Can T Stand The Heat Scene Analysis

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Register to read the introduction… Later that night, the two men demand that Sal change the pictures on the wall. Radio’s stereo is at its highest volume and Sal yells and destroys Radio’s boom box, which cause a fight to break out. The police arrive at the scene and Buggin' Out is arrested and Radio is killed during the riot. The crowd is enraged about his death, causing the mob to burn his store down. Smiley, the owner of the Korean market, goes back to Sal’s store, and hangs a picture of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. on what's left of Sal's "Wall of Fame.” The film ends with two quotations, the first, from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Violence is never justified under any circumstances.” The second, from Malcolm X: “Violence is not violence, but "intelligence" when it is self-defense.”

When watching the “Can’t stand the heat” scene, we get a better understanding of the weather, the emotions, and the racial hatred which puts such a strain on the neighborhood. We understand what is happening during the scene with Lee’s use of color, angles, sound and the way he portrays certain
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Two African American boys open the fire hydrant and boys and girls are playing in the street, cooling off from the heat when a well-dressed, Italian man driving a nice car pulls down the street. He yells and threatens them that if his car gets wet there will be trouble. The use of word choice by the man tells us he thinks he is better than them and seems to dislike the African American people of the neighborhood. The man is also rude and disrespectful to the police officers helping him, telling us yet again, that he thinks he is better than everyone else.

Lee uses this scene, and the film as a whole to create an art form to forcefully communicate and display the racism and hate occurring in life. Do the Right Thing is a street-smart movie that doesn’t depend on one hero or villain to determine the plot, but uses small racial incidents that eventually explode into violence. This particular scene helps carry the plot of the movie, and helps contribute to the entire meaning of the movie. By including these angles, colors and sounds in the scene, Lee is providing the gateway that allows the audience to understand what is occurring at that moment in

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