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Dempsey 1 Tim Dempsey American History X Paper 2 American History X Heroes are everywhere . They are the police and the firefighters that protect us to the kid who stands up to the bully on the school yard . The only difference between the two is that the police and firefighters follow certain laws and restriction when they do their job; while the brave kid does what he feels is right and wrong . Robert B. Ray, author of The Thematic Paradigm defines two different kinds of heroes; official heroes, who follow certain laws and restrictions and outlaw heroes who do what they individually believe is right . In the movie American History X , there are certain characters that exhibit Robert B . Rays characteristics of official and outlaw heroes . American History X directed by Tony Kaye, is a powerful story about Derek Vineyard, a neo-Nazi gang leader from Venice Beach, California . The movie tells a story of his current life, with flashbacks to his past . During these flashbacks, we see the beginning of Derek’s neo-Nazi ways . In a breakfast conversation with his father, Derek is concerned with an English test he has to take later in the day . The class is taught by an
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Dempsey 2 African American teacher, Dr . Bob Sweeney, and when his father learns that he is black, he tells Derek not to believe everything he teaches him . However, Derek insists that Dr. Sweeney is a brilliant man, and this only infuriates his father . Mr. Vineyard, a local firefighter, tells Derek how he has two new firefighters in his house, and the only reason they got the job was because they were black . He tells him that he does not feel safe on the job, because they have incompetent people working with him . His concern then turns into a tirade about black culture and affirmative action which he calls “affirmative blacktion .” However "compromised" his vision has become, Kaye's scenes register with tremendous power as well as with a certain fierce beauty . For years a successful commercials and video director, Kaye, who also served as his own cinematographer, indisputably knows how to stage dramatic action to potent visceral effect, and only occasionally goes too far and overstates his case (McCarthy) . We later learn in the movie that Derek’s father was shot and killed by a drug dealer, after he was trying to put out a fire in a crack house . During a live interview for a local news station, Derek speaks furiously about how he feels Blacks and Mexicans are ruining this country . He goes on to say that our European ancestors prospered in a generation or two, but Blacks which were freed almost 150 years ago still have not gotten their act together, and that we should close our borders .
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Dempsey 3 Derek is completely distraught by the situation . He meets Cameron Alexander, the adult leader of a neo-Nazi gang called the Disciples of Christ (D .O.C.), and Cameron easily manipulates
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This test prep was uploaded on 04/22/2008 for the course ENGL 001 taught by Professor Crassons during the Spring '06 term at Lehigh University .

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