The Sociological Analysis Of Django Unchained By Quentin Tarantino

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Django Unchained is a movie by Quentin Tarantino that goes into the life of a frees slave named Django. Django with the help of a bounty hunter Dr. Schultz, set out to rescue Django’s wife from a brutal plantation owner she has been sold to. Django Unchained includes plenty of Karl Marx’s concepts of sociological theory including capital, labor exploitation, class struggle, materialistic ideology, accumulation and Emile Durkheim’s concept of crime.
KARL MARX CAPITAL Capital is instruments of labor which includes slaves under Karl Marx’s definition. Capital can be historically specific instead of just being materials. For example, a black person is a black person until someone makes him a slave in certain conditions. In Django Unchained, Django and his wife among many other slaves in the movie were made into slaves by the people that took them from their homes in Africa and brought them to America. They would not be slaves if these certain conditions had not happened but since they did, they became instruments of labor and capital for their owners to sell and use as they saw fit. Many slaves in the movie were nothing more than exchange value. “Exchange- value, at first sight, presents itself as a quantitative relation, as the proportion in which values in use of one sort are exchanged for those of another sort” (Edles and Appelrouth 2015:76). In the movie Django’s wife was to be sold to him and Dr. Schultz for $12,000 because that was what Mr. Candie believed her to be
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