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Remember The Titans Essay

The film Remember the Titans directed by Boaz Yakin, is based on actual events set in Virginia in 1971. The T.C Williams high school’s football team became the unifying symbol for the community as the boys and the coaches learn to depend on and trust each other no matter what their colour of their skin

In the scene of the football team leaving for camp in front of the buses, the long shot of Gerry, Ray and Coach Boone shows that Coach Boone is eager to establish his dominance by humiliating Gerry Bertier in front of all the blacks and whites’ family members and the team. The long shot helps us to see clearly about the two races taking their own sides. The shot includes the two buses one for the blacks and one for the whites, all their families gathered in front of them and the coaches Boone and Yoast. The camera angle technique is used to highlight the segregation and to manipulate the perspective of the camera angle above the white and black crowd. This shot signifies how alone Coach Boone is against the boys and how he is struggling to unite their two races to become a team and work together.

At the time of Gerry’s funeral Mrs Bertier and Gerry’s best friend Julius are seen holding hands which shows a mutual respect for one another and a common loss between them. The close up in this scene shows us as the audience the interactions between the two races now and how far they have come along from what they were at the start of the film. This is a very important technique because it shows us how respect and friendship can overcome prejudice and hatred. By the coming together of the hands Julius and Mrs Bertier have shown us that people who are different can be united by our mutual acceptance of others.

The poem accepting the Differences by Audrey Heller displays many different positive examples to encourage you as an audience, to accept the differences between people that are not like you. In Accepting the Differences, Audrey Heller describes that you can attempt to get others to think like you but they will never properly follow through in understanding your differences. Heller uses a metaphor to emphasise the interactions that lead to acceptance. The metaphor “accepting the differences in people is what make the word go round” is helping to say when people accept the differences in in you and everybody else, the world will be peaceful and stress-free. As a result of this our community will overall be easier to feel comfortable in your own skin, to accept others that are different and for them to accept you.

In my opinion the poem and the film portray a similar message. As a result they both show us the destruction caused by racism and also that race doesn’t matter and can be set aside for the betterment of humanity. “We are all people, we are all the same”. By appealing to our emotions, we are convinced by the strong message that human life is one unique whole that can set aside differences to succeed.


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