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FINAL_DRAFT_ESSAY_5 - Alexander Muhr Jay Fisher WRIT-140 Norma Rae Business is the Boogie Man The film Norma Rae delves into the experience of one

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Alexander Muhr Jay Fisher WRIT-140 November 28, 2005 Norma Rae : Business is the Boogie Man The film Norma Rae delves into the experience of one woman who decides at a turning point in her life that the common worker garnered certain rights. The movie grapples with topics of a worker’s right to fair pay, reasonable working hours and acceptable working conditions. Norma Rae, the character played by Oscar Winner Sally Field, is based on a mix of women workers activists, based mainly on Crystal Lee Jordan of North Carolina. She was one woman, who in the 1970s decided to take on her employer, J.P.Stevens Cotton Mill, on the subject of pay and working conditions in general. The way to accomplish solidarity among workers was to form a union to be able to take control of their own workplace to be treated more fairly as employees. But the movie itself has an inherent flaw and that is the fact that it is not a documentary, which takes into account both sides of the story. Norma Rae focuses primarily on the dilemma, which she herself and the union organizer, Reuben Warshowsky, are facing. On the other hand there is the business and managerial side, which also must have had a tough time with the situation. Since the film is more an editorial piece on the actual story, the managerial portion of business, however small, is represented in an unfair manner because of the use of characters and certain exaggerations brought through the lens to affect the viewers. Since Norma Rae is not a documentary, the ability to tailor a film to the view of a certain group of individuals is much easier, which is explicitly seen in the scrutiny towards workers in managerial positions and American business. The movie is able to use 1
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the camera and other tools of the trade to create certain ideas about groups of people, in this case the businessmen. A great example, which encapsulates the menacing perspective put upon the managers, is in the opening scene. We are introduced to a cotton factory and all throughout the introduction we hear the machines, getting louder and louder. The literally deafening noise that emanates from these machines is significant of the business and its depiction of being over controlling and careless. Many employees
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This essay was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course WRIT 140 taught by Professor Alvandi during the Spring '07 term at USC.

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FINAL_DRAFT_ESSAY_5 - Alexander Muhr Jay Fisher WRIT-140 Norma Rae Business is the Boogie Man The film Norma Rae delves into the experience of one

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