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Masculinity And Identity In Moonlight

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Humans are constantly criticized for being “different,” so forming an identity within a judgemental and violent community proves to be mentally exhausting. Moonlight (2016) by renowned director Barry Jenkins, vividly depicts three different stages of the life of a boy named Chiron while he transforms from a young boy to a man who struggles with coping to find who he truly is. Living in a poor crime-ridden neighborhood in Miami, Florida, Chiron goes through many trials and tribulations throughout his life to find who he is in a society that gives no mercy to anyone in it. Throughout this story, Chiron battles with forming an identity for himself as he comes to terms with being a homosexual black male who is trying to conceal the utmost fragility of who he really is. Through clever techniques used within the diegesis and mise-en-scene, Moonlight illustrates the difficulties a low-class homosexual African American man must experience throughout his life to be accepted into society as a result of not always conforming to ideas surrounding gender and race. Masculinity is presented throughout this film in a manner that forces Chiron to become isolated from his peers. As it is shown in opening of the “i. Little” chapter, he is instantly being ridiculed and severely bullied for being weaker than the rest of the boys in his class. It is stated in “Machismo and Hollywood’s Working Class” that, “Images of men are neither domesticated nor ‘sensitized.” This statement forms a parallel
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