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Characterisation Walt Kowalski Walt Kowalski is the protagonist of the movie "Gran Torino" by Clint Eastwood. He is presented as a lonely wolf veteran and an angry white male. Walt Kowalski is an old man who was soldier in the Korean War and worked at the Ford factory. He lives in Detroit in a neighbourhood dominated by Hmong Americans which used to be a white middle class community. Walt complains about the changes in his neighbourhood because he has shared the same values with his former neighbours. Nowadays he does not belong there anymore. Furthermore, he has lost his beloved wife and has a complicated and distant relationship with his sons which is why he has lost a sense of belonging. This is visible through Walt's frustrated, grumpy, aggressive and lonely appearance. It is also important that Walt is conservative. His conservative values like the ideal of white predominance, respect for the old, family values and racial prejudice do not allow him to fit into the modern American society which is why he behaves territorial and racist. He wants to defend his home against intruders mostly from other ethnic minorities and shows disrespect and racist behaviour towards his Hmong neighbours. This can be seen in certain scenes of the movie. An example is the...

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"get off my lawn" scene when he chases the Hmong people with his gun away. His racist behaviour is illustrated in certain scenes when he uses racial slurs. For example, when he calls his neighbours "gooks", "zipper heads" and "jungle people". He also makes racist jokes and generalizes people of other ethnic groups. For instance, when he says “I thought all Asian girls are supposed to be smart” to Sue. Furthermore, Walt behaves at the beginning of the movie intolerant, distant, rude and ignorant towards the Lor family. Therefore, he spits towards the Hmong grandmother to show his disrespect and rejects Thao's help, the traditional food and the present from the Lor family. This illustrates Walt's rejecting and ungrateful behaviour. But later his relationship with his Hmong neighbours' changes. Moreover, Walt is portrayed as a stereotypical tough man because he uses manly language which is characterized by a deep voice, a harsh, judgemental and commanding tone and the use of curses and growls. He also appears aggressive, cannot admit weakness or illness and criticizes Thao's passiveness which seems unmanly to him. We can also say that Walt represents the stereotype of an angry white male because of his harsh tone, the use of racist expressions and his disillusionment with American politics and society. He also believes in the constitutional right to bear arms and is ready to defend his home. Another characteristic is his image as a handyman and that he takes care of all situations himself. This can be seen when he does not call the police and when he teaches Thao how to fix things. Throughout the movie Walt builds a closer relationship with his neighbours Sue and Thao which is why he develops a torn between the Lor family and his own family. He starts to realize that he is alienated from his own family and misses a certain adherence to cultural traditions. He realizes that he has more in common with the Lor family and chooses them instead of his own family. This can be seen when he invites the Lor family to a barbecue, leaves his car to Thao and when he protects the family which leads to the self-sacrifice. His closer relationship with Thao and Sue influences Walt in a positive way. He becomes more tolerant, open-minded and interested. He starts to care for the family, especially for Thao when he teaches him American values and how to be a man. Moreover, he tries to find him a job and a girlfriend. This is why he also develops into a role model and father figure for Thao. It is also important that he rescues Thao and Sue without expecting a service in return which shows his selflessness, helpfulness, responsibility and his protectiveness. Walt also starts to enjoy spending his time with the siblings. For example, when he invites the family for a barbecue. This emphasizes that he turns into a more grateful person. The importance of Thao and Sue for him is visible after the drive-by-shooting when Walt shows emotions like aggression and wants to take revenge. Another instance is his self-sacrifice at the end of the movie which reinforces that the life of the Lor family is more important to him than his own life. Finally, one can say that Walt Kowalski develops an important character change in the movie. He is at the beginning a lonely, frustrated and aggressive old man who has lost his sense of belonging and expresses his frustration through racist and disrespectful behaviour towards his Hmong neighbours. Throughout the movie he accepts the Lor family and finds his sense of belonging by choosing them as a substitute family which turns him into a more open-minded, caring, selfless and grateful person.

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Characterisation Walt Kowalski Walt Kowalski is the protagonist of the movie "Gran Torino" by Clint Eastwood. He is presented as a lonely wolf veteran and an angry white male. Walt Kowalski is an old man who was soldier in the Korean War and worked at the Ford factory. He lives in Detroit in a neighbourhood dominated by Hmong Americans which used to be a white middle class community. Walt complains about the changes in his neighbourhood because he has shared the same values with his former neighbours. Nowadays he does not belong there anymore. Furthermore, he has lost his beloved wife and has a complicated and distant relationship with his sons which is why he has lost a sense of belonging. This is visible through Walt's frustrated, grumpy, aggressive and lonely appearance. It is also important that Walt is conservative. His conservative values like the ideal of white predominance, respect for the old, family values and racial prejudice do not allow him to fit into the modern American society which is why he behaves territorial and racist. He wants to defend his home against intruders mostly from other ethnic minorities and shows disrespect and racist behaviour towards his Hmong neighbours. This can be seen in certain scenes of the movie. An example is the...

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"get off my lawn" scene when he chases the Hmong people with his gun away. His racist behaviour is illustrated in certain scenes when he uses racial slurs. For example, when he calls his neighbours "gooks", "zipper heads" and "jungle people". He also makes racist jokes and generalizes people of other ethnic groups. For instance, when he says “I thought all Asian girls are supposed to be smart” to Sue. Furthermore, Walt behaves at the beginning of the movie intolerant, distant, rude and ignorant towards the Lor family. Therefore, he spits towards the Hmong grandmother to show his disrespect and rejects Thao's help, the traditional food and the present from the Lor family. This illustrates Walt's rejecting and ungrateful behaviour. But later his relationship with his Hmong neighbours' changes. Moreover, Walt is portrayed as a stereotypical tough man because he uses manly language which is characterized by a deep voice, a harsh, judgemental and commanding tone and the use of curses and growls. He also appears aggressive, cannot admit weakness or illness and criticizes Thao's passiveness which seems unmanly to him. We can also say that Walt represents the stereotype of an angry white male because of his harsh tone, the use of racist expressions and his disillusionment with American politics and society. He also believes in the constitutional right to bear arms and is ready to defend his home. Another characteristic is his image as a handyman and that he takes care of all situations himself. This can be seen when he does not call the police and when he teaches Thao how to fix things. Throughout the movie Walt builds a closer relationship with his neighbours Sue and Thao which is why he develops a torn between the Lor family and his own family. He starts to realize that he is alienated from his own family and misses a certain adherence to cultural traditions. He realizes that he has more in common with the Lor family and chooses them instead of his own family. This can be seen when he invites the Lor family to a barbecue, leaves his car to Thao and when he protects the family which leads to the self-sacrifice. His closer relationship with Thao and Sue influences Walt in a positive way. He becomes more tolerant, open-minded and interested. He starts to care for the family, especially for Thao when he teaches him American values and how to be a man. Moreover, he tries to find him a job and a girlfriend. This is why he also develops into a role model and father figure for Thao. It is also important that he rescues Thao and Sue without expecting a service in return which shows his selflessness, helpfulness, responsibility and his protectiveness. Walt also starts to enjoy spending his time with the siblings. For example, when he invites the family for a barbecue. This emphasizes that he turns into a more grateful person. The importance of Thao and Sue for him is visible after the drive-by-shooting when Walt shows emotions like aggression and wants to take revenge. Another instance is his self-sacrifice at the end of the movie which reinforces that the life of the Lor family is more important to him than his own life. Finally, one can say that Walt Kowalski develops an important character change in the movie. He is at the beginning a lonely, frustrated and aggressive old man who has lost his sense of belonging and expresses his frustration through racist and disrespectful behaviour towards his Hmong neighbours. Throughout the movie he accepts the Lor family and finds his sense of belonging by choosing them as a substitute family which turns him into a more open-minded, caring, selfless and grateful person.