The Equalizer and Deviancy
Deviance it self involves breaking a norm set by our society and evoking a negative reaction from others. Reaction from others not committing deviancy can differ depending on how severe the act is (class September 29th, slide 1). The movie the The Equalizer has many forms of deviancy that results in many different reactions. I am going to talk about the forms of deviancy in this film. The Equalizer is about a man, Robert McCall, which leads a normal life. He has a secret past that seems to have been important. His wife died, which leads the audience to believe that this is why he decided to lead a normal life. He works at a Home Mart which is similar to a Home Depot and is a good worker and well liked by his coworkers. During the night he usually goes to a diner to read books, which is where he meets a young girl, Alina, who works for a Russian escort service. Robert, who becomes fond of her acknowledge that she is not happy with her life and he feels something is off about the whole situation. The viewers can tell that Robert sees this as deviant because he feels bad for her and encourages her to change her life. What he does not know is that, it is not up to her, she is not free to do with her life what she pleases. As the two are sitting together, Alina receives a call from what the audience believes is her pimp, Slavi, and a limousine pulls up revealing an obese older man waiting for her. She obviously does not want to go, but Slavi gives her no choice. Robert observes this situation go on and the next day he sees a bruise on her face. Once again the spectators feel really bad because we know that who ever did that to Alina was committing a form of deviancy and our reaction was a feeling of melancholy. Robert asks her what happened which is proof that he knows that it is not right for her to have a bruise. The two take a walk around town, and Alina receives a call from Slavi to which she does not answer. Then Robert and Alina...
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