Masculinity in Gran Torino The Rifle -has it at home -> self-defense protection for himself Soldier in. Korean War • man's "privilege". - being hard on one self, showing no weakness -> Suppress feelings, act quickly to survive, do not rely on other O O Working at - worked his entire life in the company owns two cars 1. Gran Torino: "muscle car due to huge horsepower 2. pickup truck (male car) tool collection - impressive to Thao and other men -> able to do all chores by himself Commanding tone - Walt expresses him- self with overt racism and commands L> sign of mascu- linity O Martin, the barber Walt and Martin call each other names L> not in a serious way. - Martin as another example for Ian adult man 0 - shows Thao how to talk "like a man" also carrys a rifle like Walt O Model American. family -> Walt follows general expectations of 1950's L> married and raised a family. While he worked, his wife stayed at home L>reason for his bad relationship with them? - treats women with respect: relationship with Sue (50:46) -> seen in his I may not be the most pleasant person (...), but I got the best woman that was ever on this planet to marry me Excessive smoking & drinking - Walt is a chain-smoker L> stress his stereo- typically male. attitude O Thao's search for his male identity. still seeking for his identity does not appears very masculine L> critizied for doing work, which is considered to be women's duty (washing dishes etc) - indecisiveness is striking in contrast to male peer groups,...
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who are banded together in gangs. - Thao misses everything, which he considers necessary for his male identity L> Walt helps him to build that up : ->teaches him "masculine language". ->gets him a job →> helps him to find a girlfriend and borrows him the Gran Torino to impress the girl. => As Walt left Thao the car after he passed away, he completly deve- loped from teenager to male adult. O