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How far does Kidulthood offer a positive representation of British Youth?

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Kidulthood How far does Kidulthood offer a positive representation of British Youth? Representation is the way in which reality is re-presented. A stereotype is a label which involves a process of categorisation and evaluation. The British youth is stereotyped as violent, aggressive, hoodie wearing, knife carrying thugs; who do nothing but drink, take drugs, have sex and cause trouble to society. However, this is portrayed in Kidulthood similarly for the majority of the film. Firstly, the main characters in the film are mostly black and may be suggesting more black people cause trouble than white people do. Alisa is pregnant, representing the youth are not careful or just have unprotected sex. Becky, sells her body for money and this is presenting that the youths will do anything for money and almost show no care to themselves. ...read more.


There are some scenes of drug use where Alisa and Becky sniff 'crack' and drink alcohol for fun in Becky's house whilst they are away. Also the ending scene with the house party included loads of alcohol and under age drinking. Both these are obviously portrayed as a negative representation. As well as the violence through the film, it's casual, like an everyday thing. In one particular scene where Jay tried to buy alcohol, has no ID to prove his age and therefore walks out with the drinks whilst the shop keeper gets a bat, expecting this behaviour and Jay throws something at the shop keeper with aggression. Another scene that shows violence is the burger joint - Mooney has onions in his burger and instead of negotiating for a new burger or money back, he gets up (with the gang) ...read more.


However, they gag and tie his little brother and push Sam's mother over to the floor. At the party, Sam is very violent, carries a bat and with no thought, swings at all 3 of the boys and kills Trife. All of this is being represented as negatively, however, there is one positive representation which is towards the end, after Trife witnessed Curtis' negative side. The positive representation starts after the knife torture scene and Trife begins to realise violence is bad. This is the turning point from negative to positive, however, it is short. He tries to turn things around and says he will be a better man. Therefore, Kidulthood does not offer much of a positive representation apart from this last spur of goodness towards the end. The final message is trying to say - family is good, violence is bad. ?? ?? ?? ?? Media Sam Wong ...read more.

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