‘I was afraid of you, Julius. I don’t see what I was afraid of. Now I see I was only hating my brother’. This quote Gerry made towards Julius, illustrates how the characters in the movie were afraid of change, and that it is possible to overcome that fear. This quote is important, especially in the movie, because it sets an example that change is necessary and possible.
The characters in ‘Remember the Titans’ are forced to face many issues that revolve around change and dealing with racism. An example being that a divided team due to the different skin colours are forced to play together, in Alexandra, Virginia which had a very high level of racial tension and prejudice during the movie. “Remember the Titans’ is about a local high school football team overcoming racism, prejudice and discrimination towards each other and the community, all while participating in a football season. The film views the struggles of being black in a white society that is trying to manage the integration that has been forced upon them and the struggle of being white in a time of racial change and being forced to alter their attitudes and beliefs about blacks.
Many people overcame a change during this movie. Gerry, being the main character undergoes the most change and life-changing events. Gerry changes his opinions towards ‘black’ Americans becoming very close to Julius, who is often referred to as his brother. Gerry also lost the ability to use his legs, thus having to overcome that grief/despair and look for a new path for his life to take. As team leader Gerry had to look inside himself to change his perspective on life and people very early in the movie, as he had to set an example for the rest of his teammates.
Coach Boone undergoes many changes, as at the end of the movie Coach Boon had become less haughty and proud. He also ended up being respected by the other ‘white’ coaches. During the film you see many other characters go through a change