Film Analysis of Bowling for Columbine by Michael Moore Essay
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Film Analysis of Bowling for Columbine by Michael Moore
In the recent film “Bowling for Columbine,” Michael Moore claims that fear drives people to violence; a short animation clip is also used by Michael Moore to depict the history of the United States in the documentary. The animation brought out a number of issues that set people thinking. Issues on race, fear and violence are also discussed in the documentary (as well as the interview of Oprah Winfrey and Michael Moore.)It is shocking to realize how people have got involved in the culture of fear, and violence. The discrimination of the blacks in America is also discussed in the film. Having watched this documentary, I was totally appalled.…show more content…
If you’re not going to protect your family, who is? ” .
Self obsession is one of the issues that were discussed in the interview of Oprah Winfrey and Michael Moore. It appears to me that people have forgotten how to talk things out peacefully anymore, it is also frightening to realise that that almost all of the citizens in America owned a personal gun. Is violence the best way of defence? The culture of possessing a gun just goes to prove how insecure they are in their country. The reason for the possession of a gun most people had was due to self-defence. However, in the case of the killings that had occurred within Columbine high school, as far as I know, the students owned the guns and had planned the mass killings ahead of times, they told their friends about the idea of mass murder, but nobody took them seriously. The impression of “getting a free rifle with a new bank account” I have is that people treated guns like they were toys, and it felt as if people owned guns for the sake of having one. If more guns made people safer then America would be one of the safest countries in the world, but it isn’t, it’s the opposite.
In addition, the interview of Oprah Winfrey with Michael Moore shows what a huge impact the documentary had on its viewers. It opened up all sorts of controversy and sets people thinking about why we have so much anger and violence. It
Bowling for Columbine Essay
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Bowling for Columbine
In 2002 Michael Moore’s film “Bowling for Columbine” won the Oscar for best documentary. Unfortunately, in my opinion I do not believe that this movie is a documentary or truth. Bowling for Columbine is FICTION! The movie makes its points by easily deceiving and misleading the viewer. Moore uses deception as its primary tool of persuasion and effect.
A major theme in Bowling for Columbine is that the NRA is coldhearted towards the killings. In the movie Charlton Heston (President of the NRA) comes to Denver to hold a large pro-gun rally for the National Rifle Association. During Heston’s speech he reads a message from the mayor of Denver that states, “…show more content…
Don't come here? We're already here!" From the viewer’s point of view it seems that the NRA rushed to Littleton to hold rallies and demonstrations directly after the Columbine tragedy. I’ve actually done a little research on this topic in high school. I found out that the demonstration in Denver was not related to Columbine, but in fact an annual meeting, whose place and time had been fixed years in advance. At Denver, the NRA cancelled all events (normally several days of committee meetings, sporting events, dinners, rallies, etc.) save the annual members' voting meeting -- that could not be cancelled because the state law governing nonprofits required that it be held. [No way to change location, since under NY law you have to give 10 days' advance notice of that to the members, there were upwards of 4,000,000 members -- and Columbine happened 11 days before the scheduled meeting.] Bowling however used deception by not providing all the facts. In a letter to NRA members, President Charlton Heston and the group's executive vice president, Wayne LaPierre, said all seminars, workshops, luncheons, exhibits by gun makers and other vendors, and festivities are canceled. All that's left is a members' reception and the annual meeting, set for 10 a.m. May 1 in the Colorado Convention Center. Under its bylaws and New York state law, the NRA must hold an annual meeting. Heston and LaPierre also wrote another letter stating, “The tragedy in Littleton calls upon