Sociology: Gran Torino Essay

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Gran Torino Racial stereotypes are seen in public on a daily basis. From movies to newspapers you can see subtle examples in almost anything. Shown in the movie Gran Torino, these stereotypes can provoke an inner motion for the worse or greater for the good as seen in the film. In this particular case, Nick Shenk who wrote the play write uses racial stereotypes to show how they can affect others and the positives that can come from breaking away from prejudice which was demonstrated beautifully in Gran Torino with a Vietnam veteran Walt Kowalski overcoming his prejudice after befriending some unlikely candidates, his Asian neighbors. Almost every character met throughout the movie uses racial stereotypes whether it is Walt Kowalski, Clint Eastwood, or the African American gangsters met for a short period. Once serving in the Vietnam War, Walt sees his next door neighbor as the same type of people he once fought against. Leading him to thinking this was true, young Tao was caught attempting to steal his ’72 Gran Torino. Contrary to his outlook and previous perception on Tao and his family they form a close mutual friendship after experiencing the Mong cultural customs their family shows him. Walt and his buddies share racial stereotypes in their everyday vocabulary which are all older white men. This itself is a stereotype in the sense that many immigrants or members of different ethnicities view these figures in the way depicted in the film which is not true. Seen to live in the past and reminisce throwing racial terms out every other sentence, older Caucasian men do not only idealize the days where the vast majority of population was predominantly white. Living next door to the prejudice old man is Tao and his family, a model example of what society believes to be an Asian household and customs. Stereotyped by Mr. Kowalski from the beginning by
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