Every culture is divided up into a class system. In Latin America this class system began when the nations were discovered by Europe and slaves were brought in. The higher class were those who had the money and the knowledge to manipulate those that didn’t have any control. In order to be higher, there has to be a lower class. “The existence of a subordinate group, identifiable by race, provides a convenient scapegoat, a group others can feel superior to and release their frustrations on.” (Wilson, p.6) A good example of a class system in a film would be the “Titanic”, where the lower class wasn’t looked after, were placed in the bottom of the ship, and many of them died at the end, with no one to care if they existed or not. Though this was the United Kingdom, Latin America has the same traditions and are displayed in music, the world wide web, and even films. Through the director’s stylistic approach to making the film, the audience is able to capture the emotion brought forth from the lower class. Che Guevara’s “The Motorcycle Diaries” and Isabel Allende’s, “The House of Spirits”, are films that both abound in injustice towards the lower class and indigenous people in Latin America. The injustices of the lower class is demonstrated in both films by the high class and even the working class. In “The Motorcycle diaries, there are various examples of a higher class looking down on a lower class. From land being taken away from indigenous people, to the people being kicked out of their master’s home after planting all the crops that the plantation owner needed. There are even episodes of how the lower class was not able to ride in a ship with the wealthy. Their smaller boat was pulled by the larger ship. This is just the way things are in Latin America. The lower class is used to it and many don’t fight back because there is no tools or weapons to fight back with. In “The House of Spirits, Esteban Trueba treats the help in an atrocious manner, even though they...
Cited: Wilson, Carter. “Racism: From Slavery to Advanced Capitalism”. SAGE Publications, 1996.
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