The hippo’s ‘big booty’ and the ‘jive talking’ zebra, further drive forward this notion of stereotyping. In the most basic of terms, stereotyping, can be brought on a by a thought formed of a specific group of individual, albeit it racial, gender based, socially or ageist and a certain behaviour that has been placed upon these groupings. “The workshy Jamaican crab in The Little Mermaid; the dark-skinned “evil” Arabs in Aladdin”, by describing the stereotypes aligned to each individual grouping, the author further emphasizes that, these are notions grounded in ill-founded prejudices and ignorance. 2. In paragraph 2, the author brings into question, the “dodgy” political nature of current animation.
Racial progress is a concept relating to equality between races, which is challenged by the two poems; Half-Caste by John Agard and Nothing’s Changed by Tatamkhulu Afrika. Both poems explore the portrayal of racism. Half-Caste is about the subject of treatment against mixed race people being one himself. Likewise Nothing’s Changed is based on discrimination, deliberating about non-whites and whites being treated differently. However John Agard comes across in a sarcastic method and Tatamkhulu clearly shows his anger and opinion in an angry mood.
Racism: Othello and LWT Film One of the main overarching themes in both Shakespeare’s original play of Othello and the LWT modern film appropriation is of racial discrimination. During the Elizabethan era, which is the context that the original play is set in, black people were considered to be alien to white society and were thought to be driven by passions and emotions instead of reason and intellect as white people were thought to be. They were believed to be imbalanced and dangerous and were hence labeled second-class citizens. Othello is a moor and is therefore an exceptional example of the discrimination black people received during this era, however is an unusual instance due to his high rank in the army. Throughout the play, animal imagery such as “an old ram”, “Barbary horse” and “beast with two backs” is used to describe Othello, which portray the racist attitudes held by society of the time and highlights the belief that black people were animalistic and therefore acted on emotions, lacking rational thought, like animals.
One might not think so. Interestingly enough, satire and humor can actually convert the devilish face of hopeless situations (such as being homeless) into more of an amiable one. For example, Alexie, in the short story “What You Pawn I Will Redeem,” marvelously integrates the aspects of satire and humor into the compelling adventure of a homeless American Indian. 1 http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2003/04/21/030421fi_fiction “What You Pawn, I Will Redeem” by Sherman Alexie is a sentimental, first person point of view story of hopelessness written in a comedic tone. This story creates a captivating character out of an old, alcoholic Indian and is used by Alexie to illustrate many overlooked issues in Native American culture, such as homelessness and redemption.
Melvin was definitely portrayed as at least an ambitious man by the mostly low angles of him. This allowed for the times of his weakness to be especially impactful. This ‘dream-within-a-dream’ storyline allows for autobiographical honesty and political and social poignancy dealing with racism and unresolved prejudice. A white boy born in the nineties can only go so far to analyze the social commentary of a different time and a different race, but from the history books and fiction, I’ll take a crack at it. Obviously, there was police brutality involving African Americans in the time that this movie was portrayed, and that was the major turn-off of “Song” to the major studios.
“I’ve seen the devil of violence, and the devil of greed, and the devil of hot desire, but, by all the stars! These were strong, lusty, red-eyed devils.” The repetition of ‘devil’ highlights Marlow’s animosity towards the men who have enslaved the Africans. Following Britain’s motives the men perceive their actions benefit the natives, however realistically as Marlow describes, they were “pretending, weak-eyed devils.” As we read on, Marlow’s recount of the natives as “erect and slow, with limbs like knots in a rope,” provides a confronting perspective of their welfare, and through the use of simile the reader is able to truly understand how
Perception v. Reality “The mask which the actor wears is apt to become his face” - Plato When viewing the documentary, Ethnic Notions, one might wonder in what ways the stereotypical images viewed have affected the images of Blacks. Although one could argue that the images seen were only devised to appeal to people of that time, these images seen in the documentary have had a lasting impact on the psyches of Blacks even to this day. As the documentary indicates, during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Blacks were perceived by America as contested stereotypical characters such as Uncle Tom, Mammy, Sambo and Zip Coon. Mammy, portrayed as being happy and content with her present condition, was used as a strategic aspiration to other female slaves. She was shown as the caregiver for the master’s kids, loving to the master’s kids, a tyrant to her own children, unattractive and pitch-black.
(Wikipedia 2014) As a result of Eminem’s actual ‘telling’ of his story (life), realism is characterized through gritty undertones and allusions to both physical and emotional battles (and battle ‘scars’). Eminem’s feelings are exposed, as is seen in the opening of the film where ‘Lose Yourself’ plays as a highlight (conducted through the main menu0 as scenes from the film pan through. This technique places him as central to the both the acting and writing in term of being a real ‘player’ throughout the storyline. The lyrics ‘Lose Yourself’ was written in-between breaks on the set of ‘8 Mile’ and (Eminem) rapped all three verses in one take (Rap Genius, 2014). This again lends to a realism of character and story in that the lyrics are
Although he is not actually terribly ugly, he does have unusual, extremely dark eyes. Actor, Robert Carlyle plays Gaz as quite a larrikin lacking the responsibility and maturity needed to spend the time with his eleven-year-old son that he so desires. It is also revealed amongst his friends (with surprisingly minor consequences) that Gaz has been to prison before. Gaz does care for Nathan, his son and shows this through the film. In fact, Gaz’s primary motivation for the strip show is to raise the money for payments his ex is demanding from him so he can continue to see Nathan.
Ironically, Waters himself is a sycophant when it comes to his superior white officers. The qualities that Waters doesn’t care for in C.J. are also embodied in himself. Also, within the movie’s narrative, the character Wilkie mentions that before Waters death he had plans to promote Peterson to a higher rank because Peterson is a great role model for African-Americans. This is also ironic considering that Peterson is the one who ultimately kills Waters.