Gran Torino: Challenging Stereotypes Essay

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The film Gran Torino directed by Client Eastwood challenges The issues of stereotypes through the attributes of contemporary assumptions of status, gender and ethnicity. Exploring the themes of absence of a male dominate figure, enabling protagonist Theo to be a feminine figure exploits the idea of gender portrays the Hmong men to be stereotyped.Ethnicity and status also express multiple meanings through the cinematography and the Hollywood narrative style illustrates many representation of the western and eastern cultures These key terms gender, ethnicity and status all intertwine with each other during the entire film. The Hmong culture have been stereotyped by the western culture concerning that the American way is the only way which…show more content…
Theo is washing the dishes; he is controlled by his mother, sister and grandmother. He has no dominance what so ever, as Walt watches Theo be the feminine figure. The theme here illustrates this séance as a lack of male dominance. Alternatively also there is an enormous concentration on the male gender and the female characters are shadowed. Ultimately Sue, Theo's mother and grand mother and all Hmong women are represented to be immobilized and have no abilities to speak for themselves. We see this throughout the film as Theo's mother feels the need to have Walt as a protector and understand that Theo will repay for his mistakes of trying to steal his ran torn. the audience experience the lack of English by sue translating her mothers word to English to wards Walt, this illustrates how the female figure exploits the idea of incapability . This is also shown in how Sue is framed against h three young African American "thugs" who harasses Sue and white ' useless' boyfriend who had the inaptly to protect Sue from the 'thugs.' The editing of this sequence cuts to a mid shot of Kowalski driving by and encounters with the 'thugs' overpowering them with his gun. Kowalski become the heroic white American man, exposes that he has power not over the 'thugs' but also over Sue. Kowalski dominance proves this implication of dominance while he lectures Sue to avoid dangerous situations and the men she should be dating. The racial dynamics
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