Relates To "When We Were Kings", "Bowling For Columbine", And "Do The Right Thing"

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Force is something that we have all experienced. Force can be positive or negative. Violence and persuasion are two types of force that are present in the three movies. The three movies we watched in class all use force to get their message across. In Bowling for Columbine Michael Moore uses persuasion as a type of force; while Do the Right Thing and When we were Kings use violence as a force. Force can have a great impact on a person's opinion. These movies use force to tell their story and incorporate ideas on violence and persuasion and how they can be used as a tool to change peoples opinions. These movies had themes like racism, hypocrisy, and objection and used violence and persuasion as a force to get their message across.
"When We Were Kings" uses violence as a force to show something greater. The movie isn't really about the actual fight between Ali and Foreman. It was about the symbolism that this fight possessed, especially about Muhammad Ali and the causes he fought for. Ali refused to be drafted by the American government to fight in Vietnam. Many people came to love Ali for this reason. He wasn't scared to go against the government. This was not something that was happening everyday. Not a lot of people went against the government. Many people appreciated the courage he had and the swagger he walked with. Ali was loved in Zaire and in the United States. George Foreman was not a favorite in Zaire. Violence is a force used in When We Were Kings. One of the ways it was used was in a constructive manner; the fighters were doing it for the sport and to help the country of Zaire. They also had some of the best black musicians in the business perform during the fight They had performances by B.B. King, Brian McKnight, James brown and many others. This was Mobutu Sese Seko way of getting his country on the map.
"Bowling for Columbine" is a persuasive documentary. Throughout BFC Michael Moore takes a journey around the United States, revealing facts about the media and exposing the United States government in its contribution to gun violence in this country. He reminds us that on the same day that the two teenage boys were holding their high school hostage, killing 13 and wounding others; the United States government had just bombed a Balkan country. It was one of the biggest bombings ever; destroying hospitals and elementary schools killing hundreds of innocent people. It was a media story that did not receive as much attention as the Columbine High School shootings. He believes that people don't kill people but guns kill people ( Loverro).
Moore uses force in a destructive manner to make America and its love for arms look bad. He wanted to show that Americans, especially people in Middle America place a very big importance on firearms. The first scene that shows force is "The Wonderful World" scene. In this sequence, it shows horrible images of dead people, with various facts and figures shown at the bottom of...

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