AARON LOVES ANGELA MOVIE REACTION 5
AaronLoves Angela Movie Reaction
AngelaLoves Aaron Movie Reaction
Themovie “Aaron loves Angela” details the lives of two teenagers wholive in the New York City slums. The teenagers are deeply in lovewith each other in spite of the fact that they are from differentraces. Aaron is an African American, in which case he is black, whileAngela is a Puerto Rican. As expected, their relationship does notobtain the approval of the parents from both sides. Testament totheir love for each other is the fact that they both decide to rebelagainst the prejudices of their parents hoping that the outside worldwould be more accommodative of their love and decision. However, theyeventually realize that their neighbors, friends, relatives and thecommunity within which they live harbors similar prejudices andfeelings pertaining to racial integration and inter-racialrelationships.
Theuse of Harlem as the film’s setting brings out the image ofconfusion and crisis. As Shukla notes, Harlem is an area that isexperiencing a social flux and economic crisis, while stillincorporating inter-linked histories of individuals from diverseraces. This, in effect, provides a backdrop and context for anextremely explosive effect (Shukla, 2010). This underlines theexplosion and immense discontent that the notion of a marriagebetween individuals from different races is bound to elicit. On thesame note, Harlem comes with an immense symbolic weight. It is arepresentation of the pertinent problem of race in the United States,as well as the contemporary dilemma pertaining to the manner in whichpeople from different races live together. Further, the film presentsincredible imagery pertaining to the urban ghetto with a view ofpainted murals and graffiti on rundown buildings (Shukla, 2010). Suchimages are bound to underline the deficiency of organization and thedesperate situation in which individuals who decide to inter-marryare. Scholars have further noted that the film foregrounds mobility.Indeed, Aaron and Willie are seen running via the neighborhoods andstreets of Harlem and its train tracks (Shukla, 2010). The movementis seen as physical, as well as metaphorical. Indeed, the charactersin the movie are traversing the borders pertaining to community andidentity while engaging in socially transgressive and cross-culturalintimacies.
Thefilm makes an immense contribution to the comprehension of thecomplexities pertaining to interracial sex relationships or sexbetween individuals of varying racial identities. It is well notedthat as much as the main characters Aaron and Angela are deeply inlove and may indeed make a good couple, their relationship is notseen as appropriate by the community in which they live (Shukla,2010). This is not as a result of any deficiencies on the charactertraits of any of them but rather because they come from differentracial backgrounds. This underlines the increased presence and roleof prejudice and stereotypes in determining the suitability of aunion and marriage partners.
Thisfilm was an eye-opener as pertaining to the role of race inrelationships. It challenged my beliefs regarding the origin andpresence of prejudice. The fact that the union is not approved byparents from both sides has eliminated and challenged my belief.Previously, I believed that such stereotypes are only held by whitesagainst blacks. From the movie, it is evident that the feelings aremutual, with blacks holding some prejudice and stereotypes pertainingto the whites as well.
Themost powerful quote in the required reading revolves around thecomprehension of Harlem. Previously, Harlem has been viewed from theperspective of the encounters between whiteness and blackness(Shukla, 2010). However, it is a destination of ethnic minoritiesincluding African Americans, Puerto Ricans, Jews, Italians Mexicansand Central Americans. This is an extremely powerful statement as itchallenges the conventional conception of the nature of Harlem and,consequently, changes the nature of the conflict.
Shukla,S (2010). Loving the Other in 1970s Harlem: Race, Space, and Place inAaron Loves Angela. Symploke,Volume 18, Numbers 1-2, pp. 171-188