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Gran Torino (2008)

Analysis of themes



Janovich asks many questions about the way

Walt lives his life. Walt asks Father Janovich What
the hell do you know about life and death? Janovich
replies: I'd like to think I know a lot, I'm a priest.


describes all of the awful things he has done in

Korea like hack a seventeen year old to death with
a shovel. He says he will remember these till the
day he dies, but that he is prepared to live with that
and Father Janovich replies sounds like you know
more about death than you do living.



comparison, Father Janovich says at Walt's funeral Walt

taught me a heck of a lot about life and death.


Janovich is like the audience: we learn from Walt's life,

death, and the impressive sacrifice he makes at the end. I've
got blood on my hands. I'm soiled. That's why I'm going it alone


explains why his life is not as important as Thao's. He

possibly regrets some of the things he has done in the past. He
has killed before and so he is not clean like Thao. He doesn't
want to taint Thao's life/soul. He wishes to sacrifice his life so
that Thao can live the rest of his life without nightmares or



Christian faith Jesus Christ sacrificed

himself for humanitys sins. Does Walt's
sacrifice redeem all of the other sins he
made in his life? The symbolism of him
lying with his arms stretched like Christ on
the cross when he is dead may be trying
to suggest this.




is the main issue that drives this


Torino explores how it is difficult for

different types of people to get along. A
lack of understanding between people is
the root cause of conflict. What different
forms of conflict exist?

Conflict between groups


doesn't understand his sons, you can imagine Walt

questioning: why have they moved to the suburbs? They
don't need all that space. Why do they buy and sell
Japanese cars? The Japanese blew up Pearl harbour!


doesn't understand his grandchildren: who exposes

their pierced belly button at a funeral? Why are they all
so lazy? What's with the cell phone being out all of the


he doesn't understand the neighbourhood youths:

why are all these kids hanging in gangs?

Conflict Generational


none of these people understand Walt

either. His sons can't understand why he
has stayed behind in central Detroit. His
grandchildren think he is grumpy and
can't understand why he doesn't share his
car, and the neighbourhood gangsters
think he is nuts to try and stand up to
him: What ya doing old man?

Conflict Generational


is a force that has been particularly divisive in

America. As the world globalises we have to expect that
communities will become more diverse, but Walt
doesn't want to accept this.
This is made obvious by the constant derogatory names
he calls any one different to him: spooks Dragon
lady swamp rats.
His hatred towards Asian people could be explained by
the fact that he has killed Korean soldiers at war if he
sees them as inferior he might be justifying their deaths
to himself, although it does seem he carries the burden
of these deaths on his conscience.

Conflict - Racism


learns a very important lesson: that

you cannot define someone by their rac;
every person is an individual. It is an
unlikely lesson to learn as a 78 year old,
and even more unlikely as he learns this
from his friendship with two teenagers:
God I've got more in common with these
gooks than my own rotten, spoiled

Conflict- Racism


between American and Japanese

cultures. Eg. The car manufacturing


between different gangs in the


between old verses new


Other conflicts


is criticised by other Hmong people for being bossed

around by his sister, mother and grandmother and for doing
girls 'duties'. Most other male Hmong teenagers are gang
members, where being tough, marking your territory and
intimidating weaker beings makes them feel like a man.


far as traditional definitions of masculinity goes, Walt fits

it. He went to war, he worked in a car factory, he is a
handyman, he likes beer and beef jerky, he swears, and
enjoys banter with his mates. And apparently he's got
something to teach Thao about being a man.

The idea of masculinity


points out to Walt that he is like a father figure

and good male role model for Thao, something he has
never had.


teaches Thao some basic handy man skills, he

gets him a real man's job and teaches him how to talk
'man to man.' But the real lessons that Walt teaches
Thao are to take responsibility for yourself, to treat the
women in your life with respect, and that he can be a
better man than any of the gangsters in the

The idea of masculinity