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WMST Analysis Paper 2

WMST Analysis Paper 2 - Analysis Paper 2 In the movie Crash...

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Analysis Paper 2 In the movie Crash , there are many signs of racial profiling, gender profiling, and class separation. This movie revolves around these three main ideas. The film is about racial and social tensions in Los Angeles. In this paper I will analyze how these ideas affect us in real life, as well as the movie. The movie is about several characters living in Los Angeles during a 36-hour period and brings them together through car accidents, shootings, and carjackings. Most of the characters shown in the film are racially prejudiced in some way and become involved in conflicts which force them to examine their own prejudices. Through these characters' interactions, the film seeks to show and examine not only racial tension, but the distance between strangers in America. The title, Crash , is a great similarity of how we deal with life, people, and our own experiences. Racial differences and physical characteristics may be interpreted as two distinguishing traits that separate us. I believe that it’s what keeps us apart. That leaves several intangible questions that the movie Crash illustrates. What are the origins of personal prejudice? Do individual experiences fuel standing stereotypes? Is it easier to perpetuate existing stereotypes because “things will never change?” Can people battle internal struggles within their own ethnic group? I always thought that racism occurred as a result of a person’s upbringing. If your parents were racist, there is a good chance that you will be a racist as well. At first glance, Matt Dillon’s character, John Ryan, exhibits characteristics typical of this theory. Ryan exhibited a close bond with his father and later we discover the roots of his racism. It turns out
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that his father was not racist towards black people.
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