Racism In Finding Forrester

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Finding Forrester, a 2000 drama movie, describes the experience of a young, black boy whose outstanding writing skills give him the opportunity to attend a better school. Though the movie talks about the difficulties of the main character (Jamal Wallase) who is a black skin person, interestingly, in my opinion, the main problem is not related to racism; there are a couple of racism behaviors but as secondary topics. In my opinion, the film refer to a variety of difficulties that low-class people face in the attempt of achieving success, at the same time, showing how valuable the feeling of friendship is. However, the most important issue I want to talk about is how much real Jamal’s act’s consequences are and how much those acts are justified. …show more content…
As I pointed out before, the main problem of the movie is not related to racism, though there are some subtle cases. For example, Jamal approached to a guy driving a BMW car. This guy seemed worried about his car according to Jamal just because Jamal was getting close. Then, the guy suggested that everybody that knows a little about that car brand should be worried. At that time, Jamal began to feel insulted about his possible knowledge. That is what I found incorrect and I should disagree with. From my perspective, the BMW owner was not trying to offend Jamal by suggesting ignorance, he even clarify it, but Jamal acted presumptuous expressing his knowledge. I was not an act of physical aggression but physiological; there was a little intention to laugh at someone else’s ignorance coming from Jamal against the car guy. Another way to illustrate my point is when William Forrester (the novel writer) notes Jamal’s skin color and said “remarkable.” Jamal got upset just because of the comment. Later on, the same Forrester clarifies that he did it just to see how much Jamal worried about racism insinuations, showing his sensibility and aggressive or protective instinct. In other words, though the little and subtle comments of possible racism were few, the main character looked sensible at them exalting …show more content…
His outstanding qualities at playing basketball and writing made him someone to worry about. I accept and like how the movie deals with it. Jamal’s natural talent could not be denied; I agree with the fact that is difficult to acknowledge someone else’s qualities if they are better that ours. However, there is also an irresponsible act that justifies some consequences Jamal had to face. He promised not to take out any piece of writing from Forrester’s apartment. His careless actions plus the feeling of envy coming from Jamal’s writing professor made him face plagiarism. Again, this situation ended much better than the majority of plagiarism

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