ERIC Number: EJ870758
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Sympathy for the Devil: Killing the Other in "Milk" and "The Reader"
Multicultural Perspectives, v11 n4 p208-210 2009
Two recent, highly rated movies depict central characters who are involved in killing members of groups despised in their societies. In "Milk" and "The Reader," the characters of Dan White and Hanna Schmitz, respectively, are treated with empathy and a search for understanding. Their personal sufferings and confusions are highlighted, and the audience is invited to view them as our fellow creatures. Because their victims are themselves pariah groups, there is some unease about the sympathy shown to the perpetrators. This discomfort distinguishes these movies from other popular culture efforts to identify with people who commit bad acts.
Descriptors: Popular Culture, Empathy, Films, Film Production, Death, Authoritarianism, Homosexuality, Jews, Crime, Social Bias, Social Discrimination, Novels
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A