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Why is AIDS a deadly, incurable disease?
retrovirus attacks the immune system and there is no cure
What type of reputation did Tom Hanks have as a lawyer? State a scene to support your answer.
he was a great lawyer: they gave him the highline case which is the most important case ever and they promoted to being a senior partner
What type of case did Denzel Washington litigate before the "big case"? State a scene to support your answer.
personal injury lawyer: he only gets money only if they win, "TV guy" adds on TV
Describe Denzel Washington's first reaction to Tom Hanks when he was searching for a litigator for his case against the law firm.
- scared of him
- wanted to stay far away
- doesn't want to be near AIDS
- didn't think the case would win
- didn't take the case at first because he didn't want to get AIDS because he didn't like gays
Discuss the specific scene in the film that changed Denzel Washington about Tom Hank's case. What happened in the scene?
Library Scene - librarian asked him to go to private room, Denzel hiding but sees the discrimination he gets up and takes case - gets up because it reminds him of racial discrimination
- still homophobic but more angry against the discrimination
List some signs and symptoms and diseases Tom Hanks suffered regarding the progression of HIV and AIDS infections
KS lesions (face and chest), loss of vision, tired (fatigue), lost a lot of weight (wasting syndrom), head cold, difficulty breathing (PCP pnemonia)
In regards to the trial, who were the defendants and what were trying to prove and who were the plaintiffs and what was their position in the case?
Plaintiffs: Tom Hanks - trying to prove discrimination for being fired for having AIDS
Defendants: Company - trying to say they fired him for being a bad lawyer (incompitant)
Denzel Washington goes on an obnoxious rant during the trial, what was the purpose of his outburst? What was the trial truly about?
To get the jury to look as society as a whole not liking AIDS and gays. Truly about sexuality and AIDS
Discuss 4 scenes from the film that displayed society's fear of HIV
1. library scene - no one wants to be near him
2. Denzel not wanting to touch Hanks - office scene
3. firing scene - had Hanks sit as far away as possible
4. spectrum scene - partners should sue him for bringing AIDS into the office
5. protest outside court house
6. at trial call up other HIV patient being treated different at work
7. went to doctor after seeing Hanks
Discuss 4 scenes from the film that displayed society's negative view of homosexuality.
1. outburst in pharmacy - a guy thought he was homosexuality in the case
2. kitchen scene with Denzel and wife
3. sauna scene with partners
4. bar scene - all Denzel friends thought he was gay and said "no I can't stand them"
In what scene did Denzel Washington's view on homosexuality change.
during the gay party which was a celebration of life and it happened when Denzel was slow dancing with his wife and watching Miguel and Andy dance and saw them as equal
Describe the significance of Tom Hanks interpreting the aria
signify the ups and downs of life and Tom Hanks getting ready to die
Explain the statement "social death precedes the actual physical death"
lose all social contact from Gay and AIDS stigma, his social death was losing his job since he loved the law and people judge you and don't want to be near you
When does society, as depicted by the film, accept HIV/AIDS victims?
Witness Melissa Benedict: got HIV through blood transfusion from child labor - it was not her fault and she was straight
What issues are causing Tom Hanks emotional turmoil?
- physical death
- personal choices (random sex in movie theater)
- social death (fired from job)
Discuss a 2 courtroom scenes that helped Denzel Washington and Tom Hanks win the case
- show lesions on body
- CEO - sailor - the physical abuse he did to the homosexual
- Mr. Simon said he suspected that Hanks had AIDS
Define discrimination - state an example
judging a person by his or her characteristics and things he or she can not control and not character
- librarian asking Hanks to go to a private room
Define stereotyping. state a general example, how are you stereotyped?
generalization about a group assuming something about how they look: all high school kids are irresponsible
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