Analysis of Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing"
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This paper scrutinizes Spike Lee's film's title, "Do the Right Thing", interpreting Lee's message as an appeal to look at our community and surroundings and "do the right thing." The paper proposes that Lee's definition of such would be exercising racial and class tolerance, valuing diversity within your community, and refusing to accept such violent injustices when they arise. The paper examines the use of sound, light, time, and space. The paper opines that Lee's film is a harsh look at the state of this country's race relations. Although exaggerated, the paper explains, this film is realistic in the sense that racial violence exists and often gets out of control. The paper concludes that Lee's point is that this violence is so unnecessary and entirely avoidable, yet little is done to intervene or put a stop to it.
From the Paper:"The film's title, "Do the Right Thing", gives a clue about the film's emphasis. This film is a harsh look at the rabid racism that still exists in modern American society and what can happen as a result if these prejudices are not abolished. The title "Do the Right Thing" gives the viewer the sense that Lee's idea of "doing the right thing" would be exercising racial and class tolerance, valuing diversity within your community, and refusing to accept such violent injustices when they arise. The dialogue does offer some expressions of what the film is about, such as when Jade, Mookie's well-dressed and beautiful sister, suggests that Mookie stop wasting time and get back to work because it is the right thing to do. Many neighborhood residents, including Da Mayor, Cee, and Ahmad, reject Buggin' Out's boycott proposal, as Sal has not done anything wrong to them and they enjoys his restaurant. They are doing the right thing by not acting irrationally and harassing a local businessman."
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Analysis of Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" (2010, July 31) Retrieved April 17, 2021, from https://www.academon.com/film-review/analysis-of-spike-lee-do-the-right-thing-128649/
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