Pac Man Film Analysis

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Sean Penn (Pac Man) took both functionalist and conflict perspectives. Examples from the movie to support my thinking on why Pac Man took the functionalist perspective is, because he believed that everyone needed to follow the laws and respect the police whom were a high power and with the respect of this power everything would run smoothly and the police would get the gang members and drug dealers off the streets. I do not think his approach as a functionalist perspective was effective because no one on the streets took him serious and all hated him for the most part. Therefore, they we’re not going to respect him but make a mockery of him. Examples of him taking the Conflict perspective is his racist attitude towards the minority people …show more content…
Examples from the movie to support why he took the symbolic internationalist perspective is Hodges trying to build some type of relationship with the gang members, where they can help each other out by them providing him with information and in return he doesn’t take them down to the station, or keeps something off on of their records. Secondly, when he was trying to show Pac Man ways of becoming an honorable and respectable police officer and how to treat a lady/keep a wife if he ever was to get one. Examples of the functionalist perspective was shown when Hodges created respect and structure between the gang members and himself. Mostly, with Frog’s gang because they knew exactly what to do and how to act when they see Hodges and anyone else he was with and had a common ground. I believe Hodges approaches where effective for the most part because people really listened to him, respected him, and followed his orders. But, was also not effective because there were still some crime going on between the gang members. Frog took the conflict perspective and symbolic internationalist …show more content…
Strain theory describes the gangs and their behavior because their approved means of achieving approved goals is blocked yet they are exposed to cultural goods. Examples from the movie are gang members seeing all these nice things in the world and the drug dealers and gang bangers have it. Therefore, after they see them with it they get involved with the same activities to try to reach these goals and achieve these cultural goods. Intersectional approach describes the gangs and their behavior because of simultaneous effects of race, class, gender, and their backgrounds on deviant behavior. Examples from the movie are them not coming from families where there is not a lot of struggle, many people of their communities are not in school, and they are minority groups. Differential theory also describes the gangs and their behaviors because many join the gangs and get involved with deviant behavior because of frequent interaction with others who are more favorable towards deviance than conformity. An example from the movie is Frog’s little brother Felipe, whom eventually joined the gang because all he was doing was getting involved in deviant behavior and hanging out with deviant gang bangers. Lastly, opportunity theory described the gangs and their behaviors because they had access to illegitimate opportunities, which is how they achieved many goals. Examples of opportunity theory in the movie is the gang members wearing new clothes, driving nice cars, and wearing nice

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