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Title of Assignment – Move Analysis Paper - CRASH
Student’s Name – Emmanuel Rweyemamu
Professor/Institute – Dr. Lisa McDonnell
Course, Date – SOC 1101

Analysis of Movie, Crash
Introduction and Thesis: Written and directed by Paul Haggis, “Crash” was released in 2004. The movie highlights the trials and tribulations experienced by a various racial ethnical groups from varied geographical locations. Acculturation is not easy for these several Racial Groups such as Hispanics, Asians, or Africans, as the incidents in the film covering a time span of 36 hours, reveal. The characters are portrayed in the context of several ethnic stereotypes in prevalence, even in the 21st century due to ethnic differences. To illustrate, “The predominant modern stereotypes are the violent, brutish African-American male and the dominant, lazy African-American female - the Welfare Mother (Green, 1998-1999, p. 1).”
Set in a mixed society of different cultures the aim is to prompt the audience into ‘looking into themselves’ and acknowledge their own personal prejudices; they are overt or covert racists too. The 3 elements of cultures openly portrayed are the language used, the norms maintained by society, both formal and informal. As far as how many viewers actually have the courage to accept their faulty mindsets, is left to them. While at first glance, the movie appears to send out a passionate appeal about ending racism and discrimination, an in-depth probe reveals that the ‘wrongness’ of proclaiming Whites as a superior race, albeit subtly, is actually not acknowledged at all; the excuse of personal problems suffices to let them off the hook quite easily.
Symbolic Interactionism Theory: It seems as if the director is in a dilemma regarding the acceptance of underlying racism and the total abolishment of existing racial tensions in the U.S. This might be better understood via an…...

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