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Gran Torino Abi Zusammenfassung

 Gran Torino
Walt Kowalski
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Lives alone with dog Daisy in a neighbourhood full of Asians
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• Traditional family

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Zusammenfassung: Ambiguity of Belonging, Walt, Thao, Sue & Hmong community

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Gran Torino Walt Kowalski ● • Lives alone with dog Daisy in a neighbourhood full of Asians and other ethnic minorities • Traditional family bonds: he expects his family to come to the funeral of his wife and to dress/ behave respectfully • Worked for ford his whole life His wife Dorothy Kowalski died Distant to his children and grandchildren bad family relationship ● • conservative conception of society: white predominance ➜ he once moved to Highland Park (former all-white middle-class neighbourhood) ➜ he used to live next to people with the same ethnic and cultural background; now he is almost the only white American lef • racial prejudices: uses racial slurs to express his contempt for his Hmong ● neighbours and the African American gang • he does not distinguish between different Asian ethnic groups, for him, they are all alike ● → Patriotism ➜ he cannot understand his son's choice of a Japanese Toyota; he complains to his son Mitch that he did not support the American industry by buying a "rice- burner ● • alienated from the changing world around him Really closed up and vulnerable because of his wife's death and his past ● Korean war veteran only friends: old war buddies he meets at a bar; Italian barber; Tim at the construction site →shaped his deeply rooted patriotism (only one with an American flag outside his house) → source of...

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his racial prejudices → tendency to solve problems with his gun he brought home from war haunted by his experience of killing people his bad conscience has prevented him from finding peace with himself → the Hmong neighbours remind Walt of his war crimes ● Really conservative beliefs and values ➜ he is still living in the past ➜ he is an "outdated old-timer" like his precious Gran Torino; „still living in the '50s" • → maintaining his property is his last defence against the change around him Tries to be self-reliant in many aspects: self-defence, living alone, in control of himself → maintaining his property ➜ unable to understand the changes around him; he cares for his vintage car like a father for his child • his conservatism, patriotism and racial prejudices make him a typical ● representative of his generation brought home from the war ● • he spends most of his time sitting alone on his porch, reading, drinking beer, or ● overlooking the street • he is alienated from his two sons and their families → portrayed as a grumpy loner ➜ he never tells his family what is really bothering him; he conceals his lung cancer from his sons -Walt and his sons don't really know each other →Mitch's birthday present indicates that they think he is restricted in his physical abilities Masculinity is very important to him → his behaviour is stereotypically masculine; solving problems on his own, protecting and defending himself and others with a gun; his strategy of solving conflicts is to use force ● • Lor family changes him from a racist old man to someone who sacrifices himself for a Hmong family ➜ he has to learn that he has more in common with his Hmong neighbours than with his own family; they share a conservative belief in sticking to one's own country and traditions self-reflection in the mirror at the Hmong party → turning point in his life; starting point of taking Thao under his wing → he becomes a male role model for Thao; the Hmong become his substitute family • Walt realizes that he is responsible for the escalation of violence sacrificing himself in the confrontation with the Asian gang, he finally finds peace as he takes the chance to atone for his lifelong guilt → redeemed from his sins, salvation Thao Lor “Toad” ● ● ● ● ● 16-year-old teenager who grows up in a female dominated household (with his sister Sue, his mother, and his grandmother) without any male role model ● Thao's father was very traditional → he educated them according to Hmong values (e.g., to be obedient), but failed teaching them to adapt to American society -lacks self- confidence; torn between gender roles and national identities he does not know where he belongs, searches for an identity in the first half of the movie Thao's male identity is questioned → the Latino gang asks him whether he is a "boy or a girl"; Walt says that he is a “pussy” and that he has got "no balls" he is born in the United States, but he cannot deny his Asian roots → in the beginning he lacks everything which is generally seen as part of an ideal American man easy to push around; pressurized into joining the Hmong gang → after his initiation ritual (stealing the Gran Torino) fails, he wants to keep a distance; the Hmong gang tries to take him by force; without Walt's interference he would have ended in their custody as compensation for his attempted theft, he has to do jobs for Walt Kowalski → at first time in his life, he succeeds in doing men's work -he begins to shape up the neighbourhood/ works for the community (e.g., repair and paint the neighbours' houses) →he rises to the tasks presented to him Thao suffers from his resistance to join the Hmong gang (e.g., he gets injured by them; drive- by-shooting) Walt becomes like a father for Thao → he helps Thao to be manned up in his behaviour and language; he teaches and supports him • being taught to talk and behave like a man, he grows from a teenager to a young man Thao starts dating the Hmong girl Youa first, he accepts the brutality of the gang and does not want Walt to do anything against it → after Sue's rape, he wants to take revenge and he is willing to kill them he is locked up in the basement of Walt's house, because Walt wants to keep him from getting blood on his hands Thao inherits Walt's Gran Torino → final step in becoming a grown-up man; gives him the opportunity to assimilate into American society Sue Lor • 17-year-old confident, strong young woman she is quite smart; intellectual superiority to her male counterparts → e.g., reaction to the African American men who start to harass her: she alludes to their racial stereotypes and criticizes them for their flawed language → she has the courage to stand up to them: e.g., she makes fun of Spider's name due to her self-confidence, she does not shy away from open confrontation with the Hmong gang or the African American men the members of the Hmong gang rape her in order to show their dominant masculine roles over her ● ● Other members of the Hmong community Grandmother Phong representative of the first-generation immigrants, fleeing communist persecution in 1980 she cannot understand why Walt has not left the neighbourhood like all the other white people racial prejudices against Americans ● ● ● ● Smokie and Spider ● she bridges the gap between her family and Walt Kowalski → without her, they would have not become friends; she invites him over and teaches him about Hmong culture ● she does not have any difficulties living in two worlds →she respects the Hmong traditions, but she also seems to be assimilated into the Western world she has a white boyfriend Trey ● she has not learnt English; she speaks Hmong throughout the movie language barrier has prevented her from integrating into the American lifestyle she lives according to the traditions she brought with her from Asia (e.g., her clothing) Spider is the leader of the Hmong gang they terrorize the neighbourhood; they follow their own rules without any resistance from the Hmong community →nobody dares to talk to the police Smokie and his gang are unemployed; they don't want to be Americanized or aim at being given access to society it is important for them to defend their territory; disobedience in their own community is punished → they press a lit cigarette into Thao's face to publicly show their dominance they return any hostile action against them → spiral of violence in the end, they shoot the unarmed Walt → they will probably be imprisoned for the rest of their lives The Hmong Hmong story and portrayal in the movie ● ● the Hmongs are a small, rather unknown ethnic minority in the US the Hmong supported the Americans in the Vietnam War ➜ after the communist takeover they were persecuted and many of them fled to the US the Hmong belong to the poorest ethnic groups in America → low level of education, unemployment, gang violence ● in contrast to Walt's neatly kept house, the Hmong homes are in a bad shape (most things are in need to repair) → probably due to a lack of money ● criticism: the Hmong people are stereotypically portrayed as docile and passive so that they cannot solve their problems on their own and need support First- and second-generation immigrants Phong (Thao's and Sue's grandmother) and her daughter Vu represent the first generation of immigrants → they keep their cultural traditions and do not speak English, rather prejudiced against white America ● second-generation Hmong Americans show different levels of integration → Sue seems to be most assimilated whereas the Hmong gang lives according to their own rules Stereotypes most Hmong girls are smart and able to adapt to American society many boys do not accept their father's values → having no orientation, some of them turn criminal "The girls go to college, and the boys go to jail" ● the main characters seem to correspond to stereotypes of Hmong Americans

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Walt Kowalski
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• Traditional family

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Zusammenfassung: Ambiguity of Belonging, Walt, Thao, Sue & Hmong community

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Gran Torino Walt Kowalski ● • Lives alone with dog Daisy in a neighbourhood full of Asians and other ethnic minorities • Traditional family bonds: he expects his family to come to the funeral of his wife and to dress/ behave respectfully • Worked for ford his whole life His wife Dorothy Kowalski died Distant to his children and grandchildren bad family relationship ● • conservative conception of society: white predominance ➜ he once moved to Highland Park (former all-white middle-class neighbourhood) ➜ he used to live next to people with the same ethnic and cultural background; now he is almost the only white American lef • racial prejudices: uses racial slurs to express his contempt for his Hmong ● neighbours and the African American gang • he does not distinguish between different Asian ethnic groups, for him, they are all alike ● → Patriotism ➜ he cannot understand his son's choice of a Japanese Toyota; he complains to his son Mitch that he did not support the American industry by buying a "rice- burner ● • alienated from the changing world around him Really closed up and vulnerable because of his wife's death and his past ● Korean war veteran only friends: old war buddies he meets at a bar; Italian barber; Tim at the construction site →shaped his deeply rooted patriotism (only one with an American flag outside his house) → source of...

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his racial prejudices → tendency to solve problems with his gun he brought home from war haunted by his experience of killing people his bad conscience has prevented him from finding peace with himself → the Hmong neighbours remind Walt of his war crimes ● Really conservative beliefs and values ➜ he is still living in the past ➜ he is an "outdated old-timer" like his precious Gran Torino; „still living in the '50s" • → maintaining his property is his last defence against the change around him Tries to be self-reliant in many aspects: self-defence, living alone, in control of himself → maintaining his property ➜ unable to understand the changes around him; he cares for his vintage car like a father for his child • his conservatism, patriotism and racial prejudices make him a typical ● representative of his generation brought home from the war ● • he spends most of his time sitting alone on his porch, reading, drinking beer, or ● overlooking the street • he is alienated from his two sons and their families → portrayed as a grumpy loner ➜ he never tells his family what is really bothering him; he conceals his lung cancer from his sons -Walt and his sons don't really know each other →Mitch's birthday present indicates that they think he is restricted in his physical abilities Masculinity is very important to him → his behaviour is stereotypically masculine; solving problems on his own, protecting and defending himself and others with a gun; his strategy of solving conflicts is to use force ● • Lor family changes him from a racist old man to someone who sacrifices himself for a Hmong family ➜ he has to learn that he has more in common with his Hmong neighbours than with his own family; they share a conservative belief in sticking to one's own country and traditions self-reflection in the mirror at the Hmong party → turning point in his life; starting point of taking Thao under his wing → he becomes a male role model for Thao; the Hmong become his substitute family • Walt realizes that he is responsible for the escalation of violence sacrificing himself in the confrontation with the Asian gang, he finally finds peace as he takes the chance to atone for his lifelong guilt → redeemed from his sins, salvation Thao Lor “Toad” ● ● ● ● ● 16-year-old teenager who grows up in a female dominated household (with his sister Sue, his mother, and his grandmother) without any male role model ● Thao's father was very traditional → he educated them according to Hmong values (e.g., to be obedient), but failed teaching them to adapt to American society -lacks self- confidence; torn between gender roles and national identities he does not know where he belongs, searches for an identity in the first half of the movie Thao's male identity is questioned → the Latino gang asks him whether he is a "boy or a girl"; Walt says that he is a “pussy” and that he has got "no balls" he is born in the United States, but he cannot deny his Asian roots → in the beginning he lacks everything which is generally seen as part of an ideal American man easy to push around; pressurized into joining the Hmong gang → after his initiation ritual (stealing the Gran Torino) fails, he wants to keep a distance; the Hmong gang tries to take him by force; without Walt's interference he would have ended in their custody as compensation for his attempted theft, he has to do jobs for Walt Kowalski → at first time in his life, he succeeds in doing men's work -he begins to shape up the neighbourhood/ works for the community (e.g., repair and paint the neighbours' houses) →he rises to the tasks presented to him Thao suffers from his resistance to join the Hmong gang (e.g., he gets injured by them; drive- by-shooting) Walt becomes like a father for Thao → he helps Thao to be manned up in his behaviour and language; he teaches and supports him • being taught to talk and behave like a man, he grows from a teenager to a young man Thao starts dating the Hmong girl Youa first, he accepts the brutality of the gang and does not want Walt to do anything against it → after Sue's rape, he wants to take revenge and he is willing to kill them he is locked up in the basement of Walt's house, because Walt wants to keep him from getting blood on his hands Thao inherits Walt's Gran Torino → final step in becoming a grown-up man; gives him the opportunity to assimilate into American society Sue Lor • 17-year-old confident, strong young woman she is quite smart; intellectual superiority to her male counterparts → e.g., reaction to the African American men who start to harass her: she alludes to their racial stereotypes and criticizes them for their flawed language → she has the courage to stand up to them: e.g., she makes fun of Spider's name due to her self-confidence, she does not shy away from open confrontation with the Hmong gang or the African American men the members of the Hmong gang rape her in order to show their dominant masculine roles over her ● ● Other members of the Hmong community Grandmother Phong representative of the first-generation immigrants, fleeing communist persecution in 1980 she cannot understand why Walt has not left the neighbourhood like all the other white people racial prejudices against Americans ● ● ● ● Smokie and Spider ● she bridges the gap between her family and Walt Kowalski → without her, they would have not become friends; she invites him over and teaches him about Hmong culture ● she does not have any difficulties living in two worlds →she respects the Hmong traditions, but she also seems to be assimilated into the Western world she has a white boyfriend Trey ● she has not learnt English; she speaks Hmong throughout the movie language barrier has prevented her from integrating into the American lifestyle she lives according to the traditions she brought with her from Asia (e.g., her clothing) Spider is the leader of the Hmong gang they terrorize the neighbourhood; they follow their own rules without any resistance from the Hmong community →nobody dares to talk to the police Smokie and his gang are unemployed; they don't want to be Americanized or aim at being given access to society it is important for them to defend their territory; disobedience in their own community is punished → they press a lit cigarette into Thao's face to publicly show their dominance they return any hostile action against them → spiral of violence in the end, they shoot the unarmed Walt → they will probably be imprisoned for the rest of their lives The Hmong Hmong story and portrayal in the movie ● ● the Hmongs are a small, rather unknown ethnic minority in the US the Hmong supported the Americans in the Vietnam War ➜ after the communist takeover they were persecuted and many of them fled to the US the Hmong belong to the poorest ethnic groups in America → low level of education, unemployment, gang violence ● in contrast to Walt's neatly kept house, the Hmong homes are in a bad shape (most things are in need to repair) → probably due to a lack of money ● criticism: the Hmong people are stereotypically portrayed as docile and passive so that they cannot solve their problems on their own and need support First- and second-generation immigrants Phong (Thao's and Sue's grandmother) and her daughter Vu represent the first generation of immigrants → they keep their cultural traditions and do not speak English, rather prejudiced against white America ● second-generation Hmong Americans show different levels of integration → Sue seems to be most assimilated whereas the Hmong gang lives according to their own rules Stereotypes most Hmong girls are smart and able to adapt to American society many boys do not accept their father's values → having no orientation, some of them turn criminal "The girls go to college, and the boys go to jail" ● the main characters seem to correspond to stereotypes of Hmong Americans