The Social Issue of Racism | English Mock Exam, 20.04-20

This essay will attempt to compare and contrast two movie characters who make an effort to make a difference within the social issue of racism. There are a large range of films and texts in which the plots revolve around the issue of racism, and in which the characters pursue an objective to combat racism.

This essay will scrutinise two examples of such characters introduced in movies, namely the character Katherine Jonson in Hidden Figures, and Herman Boone in Remember the Titans.

Hidden Figures is a movie released in 2017, which tells the incredible story of Katherine Jonson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson. The movie was written by Theodore Melfi and Allison Schroeder and is based on a true story. We meet three African American women who work as computers at NASA in the 1950s-1960s, calculating flight trajectories. (Morgenstern, 2017) In the film, they are attempting to help America win the space race against the Soviet Union, fighting to be the first to send a man to space. (Wikipedia, 2020)

One of the three women in particular, namely Katherine Johnson, played a crucial role in combating the social issue of racism in this film. She was vital in the success of John Glenn to become the first person to enter space. Moreover, she was the first colored person in her office. Grabbing her chance when she was moved from the computer office to the new office, she decided to attempt to prove to people what she, as a representative of women of color, was capable of.

Through attempting to be as successful as she could possibly be, she wanted to help reduce racism through proving that black people were capable of playing important roles in society.


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