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Parallels of Fate in Crash and Oedipus the King Essay

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Fate to most people is something that will inevitably happen in their lives, something that they are destined to have or to be. According to Dictionary.com, fate is defined as something that unavoidably befalls a person, but to others, fate is merely coincidence. The debate whether fate is apart of our everyday lives have been going on since the ancient greeks to today. The movie Crash parallels to the play, Oedipus the King, in that both of the characters experience some form of fate in their lives. Henceforth, this essay will discuss the media's portrayal of fate and how it is indeed, a part of our everyday lives. In the novel, Oedipus The King, Oedipus' father, Laius, met with the Oracle of Delphi who foretells him that…show more content…
The film Crash exemplifies the true definition of the word fate, which it is something that will uncontrollably befall a person, by showing the racial discrimination in the 21st century. In the movie, one of the supporting character, Officer Tom Hanson, is portrayed as someone who is aware of the racism happening in his society but because he is surrounded by a lot of social stereotypes, he ultimately becomes racist, in a sense that he did not trust a man in his car because of the color of his skin. Rewinding back to the scene, Officer Hanson offered to give a ride to an African American man on the street to a nearby city, in the car Officer Hanson acted serene and cool around the man making the viewers think that he believes in equality and justice for all, but when the African American man laughed at the Statue of Liberty replica in the car, Officer Hanson became hesitant and asks him to leave his car kindly, when he refuses and insists that he is sorry for messing around, Hanson ignores the apology and continues asking him to leave. The man reaches in his pocket, in a split second Hanson became cantankerous and pulled out his gun and fired! When he realized that the man did not have a gun but also a Statue of Liberty replica, Hanson is suddenly portrayed as a typical white police who lacked judgement and shot a man
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