Antisemitism and the Gentleman's Agreement

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Anti-Semitism and the Gentleman’s Agreement Cultural diversity includes opinions, appearances, values, and beliefs, as well as the categories of race, ethnicity, social class, gender, sexual orientation, and disability (Koppelman, 2011). One method of understanding cultural diversity is through films. Films are often used as vehicles to reveal, discuss, and explore relationships, conflicts, lessons, and/or history. In an attempt to analyze the cultural diversity portrayed in a film, I have chosen to watch and analyze “Gentleman’s Agreement”. The analysis of the film will take place in four parts: (1) conflict between minority and majority groups; (2) film’s perspective in approach to the problem of anti-semitism; (3)…show more content…
Wales’ response was: “Of course, you know it will be ‘Yes’ to the Green and ‘No’ to the Greenbergs.” This statement serves as the basis for establishing the conflict to be exposed. In addition to beginning and exacerbating conflicts, labeling can occur informally and formally. Informal labels are utilized by an individual or group of individuals to establish a means of identification for another individual or group of individuals. Formal labels are established by institutions, such as academia and government, as a means to identify an individual or group of individuals possessing similar characteristics. A label has the power to define the individual or group of individuals being identified. That power is equal to control (Koppelman, 2011). Both can have a positive or negative effect. Unfortunately, the labels used by the majority are meant to have a negative effect. In fact, the labels are meant to demean and hurt as much as possible. They are so negative that there seems to be the intent to drive the labeled individual and/or group away, so they are no longer present and able to interact with the majority. Within the context of the movie, the minority group referred to themselves as Jewish or Jews. When used to describe one’s self, I believe that the intent was to refer to one’s ethnicity, nationality, and/or religion, because they are strongly interrelated. Typically, the majority group labels itself in a way that clearly indicates

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