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Copy of Do The Right Thing: Significance of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King JR
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Significance of Malcolm x & Martin Luther King JR What's the right thing? Who is Martin Luther King &
Malcom X? Setting: New York City Significance of Music Fight the Power ? but how? Martin Luther King JR MALCOLM X Role of Setting in Do The Right Thing Race & Conflict Martin Luther King was an American Clergyman born 1929 Activist and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement Renowed for using non violent methods, following the teachings of ghandi His non-violent methods were not shared by younger generations "Violence as a way of all achieving radical justice is both impratical and immoral. It is impracticle because it is a decending spiral ending in distruction for all" Malcolm X was a Muslim Minister and a human rights activist born 1925 Advocated complete segregation of African-Americans from white people Rejected the Civil Right Movement's practice of non-violence Advocated self defence by any means necessary " It doesn't mean that I advocate violence but at the same time I am not against using violence in self-defense. I don't call it violence when it's self defense, I call it intelligence." Microcosm of NYC, USA and globally Realism-Opening scene on a stage. Impact of the heat Scoring the Perfect Score Rap music in general, as well as in this movie, is self reflexive of the teachings of powerful black leaders
The dominate song within Spike Lee's do the Right Thing is Public Enemy's Fight the Power
Some might say that Spike Lee's choice to use this song refers to what he determines is the right thing within the course of this movie.
Music is often put within juxtaposition of the teachings. Malcolm X: “Our freedom of speech is our freedom or death, We’ve got to fight the powers that be, Lemme hear you say, Fight the power” “We’ve got to fight the powers that be” / “People, people were all the same, No we’re not the same, ‘cause we don’t know the game”. Martin Luther King: “From the heart, it’s a start, a work of art, To revolutionize to make a change, nothing’s strange, people, people we are all the same” / “What we need is awareness we can’t get careless”. The progression of differing ideologies Mookie changes from passive, Martin Luther King's strategy and becomes more violent...Malcolm X influence? Radio Raheem's constant antagonistic attitude Mister senior love daddy's constant support of peaceful strategies Race and Conflict Issues of race between a small community; a microcosm of New York and America
•Spike Lee’s own personal perception of the issues of the time
•Not trying to SHOW the audience what the right thing to do is, but instead ASK what is the right thing to do? Conclusion
Through analysis of both the movie and the critical texts, it has become clear that both Malcolm X and Martin Luther King play a very important role to the movie as a whole. Their presence makes the ideologies, scores, and action all the more impactful during the viewing proccess. Work Cited Books
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