REMEMBER THE TITANS
Film as Text: Writing Task – Paris Rowe
Topic: “Can’t you see the family resemblance”- Gerry Bertier Gerry Bertier is finally able to ask “Can’t you see the family resemblance” to his nurse for Julius when he accepts, in his heart, black-people, and is no longer prejudiced towards the different race. The reason the Gerry is no longer racist towards African-Americans is because of all he’s been through with his team. At first, Gerry was so racist and unaccepting that he wanted desperately to join in the protest against black people, but was forbidden by Coach Yoast. Later in the film, at the camp, Gerry is forced to get to know every member of the Titans that was of the opposite race. As he learns about his new teammates, he is getting less and less racist. Finally, Gerry shares a special bonding moment with Julius on the empty football field. When Julius and Gerry accept each other and become friends, the rest of the team get encouraged and soon enough the whole team is like a family – hence “Can’t you see the family resemblance?” is asked when Julius comes to comfort Gerry when he is in his time of need. At the start of the film, Gerry Bertier is very racist towards African-Americans. He won’t accept that he has to share his football with them, and is sick of them. The opportunity to join the protest comes up, and Gerry and a few of his mates came running. The only thing that stopped them was Coach Yoast, who reluctantly told them to get into his car if they ever wanted to play for him again. This demonstrates the hatred Gerry has for black people, wanting to join the angry mob like he did. Later on in the film, though, we can tell Gerry’s opinion changes dramatically after Coach Boone is through with him… During the football camp Gerry and the rest of the team are forced to get to know every other player from the other race. Being forced to share a room with Julius – who hangs up a poster of black men gesturing the “Black Power” sign –...
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