The Film `` A Time `` : `` Directed By Joel Schumacher Essay

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The film A Time to Kill, directed by Joel Schumacher and released in 1996, represents the overall perspective that most white people in society believe they are superior to African-American people and as a result, African-American people have to fight against racial prejudice for equality and justice. This film follows the journey of an African-American man, Carl Lee Hailey, living in Mississippi in the 1980s, who is on trial for murdering the two white men who raped his daughter. The perspective is constructed through the careful choice of music utilised in particular scenes which assists in representing the African-American people’s fight for justice and change. The characterisation of Billy Ray Cobb and Carl Lee Hailey constructs this perspective as they represent the extremities of the attitudes of the two races, white and African-American. Another convention which adds to the construction of the perspective is the dialogue as it shows viewers how certain characters represent particular groups in society who offer input into the perspective created in the film.
The music played during the scene of Carl Lee Hailey shooting Billy Ray Cobb and James Willard, the two men who raped his daughter, in conjunction with the film being set in Mississippi displays his fight for justice for his daughter. The song used in this scene, ‘Take My Hand, Precious Lord’, originally by Elvis Presley holds large significance as it was the favourite hymn of Martin Luther King Jr and was also…

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