Culture in “Savages”
According to sociology culture is the totality of learned, socially transmitted customs, knowledge, material objects, and behavior. Inside the larger culture of a society there is subculture. Subculture is a segment of society that shares a distinctive pattern of customs, rules, and traditions that differ from the pattern of the larger society. Inside the broad subject of culture there are norms, sanctions, and values that distinguish what is normal and accepted in a particular culture or subculture. The movie Savages shows many good examples of the clash between culture and the different norms and values accepted in each culture. Subculture
There are two main subcultural groups in the movie. One example of subculture is with the Mexican Baja Cartel. The Baja Cartel is one of the biggest drug manufactures and distributers in Mexico. This subcultural group is involved in drugs, murder, and rape all of which is considered normal in their particular group. For people to survive in this particular subculture that consists of mainly men, they have to be extremely tough, emotionally strong, and unafraid of death. The other example of subculture is with Chon and his best friend ben. Chon and Ben are two weed manufactures and distributers in California. Chon and Ben made it to the top of the weed industry in America simply by making the best possible weed. In their subculture there is no use of violence. They portray a very hippy life style that runs on love and freedom. Cultural Shock
When the Baja Cartel demands a partnership in Chon and Ben’s business the two best friends simply deny the offer because they enjoy their small California business. The Baja Cartel use threats of violence and kidnaps there mutual girlfriend in order to make the two do what they want. The two experience extreme cultural shock when being dragged into their violent world. The two men felt disoriented, uncertain, out of place, and very afraid of the...
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