Carter's Transformation In The Film The Hurricane

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In the film "The Hurricane" directed by Norman Jewison, an interesting character was Rubin Carter. Carter is an interesting character because of the changes he goes through throughout his life in prison until he is freed in 1988. Carter is aggressive and angry at first but has developed into a calmer and wiser man when he meets Lesra, a young African-American boy inspired by Carter's story. From the time of his meeting with Lesra to the end of the film, Carter begins to realize the importance of trust and eventually, this is what sets him free.

In the beginning of the film, Carter is angry and aggressive. He holds a grudge against white people as he believes they are the reason he was imprisoned. "Everything I lost, I lost at the hand of white folks." To some extent this is very true. Carter is still furious at being falsely imprisoned for "three times life" for a murder he didn't even commit and believes solely in his innocence, so much in fact that he trained himself to not follow and conform to prison routine. Carter's former glory of being the "welter-weight champion of the world" is fading fast and all he can do is try to survive and stay sane. The audience sees Carter through mid-shots through prison bars. This enforces the idea of imprisonment and solitude. His strong and coarse language implies aggression and anger "I ain't taking no shit in here." as well as hatred for the people who wrongly accused him of murder.

Towards the middle of the film the sub plot of Lesra and the Canadians is introduced. Lesra, a young African-American boy currently being homeschooled by three white Canadians, is truly inspired by Carter's book that he wrote titled "The Sixteenth Round". He corresponds with Carter via letters and eventually arranges to meet him. Carter...

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