Gran Torino - Clint Eastwood

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'Sometimes, the most unexpected events enable individuals to grow.' How is this shown in Gran Torino?
The key point in Clint Eastwood’s film, “Gran Torino” is all about the necessities of becoming a man and being important to society. The characters in “Gran Torino” undergo changes within the film that were caused by traumatic events that occur in the film. Thao gains confidence and becomes a man, finally realising his usefulness in the world. Walt gains new views and perceptions of the world around him and even learns to let go of his past. However, character development doesn’t extend out to all characters within the film, but situates on the most important individuals within the movie.
Thao Vang Lor isn’t the protagonist of “Gran
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Walt mentions on the day of his birthday that all he really eats is his beloved beef jerky. This kind of food symbolises his life; dry, flavorless and generally lasting for quite a long time, that is, until the Hmong people started to walk up to his house and give him bountiful food, full of colours and many different tastes. Racism was something Kowalski liked to throw around, casually calling the Hmong people things like; “Gooks” “Zipper heads” (Zips) “Swamp Rats” and many more. Walt uses these racial slurs in a mean way at first, constantly criticising the Hmong people. An example would be when the Hmong people first congregate at the Vang Lors’ house for the birth of a child and Walt sees them all walk into the house with all kinds of Hmong food. His comment is “How many swamp rats can you get in one place anyways?” he then spits on the ground in disgust and walks off. This refers to the times he uses racial slurs in a mean demeanor. After getting to know the Hmong people, Walt uses racial slurs in a friendly manner. An example of this would be during the Hmong barbecue that Walt was invited to. After the psychic reading, he says; “Why don’t we go down and get some of that good gook food? I’m starving” this is one of the times where he didn’t mean for the term to be used in a cruel way at all. After the terrifying, psychic reading, Walt sees the full truth; "I've got more in common with these gooks
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