Bruce Beresford, takes place In post-World War II Atlanta, Georgia. The mall character of the movie Is Miss Daisy Whereat, a Jewish widow In her seventies. The movie begins with her putting her car into the wrong gear, and going in reverse into her neighbor? yard. Thus, her son, Billie Whereat, believes that no insurance companies would want to insure her after this incident. At his business, Whereat Industries, he runs across a man by the name of Hook Color, who is an older black man with a lot f driving experience.
He used to drive for the Dally Center, as well as the popular Judge Stone. After Hook shows his handiness by helping some of Mr.. Whereat? workers get out of an elevator that they were stuck In, Bobble offers Hook the job of driving his mother around. Hook accepts this job, but has no idea what he is getting himself into. When he arrives at Miss house with Mr.. Whereat, Miss maid, Ideal, even says something along the lines of, take that Job even if God came down to Earth himself and asked me For a significant amount of time after Hook becomes Miss river, she Is very rude to him and It Is not a hard task to realize that she Is prejudice.
She would get mad at Hook for even speaking with Ideal, or looking at her family pictures on the walls, or even trying to attend to her garden. She felt that he had no business meddling with any of those things, and she would not even let Hook drive for her at first. Miss Daisy actually began to walk to the Piggy Wiggly store instead of accepting a ride from Hook, but Hook drove the car next to her on the sidewalk until she affably gave In and got In the car. She Immediately began to correctly his driving ND tell him he was going In the wrong direction. Even though he was going the speed limit and taking a shorter route to the Piggy Wiggly. In time Miss Daisy realizes how good of a person Hook is, especially when she accuses him of stealing a can of salmon and he admits to eating It the day before, but that he had stopped by the Piggy Wiggly to buy her another can as a replacement. From then on, Miss Daisy and Hook had a wonderful relationship and actually became best friends. Throughout the movie there are a few major themes that are closely related to the study of southern Jewish history. E of these themes Includes the prosperity of Mr.. Company, Whereat Industries. He became a very wealthy man and obviously has transcended his wealth to his mother, who also lives a rich life. This connects to Southern Jewish history in that Jews were very much inclined to have their own businesses since they had experience in other aspects of the economy, besides the agricultural aspects like most people. Also, during the movie it is simple to pick out that Mr.. Whereat Is not your traditional Jewish man.
Despite the fact that his mother attends Temple every week, he does not, and he seems to be very much influenced by his Christian wife, Fluorine. Mr.. Whereat accepts his Jewish background, but embrace it as many Jews of that time did. In this movie he symbolizes the assimilation of Jewish culture within the South. There were two scenes In the movie that felt very much in tune with the discussions, which take place In our class. At one point in the movie, Hook is driving MISS Dally to newer mouse In Modeled, Ladder Ana teen stop on ten side of the road to eat lunch.
Before they get back in the car to continue their drive, two policemen come up to Hook in a very suspecting manner and ask him what he is owing. They continue to ask him for his registration and Miss Daisy speaks up and claims that it is her car. Once the policemen receive the registration, they comment on Miss last name and say they have never heard of it before, and they have these arrogant expressions about themselves. When Hook and Miss Daisy are released to continue their drive, one of the policemen says, “An old Niger and an old Jewish woman taking off down the road together.
That is one ugly sight. ” A little ways down the road, Miss Daisy and Hook realize they are lost and have to turn around. Hook has to stop at a service station so that he can put gas in the car and so that Miss Daisy can use the bathroom. Afterwards, Hook has to stop on the side of the road to use the bathroom since a man of his color was not allowed to use the bathroom at the service station. While he was using the bathroom in the woods, it was simple to note that Miss Daisy if fearful to be alone after being questioned by those policemen earlier.
This scene makes it understood that anti-Semitism was still a factor as well as prejudice towards Blacks. Another part of the movie that served as one of the most powerful scenes was the mobbing of the Temple that Miss Daisy regularly attends. It is a very dark and rainy day as Hook is driving Miss Daisy back from her award ceremony, in which he received the 1966 Business Man of the Year by The Business Council. They get caught in traffic and Hook gets out of the car to figure out what is going on.
When he gets back Daisy says that they are going to be late for Temple, but Hook says that being late matter very much because, done gone and bombed the Temple. ?C,-1?0 She becomes very emotional and does not want to believe that this has actually happened. On the drive back to her house, Hook tells a Tory in which the father of one of his childhood friends was hung. Miss Daisy gets angry and is blind in relating the bombing of the Temple to the hanging of a black man. A few scenes later in the movie, Miss Daisy attends one of Martin Luther King speeches, while Hook waits out in the car.
It seems as though after the bombing of the Temple Miss Daisy took a liking to Martin Luther King Jar. Because he did not only speak for Blacks, but rather for everyone who was treated unequally and unfairly. These scenes in the movie lay out the framework for the problems in society during that time period. Anti-Semitism is reoccurring here, but the Joining of Blacks and Jews during this time can also be witnessed during the scene including Martin Luther King speech. Driving Miss Daisy was one of those wonderful feel-good movies that always seems to touch your heart.
The main message of the movie is that a person of any background whatsoever can get along with another person of a completely different background, as did Miss Daisy and Hook. Throughout the movie Miss Daisy and Hook go through some rough times, but they become best friends. Miss Daisy forgets all about her prejudice, and becomes a much more humble woman. In her forgetting prejudice it is quite easy to see that she seems to be more at peace, happier with herself, and with life in general.
This movie depicted Southern Jewish culture, as well as the South in general, in a very good manner and tone. If one were to wonder why ten elves AT Blacks Ana Jews were closely related aurally tans time parlor, Driving MISS Daisy would be a wonderful movie choice. Not only does it layout the framework of Southern society and culture really well, but it will definitely stir up some emotions and make the problems within society feel very close to home.