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Crash Essays

Steve Irwin 9/24/12 Critical Thinking Mrs. Clemes Crash and Burn Crash the movie illustrates many examples of ignorance, bias views, discrimination, racism and assumptions. This movie is centered on the above ideas. During the movie every character at some point is guilty of bias views, discrimination, or assumptions. This is due to the different ethnicities and backgrounds of the characters. Towards the end of the movies all the characters begin to realize that some of their voiced beliefs and actions may be wrong.
Throughout the movie we will see the full spectrum of critical thinking. This scene starts out with LAPD officers John Ryan and his partner Tom Hanson going out on their evening patrol. Earlier in the movie a Lincoln Navigator is carjacked by two African Americans. While on patrol the officers pull over a Lincoln Navigator even though the license plate number and description of the vehicle don’t match. The officers then continue to pull a couple from the car named Cameron and Christine Thayer.
The Cameron is cooperative but the Christine is a bit argumentative. This seems to bother Officer Ryan. Officer Ryan then goes on to pat down and sexually molest Christine. Afterwards the couple is let go without a ticket. This scene represents a number of different egocentric tendencies. The first egocentric tendency shown would be egocentric hypocrisy. This involves the officers at hand because they ignored their beliefs and standards that they were held to and did exactly the opposite. As officers of the law they took an oath to protect the people.
Officer Ryan is racist and biased towards African Americans, which is against his beliefs as a police officer. In conclusion of this egocentric tendency, the officers ignored his oath pulled over innocent citizens and molested one of them. The second egocentric tendency shown is egocentric blindness. This is shown when the officers decided to disregard obvious information, which contradicted their beliefs and values. This was done when the officers pulled over the vehicle even though they knew they were wrong in doing so. The last egocentric tendency shown is egocentric absurdity.
Officer Ryan shows this when he molests the female passenger Christine. Officer Ryan clearly disregarded the consequences of his actions. All in all these officers undoubtedly failed at their jobs and showed us the darker end of critical thinking spectrum. Later on in the movie another scene occurs between Officer Ryan and the female passenger Christine. Officer Ryan stumbles upon a car accident. Officer Ryan then continues to climb into the upside down car and finds a trapped Christine. Once Christine realized whom her savior is she panics and starts screaming.
At first she wants nothing to do with him but he soon calms her down and pulls her from the car right before the car explodes. Christine is confused but happy that she is still alive. Once again this scene has a number of egocentric tendencies in it. The egocentric tendency shown is egocentric hypocrisy but this time it’s the opposite of before. Here Officer Ryan is inconsistent with what he believes in. He is know reverting back to his original beliefs and standards by saving this woman’s life. Where before he neglected his beliefs and standards and molested her.
In Christine’s case she shows egocentric immediancy. She does so by refusing at first to be saved by Officer Ryan. Christine having been molested is terrified of this man. Officer Ryan must save her or else she will die. This is egocentric absurdity on Christine’s part because she obviously isn’t thinking of the consequences at hand. In conclusion, in this scene Officer Ryan does what is right this time thus showing the other end of the spectrum. The last scene I will discuss involves a Middle Eastern man named Farhad and his daughter.
One day Farhad a Persian shop owner and his daughter are arguing in front of a gun store about whether or not to purchase a firearm. The shop owner grows angry and makes a racist comment towards Farhad. The daughter then concludes the purchase even though she was against it and gets a box of blank shells. The owner of the store shows egocentric righteousness by assuming that Farad is a terrorist simply because of how he looks. “The movie Crash exhibits the cruel reality that is happening in our society, especially in crowded cities, such as Los Angeles, where a majority of the inority groups live. It shows the black perspective of living in a multicultural community where the differences between people and their race cause tension, racism, and discrimination among the varied ethnic groups. In addition, the racial stereotypes create a false perception and unfriendly feelings towards an individual for belonging to a certain race. ” (LH). This statement rightly defines what happened in this scene. America is one giant melting pot and we are forced to live with another. People are different in their cultures and speak without thinking to other cultures sometimes.
This movie contained a lot of real world situations. Throughout the movie the characters change and show different aspects to how they think and solve problems. There were many wrong doings and unneeded confrontations but I believe valuable lessons were learned by each of the characters. America is one giant place and we must learn to get along with ourselves if we ever want to get along with the rest of the world. Bibliography L, H. “Parrot Trick Training. ” UniversalJournal/AYJW. N. p. , n. d. Web. 24 Sept. 2012. .

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