In this article, I’m going to talk about how literature and films can make people more aware of social inequality. Social inequalities are situations where people in a society, do not have equal social status and can be caused by different skin color, religion, sex etc.
To illustrate this phenomenon, I’m going to use the movie “The blind side” and the book “The book thief” which are both based true stories/events. “The blind side” is an American drama-film made by John Lee Hancock, based by the book “The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game” by Michael Lewis. ‘The storyline features Michael Oher, an offensive lineman who plays for the Baltimore Ravens of the NFL. The film follows Oher from his impoverished upbringing, through his years at Wingate Christian School (a fictional representation of Briarcrest Christian School in Memphis, Tennessee), his adoption by Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy, to his position as one of the most highly coveted prospects in college football, then finally becoming a first round pick in the NFL by the Baltimore Ravens.’ It’s a strong story about a homeless boy, Michael Oher, with no bright future or what so ever, becomes one the greatest American football player of all time. Besides from presenting this amazing story, the movie also presents the social inequality between the American slum and lots of Afro-American citizens’ life compared to wealthier citizens (middle- and upper class) in America as it is today.
“The book thief” however, is a story about the young girl Liesel Meminger’s life through the WW II, living with her rather poor foster parents in Himmel Street, Munich. During the hard years, Liesel experience lots of exciting but also frightening things, though the most noteworthy part of her life must be during the time her foster parents hides the Jew Max Vandeberg in their basement. Though the story and its characters isn’t based on a true story, it is however based on the German citizens life during the WW II and the author describes the conditions of living during the war in a fantastic way. The story also describes the social inequality between how our way of living during the WW II and nowadays lifes, while it also presented the inequality between the poor and the rich germans – and of course, the Jews.
These are two great examples of how social inquality can be presented through movies and litterature, and I think we will see more great examples like these on that in the future.