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The Influence of Ganster Films such as New Jack City and Menace to Society

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Nathaniel Hodge Mr. Brown English 1101 September 21, 2012 The Gangster as Tragic Hero Warshow began the essay saying ?America is committed to a cheerful view of life?. Warshow is referring particularly to the movies but also to comic books and pulp fiction .Those that perpetuate the notion of what constitutes the gangster himself but also his environment, motivation and modus operandi. The intolerable dilemma is that failure is a kind of death and success is evil and dangerous, are ultimately impossible. The effect of the gangster film is to embody this dilemma in the person of the gangster and resolve it by ?his death, not ours, we are safe for the moment and can acquiesce in our failure, we can choose to fail.? This essay makes me think that most gangster movies can help and also hurt the viewer. ...read more.


Some people can see a film and know in the end that the gangster will end up dead or on a bus to prison but for some reason that never scares them from trying to get the same fame that the gangster has in the film. Take for example, the film ?New Jack City ?staring Wesley Snipes as the notorious Neno Brown; it shows two sides of a gangster. Neno kills people over drugs and territory but the film also shows him feeding the poor on Thanksgiving and handing money out to children and preachers. Neno starts out as an average street hustler with dreams of one day being a drug kingpin. His dream seems to be reachable when his brother introduces him to the new drug crack cocaine. Neno then builds a street team to help run his empire. ...read more.


The lower class people root for the villain while the middle and upper class root for the main detective that usually brings the gangster to his untimely demise. Most kids are fascinated with gangsters because of their lavish and glorious lifestyle that are portrayed by the media. Lower class children do not live next door to doctors or lawyers so they do not glorify their lifestyles .They can just turn on the television and see a gangster anytime they want and to some, glorifying a gangster is real and gives them something to believe in. When they see a gangster in the neighborhood, everyone is nice to him out of fear not respect but as a child, he will grow up thinking that type of lifestyle is o.k. because everyone will be too scared to tell him that this individual is scum and that he does not want to be like him when he grows up. , . ...read more.

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