Guess Who's Coming To Dinner Cultural Differences

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Doris Runnels Eng. 102 Professor Luper Cultural Change of the Image of Inter-Racial Relationships The way America has perceived both African American and white people has changed drastically in the past thirty years. Before, African Americans were considered to be the enemy and that whites are far more superior. Now, most times it is seemed to be no issue between the two races. The way that this cultural change has been professed can be seen in many films and their remakes. One in which I have chosen shows not only the perception of African American people, but also of white. The 1967 film directed by Stanley Kramer, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, tells of a white woman who brings home her African American fiancé to meet her parents. The 2005 remake directed by Kevin Sullivan, Guess Who, has a similar plot, but instead the woman is African American while her fiancé is white. These two films demonstrate the cultural change in America of how we perceive relationships between different races. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner is a story of Joanna…show more content…
One cause of this change could be the occurrence of the Civil Rights Movement. The Civil Rights Movement was one of the shifts that transformed the attitudes of the majority of American citizens and, according to the New Georgia Encyclopedia, made them realize that all people were entitled to live the “American dream.”Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner was made toward the end of this era, so of course there is a connection. The conflict within the movie is similar to the conflict associated with the movement because, as in both movies, the African Americans involved had to prove themselves to the opposite race. Only difference is, in the ’67 film, blacks were trying to prove their credibility to the “superior” whites, while as in Guess Who a white man had to show he was good enough for the “superior”

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