A Language Film Directed By Joel Schumacher Essay

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A Time to Kill is a 1996 American drama film directed by Joel Schumacher. The film involves the rape of a young black girl named Tonya Hailey. The heartbroken black father Carl Lee avenges his daughter 's brutal rape by shooting the two dogmatic men responsible for the crime as they are on their way to trial. The film takes place in the fictional town of Canton Mississippi, a town where conflict between whites and black is a major problem. Schumacher utilises language throughout the film to convey the particular value that whites are seen far superior and dominant over blacks – white supremacy. In doing so, Schumacher uses a variety of language features including dialogue, costumes, background music, setting and characters as a way to promote the value that in society whites are far superior over blacks in down town Mississippi.
Schumacher constructs the film to promote the modern day attitudes that white supremacy is evil in American society in particular Canton, Mississippi. Schumacher is able to do this by the representation of two white red neck characters who convey the attitude of white supremacy as evil. At the start of the film the two rednecks are seen racing through a beaten up bush track in an old Ute, drinking alcohol, smoking, and carrying on like typical white drunken rednecks. Through the use of costuming Schumacher is able present these two characters to the audience in the ute with messy unclean mullets, dirty facial hair, smokes hanging out their mouth…

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