Amanda Brookhart, West Texas A&M University

Hatred Is Learned: A Metaphoric Analysis of American History X

Abstract: I analyzed the film American History X, written by David McKenna and directed by Tony Kaye.  By using metaphoric criticism, I discuss three metaphors, water, slow motion scenes, and the colors black and white, Kaye uses to show how hatred is learned and can transforms our lives, there are intense moments within our lives that can change our paths and damage our lives, and the importance behind equality.  I discovered the metaphors direct the audience to the idea of hatred is learned and freeing oneself of this quality can save lives.  This form of criticism was effective because it persuades the audience to look within themselves and change for the better.

Keywords:  race, metaphoric, hatred, Tony Kaye, David McKenna

Presentation Author(s):
Amanda Brookhart*

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