The birth of a nation

With reference to our class texts


  1. The film starts in the apartment of Mr.Stoneman. A beginning in a "space of innocence", as stated by Williams. In the following 3-hour film, most scenes are shot in the apartment, which is surely the key icon of innocence in the film. Later, guerrillas come to raid the apartment and this illustrate the suffrage of innocent people. In Communist Manifesto, Marx notes that workers always compete with each other and can seldom unite. If they could realize their strength and collaborate, the "progress of dissolution of the ruling class" would definitely precipitate. When the black servant of Mr.Stoneman meets the black nanny. The black woman holds despise on the man. Though both of them are black people, living in the south, she considers herself as a higher rank black person. 
  2. Here's an example of the proletariat not only"increases in number, but also becomes concentrated in greater masses and gains more strength." White people become minority here and black people outnumber them. The meeting easily come to a decision preferred by the black people as a result of the vast difference of votes. Representing themselves successfully, however, black people act in a vulgar way during the course of meeting. Eating and taking off shoes make the holder of the meeting have to announce that no shoes shall be take off during meeting. This is surely a proof that the oppressed can overthrow the ruling class, as long as they 1204cooperate and collaborate. 
  3. Black servant is treated in an inhumane way. He's hanged on a tree and whipped just because of his skin color.  
  4. Lynch is now depicted as the one who advocates the black and reveals his evil side eventually. He tries to set up a forceful marriage with Elsie and threatens his instructor, Mr. Stoneman. Though being the voice for colored people, he gradually becomes self-centered and ignorant. Originally seemed cordial and polite, he would use any means to achieve his goal. 
  5. The collateral damage of war on innocent people. Two small children cuddle each other for support and their mom lies on the bed. 
  6. The two are servants in Cameron' s house. After they hear about young Cameron brothers' death, they grieve deeply. Throughout the film, characters' sensation and emotion are expressed outwardly. As Williams notes, "pathos mixes with other emotions-suspense, fear, anxiety, anger, laughter, and so on".
  7. The direct confrontation of Black and White people in the small cabin when black men try to get in the cabin and white men firmly defend it; the most dominant element of all melodramas. The villain here is the black people, who are aggressive and unreasonable. 
  8. KKK surround the black people and disarm them. Black people here are depicted as being defeated and react cowardly. After disarming, black men flee immediately. Moreover, the uprising black men are portrayed as those who would attack and hurt ordinary people regardless of their innocence, among whom include women and children. The Ku Klux Klan, in this case, has the responsibility and moral legibility to oppress the uprising. Yet the KKK aren't viewed as morally upright from modern perspective. The reason could be that the film is employed as a means by white supremacist to "turn guilt into a testament of virtue".