I chose to discuss about
different movies, and how each help shape and define identities. Movies can
have powerful messages, whether it is speaking of a social-cultural concept,
political, personal, or global concepts. A good movie could have a worldwide
impact and be remembered in history for decades. Important companies that produce
great movies are Disney and Universal Studios. Movies can help shape and define
identities. They have powerful messages, as well as presenting types of
theories or identities (e.g. social-cultural or political). In the movies I
will discuss, I will provide the mission of each production company, some of
their movies, the pots of those movies, why they were a major hit, and how it
helped shaped many people’s identities., as well as receiving great feedback
until today, despite of their release date. The movies I will mention, discuss
gender, race, and class, which are important topics that we discuss and debate
about in today’s world. I chose to focus on the musical theatre genre. The
reason I chose more than one movie to discuss the musicals, is because it is a
broad topic, and each movie has different emphasis on shaping identities. I
want to highlight these differences between the movies because not every musical
movie is the same, and each one of them vary in the plot of their messages.

Each
movie listed in my paper is different yet they all share one similar concept
which is music. The main ideas from all the movies is “how music has shaped the
actor’s identity”. The movies discussed different stances on gender, identity,
race, and class, along with other concepts that I will analyze in this paper.
The reason I chose this topic is because I want to highlight the difference
between movies now and movies then, in the form of shaping and re-shaping
identity. That could a political identity, social identity, or self-identity.
Older movies for example have a different stance on family and cultural values.
However, in movies nowadays, we rarely see scenes that show the bonding of
families. The historical events is also another point that we barely notice in films
today, unless it is actually about a specific war. Lastly, cultural concepts, I
believe are fairly the same. Yet if we take a closer look at the main
protagonists between now and thirty or fifty years ago, we would overwhelmingly
have movies with mainly English or American actors. Nowadays, we see actors
with Indian, Hispanic, Australian, African, and Arabic roots that are in the
acting field and are famous in Hollywood. Another important point is that African-Americans
rarely win academy awards (Oscars), Grammy’s, Emmy’s, or noble awards. The
female voice is always left unheard or lowered in relation to their counterpart
male, because males are always overheard and tend to think less or look down
upon females. Yet if we open the religious book (e.g. Qur’an) we see that male
and females are considered equal, and women’s rights are even preserved and
protected by the religion of Islam. Only the society, tradition, and culture
are the ones that take away the rights and claim that it is the correct thing
to do, which in fact, is not. This is where I see the socio-cultural affect
emerging, due to the mentality and the way people are raised on how women are
seen as less than men based on common false ideological concepts, regardless of
whether it may be true or false.

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