Essay on The Movie ' True Lies '

941 Words Jul 19th, 2016 4 Pages
On the other hand, while viewing the film True Lies, I found it very violent and infiltrating to the mind and soul. The protagonist Harry, is portrayed as a white traditional family man, who happens to be the head of his household. On the other hand, Harry’s wife Helen, is portrayed as the traditional mother/housewife character and is employed as a legal secretary, which is considered as a lower paying job in comparison to Harry’s. For this reason, women are treated as second-class citizens by men. According to Cawelti, “The history of violence is pervaded by racism and the violence associated with the protection of white male supremacy” (Cawelti 2004, 211). For example, it has proven by the Bureau of Justice Statistics that a “lower percentage of white drivers stopped by police in 2011 were searched (2%) than black (6%) […] drivers” (Bureau of Justice Statistics 2016). As a result of this, “incarceration rates, especially black incarceration rates, have soared regardless of whether crime is going up or down in any given community or the nation as a whole” (Childress 2014). The type of violence that occurs in the U.S. is stringently based on racism, culture, sexism, homophobia, religion, and class. According to Hanh, “watching a bad TV program, we become the TV program. We are what we feel and perceive. […] We turn on the TV and leave it on, allowing someone else to guide us, shape us, and destroy us” (Hanh 1991, 14). Unfortunately, society is brainwashed by the media, which…

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