Essay on Gender, Race, And Social Class

746 Words Nov 3rd, 2016 3 Pages
In terms of how gender, race, and social class, films are portrayed throughout Hollywood as a form of patriarchy, where men and masculinity are highly favorable, or privileged, in comparison to women and femininity (Benshoff & Griffin, 2009, p. 213). These films tend to be very sexist, which Benshoff and Griffin (2009) define as, “the belief that one sex is inherently superior to the other” (p. 214). There is also evidence that films, especially those set in the South, are extremely racialized and display a fictional space or image.
The Color Purple was released in 1985 and immediately, it gained much controversy about black cultural representation, racism, gender roles, and social classes. Overall, it is a movie adaptation of a novel that depicts the cruelty of being raised in the south during the early years of the twentieth century. It is here where we learn of prejudices not just between races, but among same race relations. The movie is based on the character, Celie, and brings us through her life from a battered child to an empowered adult.
We are first introduced to the prejudices within her family, Celie is abused by the man she thinks is her father and belittled at every turn by her mother. While Celie is thrown into a life of slavery and incest at her parent’s hands, her younger sister, Nettie is somehow protected and educated. Celie has very little education can barely write and has no self-worth. We…

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