Bowling For Columbine By Michael Moore Essay

Length: 3 pages Sources: 1+ Subject: Sociology Type: Essay Paper: #6102006 Related Topics: Ku Klux Klan, Exodus, School Shootings, School Shooting
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Bowling for Columbine

What makes America such a violent nation? Why have massacres involving guns become commonplace in American society? In his 2002 documentary titled "Bowling for Columbine," Michael Moore explores the many aspects of American society in an attempt to answer why American society is so violent. Moore takes a hard look at a society in which fear permeate people's lives and the intense and violent reaction that is a result of it. In its exploration of an answer to why Americans are a violent people, "Bowling for Columbine" raises a number of very interesting questions that get to the heart of why two students from a middle class Colorado neighborhood went on a shooting spree in their high school.

On April 20, 1999 Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, two high school seniors at Columbine High School, walked into their school and committed a massacre that resulted in thirteen deaths and scores injured. Michael Moore, in his documentary "Bowling for Columbine," uses the tragedy as a backdrop for an exploration of violence in America. The film Moore raises a number of questions that pierce the silence surrounding the epidemic of violence in America. In the opening sequence of the film, Moore opens an account at a bank where he is given a rifle as a free gift, posing the question of what is the interview with Trey Parker, creator of the hugely successful "South Park" cartoon, Parker poses the query of how so-called "losers" fit into a society that is "painfully normal?" (39:30)

In an attempt to answer these questions the film transitions into a discussion involving the prevalence of violence in American foreign policy. The film explores whether or not there a connection between the American government's use of violence around the world and violence in American society, and in which direction the influence may be directed. After all, American society is permeated with violent films, television, music, and many other things but so too are other modern industrialized nations. Moore asks what is the difference between the U.S. And other nations that makes American so violent. He then explores the question of the connection between fear and violence in American society asking where does fear originate? This leads to the question of whether or not he media is culpable in sowing the seeds of fear in order to promote themselves. Does the media…

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