WEEK 9 FILM 5
JungleFeveris a film that focuses on sexual admiration amid individuals ofdifferent races. It features Wesley Snipes as Flipper and AnnabellaSciorra as Angie. Flipper is a married and successful architect,while Angie is his assistant. When Angie begins to work underFlipper, in his Manhattan office, they become sexually attracted toeach other and start an affair. The affair results in disagreementswithin their families. Flipper’s family comprises both his parentsand a wife. He claims to love his spouse, despite being sexuallydrawn to Angie. Angie is an Italian-American whose family comes fromBensonhurst. She is engaged to Carbonne, who works in his father’scompany. The affair between Flipper and Angie shocks their familiesresulting in racial hatred and reproach.
Themovie evaluates the consequences of having an affair. Watching thefilm, it becomes apparent that Flipper and Angie’s families are notangered by the affair, rather because it is an interracial affair.Spike Lee, focuses of racism in metropolitan New York. JungleFeveris Lee’s reference to harmful sexual appeal amid interracial.Frequently, he supposes that when whites and blacks have an affair,it arises from media founded myths concerning the sexual fascinationof another race, and not love.
Semioticshelp in plot development and enhance the audience’s understandingof the major issue evaluated in JungleFever.The message is on racism. Lee brings out the racial hatred thatarises amid families following an interracial affair. The filminforms on the prejudice and stereotypes interracial couples face.The phrase JungleFeverbrings to light the metaphor of disease. It refers to a fever, whichcharacters are at peril of catching. The disease in the context ofthe film is sexual admiration for people from different races. Itenhances comprehension on the view of interracial associations in the90s, which progress to affect us to date. Motifs involve the Blacksfrom Harlem and Bensonhurst Italians. The regions remind viewers ofracial separation. Symbolism is apparent in the main characters.Angie is an Italian American employed to depict the American powersystem. Italian-American men are symbolized as brutal and greedy.Angie’s father beats her mercilessly after learning of her affairwith a black man. The father and son’s table manners portray themas greedy.
Thefilm contributes to the comprehension of how interracialrelationships or sex is viewed by the larger community during thehistorical period. Lee brings out the picture that interracialrelationships arise from sexual attraction and not affection betweenthe characters. Thus, even when the characters progress to have sex,they intend to gratify the sexual myths propagated. During theperiod, there is widespread belief that individuals from a differentrace are more sexually appealing.
Daileader’sreading uses white women as the subject to evaluate whyAnglo-American tradition and famous stories of interracial sexcomprise of a black man and white woman. Rarely do texts focus on ablack woman and a white man. The reading employs cultural obsessionwith narratives sequenced on Shakespeare’s Othello and the issue ofwhite male sexual attraction to blacks. Daileader argues that blackmales’ sexual depiction attracts white females, and vice versa.This causes black women to question their sexuality. The viewchallenges the belief that interracial relationships are founded onlove. Based on the reading, it is possible to conclude that thoughinterracial relationships may be based on love, there are those basedon the sexual allure of individuals from different races.
Thequote, “many would agree that interracial relationships are nolonger taboo, but still bring great frustration to many”,illustrates the different views about interracial relationships(Tillery, 2011). The quote is significant because it evaluates raceas a major determinant on the success of a relationship. People maynot publicly despise interracial couples, but deep down, there arestill individuals that view the couples with prejudice.
Tillery,A. (May 11, 2011). Jungle Fever 20 Years Later. Uptown,1-2.