Film Analysis Of The Movie: American History X

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Far too many issues today are the result of close minded people. These individuals are often ignorant and are in a nearly impenetrable state of mind. For some, it’s passed from generation to generation, too afraid to break free of the negative connotations instilled within them. The extreme hatred of another race is one so ingrained with in us, it can sometimes be unconscious. Yet, this hatred can stem from many places and is often hard to distinguish. In the case of the movie, American History X, even with new understanding, our past ideals can still come back to haunt us. All the same, in the case of Derek Vinyard, this idea reigns true. His beliefs stemmed from his father pushing him to have an extreme hate for African Americans. When…show more content…
He had to reacclimate himself and establish the new man he had become. I thought it was very important that Derek shared his time in prison with his younger brother Danny. Danny looked up to Derek and took everything he said with serious thought. Yet, this movie showed an excellent family bound and in the end how that can help better society as a whole. Sadly, not all people can change and Derek’s past came to haunt him. The man that Derek killed, his little brother ended up shooting and killing Danny. I thought this was an ironic and tragic instance. It shows that though we may be making progress there is still a long ways to go. However, revenge only causes problems. In the broad sense, Derek’s gang was sprung from hate and revenge, which ultimately lead to all of these catastrophic events. This is best summed up by Danny, when he adds this quote from Abraham Lincoln just before he dies. “We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.” Overall, that could not happen in the case of Derek and Danny for the circumstance of his death. Still, it was a step in the right direction. Racism is merely a social construction developed by our society over a long period of time. The examples and events that continue

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