Analysis Of The Movie ' The Help ' Essay

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Adapted from Kathryn Stocket’s novel of the same name, historic period drama film ‘The Help’ (2011) set within the infamously bigoted United States of America during the 1950’s and directed by Tate Taylor, presents the directorial perspective that the effects of racism within society can only be counteracted when someone with enough courage to do so, is able to accept that racial discrimination is an injustice. This particular stance on the issue of racism is constructed through use of juxtaposing the actions taken against racial discrimination by one of the main protagonists and her narrow minded and visibly racist peers, thus highlighting the courage required to take a stand for what is right. A generic convention, most prominent when communicating the suffering experienced by those disadvantaged through racial division is character dialogue which although obvious, is an extremely powerful technique in highlighting the degree of cruelty through which the targeted are oppressed. Contradictory to character dialogue in terms of subtlety, the filmic convention of camera angles is effectively, yet discretely used as a means of displaying how one’s realisation that all humans are equal, no matter their racial orientation, morally places them far above, even the most fierce bigot. Through the aforementioned techniques, the perspective on courage as a means to counteract racism in a widely racist society are effectively conveyed.

The juxtaposition of main protagonist Eugenia…

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