Psychology Movie Review

This Essay needs to be 5-6 pages 

This question concerns your interpretation of “Do the Right Thing.”  For starters, Spike Lee 

never tells his audience what “the right thing” is.  What is “the right thing?”

Why?  Based on 

your sense from the film, which psychological explanation of prejudice (i.e., sociocultural, 

personality, or cognitive) does Spike Lee seem to favor?  

Why?  

Trace a few of the significant 

events that occur throughout the film and explain h

ow they illustrate the particular theory you 

choose.  Using any of the theories, discuss the ultimate conflict at the end

.

In general, does 

Spike Lee seem optimistic or pessimistic about the future of race relations?  Could this film be of 

use in the batt

le against racial prejudice?  Explain.

Finally, using your knowledge (and insight) from the course, analyze 

and answer 

the following:

Was Buggin’ Out justified in his demand that Sal place pictures of African

Americans on his

wall? 

Why was “the Mayor” treated poorly by the neighborhood residents?

Of what importance were the three black males sitting on the sidewalk?  Pay particular

attention to their discussion of the Korean market across the street.

Can one characterize each of the following as racist: Sal, Sal’s sons, Buggin’ Out, Radio

Rahim, Mookie?

Why?

What purpose was served by Mookie’s throwing a trash can through the storefront of the

pizzeria?

Watching the Video

:

There is a highquality video version available for 24 hour rental from Amazon,

It only costs 

$3.99.

The 

weblink is:

http://www.amazon.com/DotheRightThing/dp/B000ICXQTC