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"Compare and contrast the representation of the Afro-American actresses Hattie McDaniel and Whoopie Goldberg in the 'scam' scenes of "gone with the wind" (1939) and "Ghost" (1990)

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Afro American comparisont "Compare and contrast the representation of the Afro-American actresses Hattie McDaniel and Whoopie Goldberg in the 'scam' scenes of "gone with the wind" (1939) and "Ghost" (1990) Gone with the wind was released in 1939 and was directed by Victor Fleming. The film tells the epic tale of a woman's life during one of the most tumultuous periods in America's history. From her young, innocent days on a feudalistic plantation to the war-torn streets of Atlanta, from the utmost luxury to absolute starvation and poverty and from her innocence to her understanding and comprehension of life. This woman's name is Scarlet O'Hara, during this compassion I will be focusing on her Mammy, played by actress Hattie McDaniel. The film received eight Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actress (for Hattie McDaniel - the first time a black had been nominated and honoured) ...read more.


In gone with the wind, there are several tracking shots of Scarlet, with Mammy scurrying on behind. The camera follows Scarlet, Mammy has to join. It is also notable that, when in shot, Mammy, despite having a large build, fills little of the screen. This reflects the way Afro-Americans were seen at the time, with much lower status than white Americans. Seen as unimportant and insignificant. During a street scene Mammy is seen clearing the way for Scarlet, shoving free black men out of her way. She has a look of disgust, showing that she does not approve of the idea of free black American's. She is happy with the way things are, and is perhaps afraid of change. This time, Mammy leads the way and scarlet follows behind on the cleared path. ...read more.


He drops his arms and alters his attitude, now thinking she could be important. In these scenes Whoopie is the focus, where as Mammy was always more of an extra in the shot. Mammy was not allowed in the prison or shop, where as Oda Mae confidentially walks into the bank. This illustrates change in the way black people were thought of in society. Another point is that Mammy is never given a proper title like Oda Mae. She was Scarlet's Mammy and that's how she's known. In Gone with the wind, it is Mammy that knows when Scarlet is doing wrong, acting as the voice of reason, even mirroring the audiences reaction of disgust as Scarlet lies to Rhett Butler. This concept is reversed in Ghost, where it is Oda Mae making the mistakes and Sam making the corrections. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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