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Summary: American History X
Derek Vinyard is paroled after being in prison for three years. The reason for prisoning is because of the murder of two thieves, who tried to steal his truck. Through a flash-back, his brother Daniel “Danny” had, we learned about Derek’s life. Derek was a leader of skinheads in L.A. and their white Nazi gang violently terrorized the opposite races. Derek’s actions had a very big influence on his younger brother, Daniel, who looked up to him and tried to follow in his brother’s footsteps. Derek’s time in prison opened his eyes and made him realize that in every race there can be good and bad. He somehow got enlightened and saw another road in his life. He just had to convince Danny, that there is another way to live, and another way to look at things. That way he wouldn’t end up as he did, just because of all his hatred and ignorance. Derek’s father got killed by a minority while he was in duty, which is why Derek’s vision started to blur and he believed everything he got told from his dad. At the end, Derek’s message was clear, and it finally reached Danny.

Overall Characterization: Vinyard family.
The movie American History X tells us the story of a torn apart family, by racism, hatred and blindness. The two main characters in the Vinyard family who are wreaking havoc between their families are the two brothers, Derek and Danny. These two become the focused characters in the movie.

Character analysis of: Derek Vinyard.
Derek is a skinhead in the age of 20-30s and is very serious in his beliefs.
He’s a well-educated and smart man who’s blindly being brainwashed and drawn into this world of racial hatred. His childhood was based on lies, because of his father who tried to convince him about the minorities “Negros/Thugs” being bad people and a menace to society.
After hearing the trash-talk from his father, he turned out to be a little skeptical who he hangs out with.
After his father got killed, by drug dealers, Derek

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