Untitled document (6).pdf - Professor Christian November 4...

This preview shows page 1 - 3 out of 6 pages.

Professor Christian November 4, 2019 Intro to AAS Claudine The movie Claudine presents a story of a single mother with six kids who gets aid from the government through welfare. One of the themes throughout the movie, was poverty. Since Claudine was on welfare a social worker would come every so often to ask her questions pertaining to things that would increase her monthly earnings. Many of the questions asked were personal such as her dating life. The social worker was required to ask these questions because if she had a husband he would be required to take care of her and her kids; ultimately taking away her welfare benefits. Claudine was not required to work, as this would lessen the amount of welfare she would get. The welfare office referred to this as cheating as in their eyes you were getting too much money. This ties into American’s belief of people who are on welfare are lazy while when they try to help themselves they are committing fraud. Another theme presented includes emasculation of the black man through the character Charles, Claudine’s oldest son. In the film, we see that Charles is apart a black activist group. This brings irony to the film when he later gets a vasectomy because he did not want to bring any kids into this world. Without knowing he is ultimately giving back power to the whites which he has been fighting so hard against. Throughout the movie, subtle stereotypes of the black community were presented. The stereotype of the black man
not condoning to his kids was heavily presented through the film. As first glance, we are introduced to Roop as a single man who lives alone. He doesn’t appear to have kids but it is

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture