Media, are represented and discuss deeper meanings and symbols

Media, particularly Mass Media has always had a significant effect
on audiences. We as viewers are bombarded with messages from various media
outlets that include TV, billboards, magazines etc. These messages that are
portrayed promote particular products, themes, and ideas. This is particularly noticed
when media depicts social groups, which is the focus of this essay. For my essay,
I have chosen the film “Get Out”, Get Out is a 2017 American horror film
written and directed by Jordan Peele. The film follows a young interracial
couple, Chris and Rose, who visit the Rose’s parents, only to have a series of troubling
discoveries that lead Chris to a disturbing discovery. I will discuss how and
why a racial minority group, African-Americans, are represented and discuss
deeper meanings and symbols depicted in the film.

 

The film starts out by introducing the Chris a photographer
and Rose whom are in a relationship and are heading to meet Rose’s Caucasian
family for the weekend. Jordan Peele explains that the movie depicts real fears
of his and this is quickly seen as the movie begins. The first hint of the
different social groups is set from the beginning as Chris asks Rose whether
she had informed her family that he is Black. Later on, one their way to see
the family they are pulled over by a police officer who demands to see the ID
of the passenger not driving, which is an underlying hint towards recent police
brutality cases. As soon as the couple arrives the imagery of the plantation-like
estate of Rose’s parents and the introduction of Georgina and Walter, the house
cleaner and groundskeeper whom are also African-American, reminds us of the history
of slavery.  (B. Sutton)

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As the film continues, Rose’s family insist that they are a
liberal family and there are scenes where Dean, Rose’s neurosurgeon Father,
talks about his love of Obama. To the point that Chris starts to question this
liberalism, during a garden party Chris asks Rose if any of the attendees know
a black person who doesn’t “work for them.” The story continues to reveal disturbing
events that start when Rose’s mother Missy hypnotizes Chris using a teacup as
her weapon. During this scene Chris has the feeling of falling in a sort of
dark space. “Now you’re in the sunken place” (IMDb), Missy tells Chris, which
is a deep dark void of dimmed consciousness that is used by Jordan Peele to
depict marginalization of African-Americans. This is a turning point in the
film as it is reveals that Rose’s family hypnotize African-American male and
females into the “sunken place” and ultimately own their bodies. This is further
revealed in a scene where Rose’s father is seen auctioning Chris’s body, which
is a upsetting scene that relates to slave auctions. It reveals that these
group of white individuals are taking over black individuals’ bodies and brains
to fulfill their desire to benefit from their physical skills and in Chris’s
case his body is sold to a blind man who wants his eyes. (Morrow, Justin)

 

This revelation explains the robotic-like actions of
Georgina and Walter and Logan, who is an African-American character that is
introduced during the garden party whom is married to a much older Caucasian woman.

All of whom have been sucked into and stuck in the “sunken place” to be taken advantage
of. A crucial event occurs at that Garden Party when Chris attempts to
photograph Logan and uses the camera flash that makes Logan hysterical. Dean
quickly claims that Logan suffered a seizure. Although, this flash actually
wakes Logan from the hypnosis this flash symbolizes individuals to “see the
light” and realize the issue at hand. (This Is Barry)

 

As the movie continues to reveal, we start understanding the
message that Peele is attempting to portray. Which specifically deals with the
African-American social group and how particular white liberal mindsets deal
with racism. In this case Rose’s family who portray themselves as liberal and
open minded but in reality, have a disturbing motive. These racial motives
towards African-American are depicted in hints throughout the film. For
example, the obsession with Black people’s physical strength is shown when
Jeremy, Rose’s brother, discusses it during dinner and even at the garden party
where Chris’s space is invaded, and he is touched without permissions and is
objectified for his physical strength by the Caucasian guests at the party.

This is particularly depicted when Chris is tied and forced to watch his new “owner”
discuss his fate. Chris asks, “Why black people?” and is answered with “People
want a change…some people want to be stronger, faster, cooler.” (Morrow, Justin)
This is clearly messages in the film that portray how this social group is represented
in this film. (Morrow, Justin)

 

 

The film “Get Out” is more than a horror movie, it’s a movie
that leaves the viewer to digest and come up with his/her own conclusion. The film
tackles racial fear, liberal ignorance, social groups and slavery. The social
group represented in this film are African-Americans, they are represented as outsiders.

Jordan Peele basically tries to make everyone see through the eyes of Chris and
make people feel the African-American experience in this particular film, he
uses this film like the flash in the movie to wake people up. Even though the
message of race and different social groups is clearly portrayed I believe the
movie brings people together by opening the viewers’ eyes through wonderful
storytelling.