American History X Essay

American History X Essay - Matthew Laurinec November 1 2007...

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Matthew Laurinec November 1, 2007 Communications 220, Rocco American History X- High Art or Popular Culture American History X is a movie that can be viewed in many lights. As I watched this movie I was drawn to many different feelings. When told that we would have to distinguish this movie as either High Art or Popular Culture I thought that it would be a simple task to take on. Once things got underway in the movie it became less and less easy. I tried putting my self in the time period where all this was happening, maybe things would be better understood if I could feel the same emotions that the characters in the movie were feeling. Never the less when all was said and done I was now faced with the task of deciding between high and low culture. I looked over my notes time and time again trying to decide how it could be viewed and what direction to take the paper. I finally came up with the conclusion that American History X is a movie that has both high and low culture. It takes a transformation from starting in the gutter of low pop culture, and it gets carried all the way out to some of the highest culture ever viewed. Now before you call me into your office like Dr. Sweeny to tell me how bad my paper is hear me out. The characters of American History X evolve throughout the movie. Derek is shown as a violent Neo Nazi party leader in the beginging. As we get towards the end of the movie Derek wants nothing to do with the skinheads. Danny is caught up in the middle of following in his brothers’ footsteps. As Derek comes out of prison Danny becomes more and more influenced to get away from the idea of white supremacy. There I. Identify II. Describe
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are many other characters, which take on the rolls acting as Derek’s patterns and followers. The people in jail also have their own style and add a certain spin on the movie. Plot is driven from many places and takes on many forms. There are actually two plots that I saw throughout the movie. The black and white portions serve as a great way to symbol a flashback. The flashbacks take on many forms, which move the plot along.
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  • Spring '08
  • Rocco
  • Communications, High culture, Low culture, Derek

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