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Inhaltsverzeichnis
Lernbereich Lektürehilfen
Übersicht
Brave New World
Introduction
Summaries
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4-6
Chapter 7-8
Chapter 9-10
Chapter 11-12
Chapter 13-15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17-18
Characters
Interpretation
Themes
Motifs
Symbols
Style
Setting
Context
Crooked Letter, Crook...
Summaries
Chapter 1 - 2
Chapter 3 - 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10 - 11
Chapter 12 - 13
Chapter 14 - 16
Chapter 17 - 19
Characters
Symbols and Symbolism
Themes and Motifs
Gran Torino
Introduction
Key Scenes
Characters
Storytelling
Setting
Themes and Motifs
Half Broke Horses
Summaries
Chapter I: Salt Draw
Chapter II: The Mirac...
Chapter III: Promises
Chapter IV: The Red S...
Chapter V: Lambs
Chapter VI: Teacher L...
Chapter VII: The Gard...
Chapter VIII: Gumshoe...
Chapter IX: The Flybo...
Epilogue: The Little ...
Family Structures
Main Characters
Lily Casey Smith
Adam Casey
Daisy Mae Casey
Helen Casey
Jim Smith
Rosemary Smith
Rex Walls
Secondary Characters
Buster Casey
Dorothy Casey
Mother Albertina
Ted Conover
Orville Stubbs
Jim Smith junior
Other Characters
Structure of the Nove...
Setting
Prüfungsaufgaben zur ...
L.A. Crash
Einleitung
Schlüsselszenen
Narrative Filmstruktu...
Setting
Fakten
Bevölkerungsstruktur
Kriminalität
Personen im Film
Hauptcharaktere
Officer John Ryan
Officer Tom Hansen
Cameron und Christine...
Rick und Jean Cabot
Anthony
Peter Waters
Graham Waters
Daniel Ruiz
Farhad
Nebencharaktere
Verflechtung der Haup...
Verflechtung der Haup...
Bedeutung des Titels
Themen und Motive
Rassismus
Vorurteile
Kriminalität
Isolation und Ausgren...
Dominanz
Religion
Einwanderung
Besiedelung des Weste...
9/11
Waffenrecht in den US...
Filmanalyse
Kameraführung
Licht
Musik
Prüfungsaufgaben zur ...
Macbeth
Introduction
Summaries
Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Characters
Interpretation
Themes
Motifs
Symbols
Style
Context
Good To Know
Othello
Introduction
Summaries
Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Characters
Interpretation
Themes
Motifs
Symbols
Style
Context
Romeo and Juliet
Introduction
Summaries
Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Characters
Themes and Motifs
Setting
The Great Gatsby
Introduction
Summaries
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Characters
Interpretation
Themes
Motifs
Symbols
Style
Context
Good To Know
To Kill a Mockingbird
Introduction
Summaries
Chapter 1
Chapters 2 - 3
Chapters 4 - 6
Chapters 7 - 8
Chapters 9 - 11
Chapters 12 - 13
Chapters 14 - 15
Chapters 16 - 17
Chapters 18 - 19
Chapters 20 - 22
Chapters 23 - 25
Chapters 26 - 27
Chapters 28 - 31
Characters
Interpretation
Themes
Motifs
Symbols
Style
Context

Characters

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Characters

Walt Kowalski

  • 75 years old, descendant of Polish immigrants, war veteran
  • used to work in the automotive industry (Ford)
  • married to the late Dorothy, two sons, two grandchildren
  • spends his time on the porch sipping beer
  • suffers from lung cancer
  • at the same time represents:
    $\rightarrow$ a person who has lost his status in society and who rejects modern America ($\rightarrow$ angry white men)
    $\rightarrow$ the soldiers who went to war for America and who suffer from traumatic experiences due to that
  • classic hero's journey: healing the backstorywound is the ultimate goal (Walt having killed a soldier in Korean War)
    1. Ordinary World: Walt is living in a familiar world; however it threatens to fall apart (neighborhood has changed, industry closed down)
    2. Call to Adventure: unfamiliar world of the Vang Lor family is introduced to Walt (antithesis to his world: celebration of birth vs. somber funeral of Walt's wife)
      $\rightarrow$ attempted theft of Gran Torino by Thao
    3. Refusal of the Call: Walt scares away the gang that forces Thao to join them, upon receiving thankfulness by Vang Lors, Walt just wants to be left alone
    4. Meeting with the Mentor: Father Janovich comes to visit and reminds him of the confession Walt's wife wanted him to convey
    5. Crossing the First Threshold: Walt is being invited to the Vang Lor's house for a barbecue
    6. Tests, Allies, Enemies: Vietnamese traditions and customs as test, Sue as ally, Hmong gang and Sue's grandmother as enemies
      $\rightarrow$ test: fixes broken washing machine, convinces Thao to ask out Youa, confrontations with Hmong gang
    7. Approach: Walt accepts the role of being a father figure and mentor himself for Thao
    8. Ordeal: Walt learns that he is terminally ill and decides that he wants to help Thao and that he wants to deal with his own past
    9. Reward: reward in this case is negative; Sue is being raped and there is a shootout at the Vang Lors house both for which Walt holds himself accountable
    10. The Road Back: crossing his own threshold after spending the evening at the Vang Lor's house, decides to have a final confrontation with his enemies, makes preparations, locking up Thao, self-revelation about Korean War
    11. Resurrection Hero: finds a way to get Spider and his gang in jail and is resurrected as a hero by sacrificing his own life
    12. Return with Elixir: Thao inherits Walt's car and his dog through which Walt continues to live, Thao driving in the Gran Torino and Walt's funeral function as confirmation of the success of the hero's journey

The Kowalski Family

  • two sons Mitch with wife Karen and Steve and their children Ashley and Josh
  • do not have a lot in common with Walt, however, this is in part Walt's fault as he confesses to Father Janovich
  • sons know Walt as an uncompassionate and easily irritable tyrant
  • the only time that Walt tries to reconciliate with Mitch is when he learns that he suffers from lung cancer, this attempt fails terribly
  • afterwards, Walt gives up trying to speak to his son
  • looks down on his sons as representatives of suburbian lifestyle
    $\rightarrow$ mostly oriented towards their careers and consumption
    $\rightarrow$ live a boring life according to Walt
  • Ashley as a contrasting figure to Sue
    $\rightarrow$ very unsympathetic, Walt openly despises her
    $\rightarrow$ disrespectful (is on the phone during the servce for Walt's dead wife)
    $\rightarrow$ can't wait for Walt's death, wants to inherit the car and some furniture of his
    $\rightarrow$ materialistic and shallow

Sue Vang Lor

  • 20 years old, assimilated to US lifestyle
  • confident and feisty
  • believes that Walt can serve as a paternal substitute for herself and her brother Thao
  • doesn't feel intimidated by Walt's hostile character
  • feels that Walt is only putting on a show and that he is a rather good person at heart
  • ironic/sarcastic at times, provokes her attackers by using her rhetoric and intelligence
  • sense of humour, doesn't really care about Walt's racist side blows (being called "dragon lady") but wittily retorts them ("We only eat cats.")
  • functions as a mediator: introduces Walt to Thao, introduces Walt to Hmong traditions and history, comments on happenings in neighbourhood for a better understanding of the audience

Thao Vang Lor

  • identity crisis $\rightarrow$ finds himself stuck between two cultures
  • doesn't go to school anymore but doesn't have a job either $\rightarrow$ lives for the moment
  • can't live up to the expectations others impose on him (isn't the head of the family, doesn't want to join the gang)
  • insecure and shy
  • stands between his loving and worrying sister and his cousin who wants him to join a gang
  • too afraid to ask out a girl
  • wants to gain confidence by committing the crimes that the gang asks him to conduct
  • when Walt enters his life and fulfills the father-role that Thao desperately misses, he becomes more confident and even gets a job
  • is introduced to the manly ways by Walt and eventually asks out a girl
  • although he is constanly being mocked by his family, he loves them and defends them, he is even devasteted when his cousin's gang attacks them and plans to avenge them
  • even wants to kill his cousin in blind rage
  • finally arrives mentally in America through Walt's work with him (through his technical skills, might attend college, drives the Gran Torino)

The Vang Lors

  • Sue, Thao, their mother and their grandmother form the Vang Lor family
  • live a rather social life, often gather at their house with friends, neighbours or relatives in order to celebrate special holidays
  • mother is not assimilated, hardly speaks English, seems rather insecure
  • grandmother as some kind of "comic relief" $\rightarrow$ mirrors Walt sitting on her porch, scoulding in Hmong and attempting to spit on him show that their feelings towards each other are on a mutual level
  • father is not present in the movie

The Hmong Gang

  • five members, only Spider and Smokie are referred to with names
  • are aggressive counterparts to Walt
  • cruise around in their car, bully people
  • neighbourhood is afraid of them and no one would dare denounce them
  • only Walt's death gets them into jail
  • do not care about their own culture and family (Spider raping his own cousin)

Father Janovich

  • priest that holds the sermon at the funeral of Walt's wife
  • tries to bring Walt to make confessions
  • Walt deems him as unexperienced and simply not able to understand Walt
  • 27 years old, which is why Walt doesn't think that Janovich can relate to older people's problems and worries
  • the knowledge from his training is not applicable to real-life situations according to Walt
  • what Janovich lacks in experience, he makes up for through his persistence
  • tackles every challenge he is being given (Hmong gang, Walt's stubbornness)
  • explains at the end that it was Walt who mediated insights on life and death
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