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During our R.E lessons we watched the film Philadelphia. It is about a homosexual man who has AIDS and, when the people he works with find this out, they set him up and fire him.

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Coursework - Philadelphia. During our R.E lessons we watched the film Philadelphia. It is about a homosexual man who has AIDS and, when the people he works with find this out, they set him up and fire him. He takes them to court and wins his case, just before the virus kills him. This film raises many issues dealing with discrimination, prejudice, homosexuals and people who suffer from aids. Although you can be prejudiced and not discriminate against someone, you cannot discriminate against someone and not be prejudiced towards them. The following definitions are taken from my dictionary. Prejudice: 1. An unreasoning opinion or like or dislike of something; racial prejudice. 2. Harm to someone's rights. Discriminate: 1. Make or see a distinction. 2. Treat unfairly, especially on the basis of race, gender, etc. If you are prejudice against someone, you decide that you do or don't like him or her without having any good reason to do so. If you discriminate against someone, you act unfairly on the basis of this prejudice. Throughout this film, there are very few people who show no prejudice or discrimination towards Andrew Beckett (the employee with AIDS), other than his own family. ...read more.


The other person who is fully supportive of Andy's case is Melissa, a secretary for another company, who also has AIDS. Walter knew about her disease but she wasn't fired from her job. I think this is because she caught the disease during a blood transfusion and so Walter classed it as not being her fault. Her response to this is: Melissa: "I don't consider myself any different from anyone else with this disease. I'm not guilty, I'm not innocent I'm just trying to survive." This simple statement shows us that she thinks of herself in the same way as she thinks of anyone else with aids. It wasn't her fault she got AIDS, it isn't anybodies fault that they have got this disease. She tries to make it clear that she isn't guilty for having this disease, and neither is Andy. Before Miller offers to be Andy's lawyer, he starts to prepare his defence by searching through books in his local library for similar cases. When the librarian comes over to him to inform him that a book or article he was looking for has been found, he says it rather loudly, glancing around the room at the same time. ...read more.


he didn't divulge intimate details of his private life to them so they could pick it apart and discriminate him for it. Miller shows similar feeling to Andy when he first meets him, but these views soon change, making way for the friendship and kindness that he didn't, at first, think he could ever show to Andy. Another comment that should be made about the importance of the title is that fact that Philadelphia is the town in which the Declaration of Independence was signed. This declaration proclaimed that all people are free, everyone has a right to do what they want and we see that, in this film, a lot of people living in the very town where this was said, do not agree and openly show this. Although this film does give a very accurate view of peoples prejudices against people like Andy, a lot of people now show a lot more understanding of their situation, and are more sympathetic and accepting than they were. It would be unfair to say that the same views are still held today by people, as, although some people do think the same way, a lot more feel that this kind of discrimination is wrong. ...read more.

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