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How Race Affects The Role A Character Plays And Reality

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Usually as a viewer, you watch certain movies for the purpose of getting entertained. While, generally a person looks for movies because of the superficial amusement that it brings them; they never really tend to think deeply into the content of the movie. However, from reading Signs of Life, included in the essay are two examples of literary pieces. These pieces will allow the reader to reflect upon everything they more than likely disregard when it comes to watching movies. The two literary pieces consists of The Offensive Movie Cliché That Won’t Die by Matt Zoller Seitz and Race Relations Light Years from Earth by Mitu Sengupta. The Offensive Movie Cliché That Won’t Die piece focuses on the critique of the “Magical Negro”, which is seen throughout several movies as the virtuous African American that paves the way in favor for the white protagonist’s success. While, Race Relations Light Years from Earth centers around instead of the “White Messiah”; which generally means a white protagonist thrown into a world that is viewed as “inferior” to his kind. Where from that the “White Messiah” gains their trust and acts on righteousness (but viewed as “betrayal” from his kind), to help restore the inferior land and fight back. The similarities within these pieces are that both authors have the purpose to inform the readers in mind, regarding the central theme describing that when movies tries to elate the status of race as good, it in turns cause an opposite effect. Both authors also used an abundant supply of supporting details and some visual aid to get the reader to understand the essay. The main difference is in the major ideas revolving around how race affects the role a character play and reality.
Starting with, the similarities between the two literary pieces begin with the author’s purpose, the supporting details, and the visual aid used to get the reader to understand the essay. The authors’ purposes for both essays were to inform the reader on the relationship between race and common movie roles. As mention earlier, The Offensive Movie Cliché That Won’t Die brings to attention that the primary function of African Americans’ roles in most movies tend to be seen as supporting character that brings the white protagonist to glory. The supporting details are included from examples of movies such as “Will Smith in The Legend of Bagger Vance, Laurence Fishburne in The Matrix….” (408). Visual details include the picture with a scene from the movie The Green Mile (409). The condemnations of these roles are that while movies producers insist that the African American roles are just are important as the white lead, the author disagrees. According to Seitz, “the relationship is that of master and servant. And not a real servant, either: one that really, truly lives to serve, has no life to speak of beyond his service to Da Man, and never seems to trouble himself with doubts about the cause to which he’s devoting his time and energy.” (408-409). Many...

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