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Unformatted text preview: Hum 205 March 31, 2008 Deep Cover Racial stereotypes were all around in this movie. It seemed as if all the low class citizens in this movie were minorities, and they seemed to subject to some sort of weakness. Lawrence Fishbourne was a strong person but he had the innate ability to be a great criminal. Jeff Goldblum's character in the beginning took on the prototypical Jewish person that was smart, rich and a lawyer. Fishbourne's superior took on the man with a go get'em attitude and seemingly would do whatever it took. Lawrence Fishbourne was an exception to all the stereotypical characters from the start. Eventually he got rich and powerful, with that came all the problems that money seems to bring. Fishbourne eventually fell into the stereotype he had been running from and became no different than his father. His character showed that the rich and powerful have their problems, as well that he can overcome them and do the right thing. His girlfriend was educated and cultured but couldn't escape the problems that high society brings with it. She too was able to kick the problems and had the power to find something better. There was the rich, family oriented Jewish lawyer. Jeff Goldblum couldn't shake the Jewish stereotype that they were smart and good with money. His darker side began to come out towards the end of the movie. He seemed to be happily married and had the American dream, but he it came known he is a thrill seeker; cheating on his wife, doing cocaine and wanting to grow in power. He showed that a Jewish man had the back bone to build a drug empire like a gangster could. He could be just as vicious and in the end was no different than a common thug. Fishbourne's superior embodied the white American with the relentless will of the pioneer to take down the drug lords. He served as the man that had everything in control and knew of everything that was going on. He had a will that wouldn't stop him from completing his case. Fishbourne was under the power of him, but as the movie goes it is found out that he has a different agenda coming from higher above. His character is flawed and even he, "God", can't even control what is going on. Lastly there is the portrayal of the minorities in the film. Fishbourne's father is a drunk and robs to feed his habit. Then there is Fishbourne's neighbor that is a drug addict and also will do anything to feed her habit. All the people that Lawrence Fishbourne is selling to or competing against are minorities and all seem to have street savvy. All the minor characters in the film were portrayed within their stereotypes. The main characters had a bit of both there stereotypes and other opposite perceived aspects. The main characters transitions were about their place in society and how money and class can change a person. Overall the movie had your normal stereotypical characters but it also seemed to go out of its way to show how society can make any race act, even its not apart of their perceived racial qualities. ...
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- Spring '08