred of Andy. The knife hated only the purple jacket. The jacket was as stupid meaningless thing that was robbing him of his life. ” Andy wears a purple silk shirt, a logo of his membership with the ‘Royals’.
In his dying moments Andy comes to the belief that people don’t see him as Andy, a human being, however a member of the ‘Royals’. At the climax of the brief story Andy makes use of his last energy to take off the jacket so that he may be Andy again. “I wish to Andy. ” Sadly, simply after his demise, Andy’s girlfriend Laura, finds Andy’s dead body and races off to discover a police officer. The police officer sees the purple ‘Royal’ jacket next to Andy’s body, the officer then proceeds to say “A Royal, huh. ” This exhibits that Andy’s efforts to remove himself from the gang have failed as the police officer judges him by the sight of the jacket.
The police officer associates Andy as part of the gang the ‘Royals’ and doesn’t see him as Andy, a sixteen year old boy. This short story by Evan Hunter has shown me how easily a person’s id could be misplaced through association and the way folks can understand you as a member of a group not a person because of an item of clothing. “The world didn’t know he was Andy. ” ‘Chinese Whispers’ directed by Stuart McKenzie and Neil Paddington additionally relates to racial prejudice or judgments based mostly on race earlier than actually meeting an individual.
The brief movie “Chinese Whispers” relies round Wellington teenager Vincent Chan’s struggle to fit in. Vincent confused by the two numerous features of his tradition. At the start of the film Vincent lives in fear of encounters with xenophobic bogans who dislike and harass Vincent as a end result of he’s Chinese. “Vincent is ashamed to be Chinese. ” Vincent feels strain to adapt to the ‘social norm’ of his age group. He turns his back on his father’s cultural methods and instead joins Swan’s triad gang. Swan offers Vincent an illicit world of reward.
Vincent sees this as a possibility to stand as much as xenophobic bogans however by becoming a member of the gang Vincent isolates himself from his household. Directors Neil Paddington and Stuart McKenzie use dark, blue lightening in lots of the scenes in ‘Chinese Whispers’ to painting the unhappy, sinister world Vincent is being lured into. This is an effective visual feature as a outcome of it stresses the results of Vincent’s decisions. An example of that is Vincent’s determination to conform to the Triad ways by taking illegal narcotics. Blue lighting is also used when Vincent’s father is sitting in a room lonely and longing for his distant son.
This New Zealand film has made me more conscious of the Chinese struggles in New Zealand. ‘Chinese Whispers’ has given me deep insight into the Chinese point of view and the pressures they stand up to. It has proven me the importance of being accepting of minorities and their differences. Stuart McKenzie’s and Neil Paddington’s film has also shown me how necessary it’s to finish xenophobia and prejudices so as to help folks like Vincent Chan to make better choices to keep a stability between their culture and becoming in to society. All men are harmful brutes, intruders, vagrants. ”
Haree William’s poem ‘Patches Hide No Scars’ refers to younger Maoris, turning their again on the means in which of their ancestors preferring the “direction, self-discipline and orders” of gang life. This New Zealand poem has captured the sad fact concerning the lack of the Maori culture because the lost youths flip to gang membership in a search to add which means to their lives. ‘Patches Hide No Scars’ relates to the concept of prejudice by describing the members of Maori gangs as one group, a whole, not a gaggle of individuals. How can we prosecute those already punished? How do we nice those misplaced on the street of no direction? ” Throughout this short textual content writer Haree Williams continually uses phrases like ‘we’ and ‘those/them’, by doing this the gangs (‘those’) are separated from the remainder of society (‘we’). By doing this Maori gangs distance from the relaxation of New Zealand is emphasized. This poem has raised inquiries to me: why do these youths find security in the guidelines and orders of gangs but not the rules and orders of regular jobs or life within the ‘normal’ society?
And what is society doing to make the children of the Maori race really feel like they do not belong in society? By studying and viewing these texts, ‘Noughts and Crosses’, ‘Chinese Whispers’, “Patches Hide No Scars’ and ‘On the Sidewalk Bleeding’, I have learnt of the struggles and pressures many people, fictional or not, suffer via because of the prejudices of contemporary society. “And identical to that, I’d been assessed and judged. Nurse Fashoda didn’t know the very first thing about me but she’d taken one look at my face and now she reckoned she knew my complete life story. ”