Gran Torino: Prejudice Being a Lack of Information

“How does culture influence one’s belief systems and how can getting to know different cultures change your own belief system? Use the film and your own experiences in your answer”

It’s not too rare that we’ll hear some elder person speak negatively about a certain ethnicity or country, and mostly base their statements on pure stereotypes. That type of prejudice and racism is luckily not as common within the younger generation, and I have a specific idea as to why that is.

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist; a Character Analysis​

The main person, Changez, in “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” plays the part as the director in this particular book. We are being told and explained everything from his view and perception, in which results in the book not having any dialogue when in present time. Changez’s overall control when talking to the American (whom he introduces at the very beginning of the book) exceeds to the point of him even describing the man’s reactions to his statements. This creates a very captive atmosphere whenever there is lead to believe there is currently an interaction between them, but then again we’ll never truly know what’s actually going on considering he has total control of the storytelling. The only moments we get dialogues are when jumping back to the past, the people whom he mentions are limited and often shift between his love-interest Erika, and his co-worker Jim.

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