Throughout various works of literature, the use of figurative speech helps to take on different lenses to further explore moral issues. These moral issues often help to explore the implications on a society and how people treat each other as a result of it. Thus, helping one to understand hidden meanings and the effects of overshadowing morality in a society. The film, Get Out, directed by Jordan Peele, portrays the impact of systemic racism as a societal norm and being a direct consequence of moral issues. Primarily, privilege and systemic racism is tackled through the use of figurative speech and hidden meanings. Furthermore, the effects of systemic racism and privilege are displayed through how one’s upbringing and surroundings, in this case society, can affect how they treat others. This portrays how morality is greatly impacted by what is engrained in the psyche.
To begin with, the use of figurative devices helps to uncover hidden themes that are prevalent in various aspects. This not only creates depth, but helps to understand the significance of the device in correlation to the underlying issue. Primarily, the silver spoon is a reoccurring symbol that is used by Mrs. Armitage to hypnotize Chris whenever he snaps back into full consciousness. When Mrs. Armitage starts stirring with the spoon during Chris’s first session, Christ states “”I can’t feel my legs…I don’t know who I am”” (Peele). The spoon symbolizes the control and power the Armitages use to control blacks, without any consequence. This portrays the systemic racism because of how Mrs. Armitage is seen as a means of help; while on the contrary, she uses her power abusively to inferiorate blacks with something as small as a spoon.
Subsequently after the hypnosis Chris ends up in a dark void, as known as the Sunken Place. The Sunken Place is a metaphor that is prevalent throughout the course of the film. The Sunken Place is the aftermath of Chris’s hypnosis; after he is trapped he does not have any control over himself or surroundings. As Chris is consumed by the darkness in the process of his hypnosis, he states, “I don’t know where I am, I don’t know who I am and I don’t know why I am” (Peele). The Sunken Place is a representation of white ownership over black bodies. Similarly, how Chris is “sunken” anytime he entrusts in white people. Through this, viewers are further able to understand how the continuous free falling of Chris in the Sunken Place directly correlates with the Armitages continuous cycle of black oppression through their means of privilege and power.
In addition, throughout the film the Armitages portray the hindering effects of how one upbringing and experiences can influence their morality and behavior towards others. Primarily, due to the Armitages affluence and reputation they display their moral code throughout the film as they use power and privilege, to discriminate and victimize the blacks. During the middle of the film when Chris is held captive, the video that is playing on the TV explains the Armitages legacy of passing down the tradition of the Coagula. The man in the video, a Armitage family member himself, says, “’it is a procedure that not only helps us, but helps us to help you…it only gets better by the passing generations”” (Peele) The Coagula is a neurological procedure that separates brain matter and alters the psyche. The Armitages perform this unethical procedure on black people because they perceive them as socially unfit, that changing their psyche would make then more suitable to societal and white norms. This allows readers to observe how internalized moral standards and ones upbringing can dictate their morality.
The Armitages do not see the flaw in what they are doing, because of the prejudice instilled in their minds. Taking the behavior into account, one can understand the consequences of societal norms in direct correlation with systemic racism.
In conclusion, throughout the film, Get Out, by Jordan Peele, depicts the impact of systemic racism and privilege, both of which are ultimately consequences of moral issues. In the film, morality is challenged as the Armitages take advantage of their power and use it to victimize blacks. The victimization is a process of where they are free falling into a never ending dark void after hypnosis. The use of figurative devices helps decode further meaning in the text and understand different aspects of the overall issue. One is the recurring symbolism of the silver spoon stirred, while Chris is in the middle of his hypnosis session. The Silver Spoon is the control Mrs. Armitage has over Chris’s mind, after his hypnosis he falls into the darkness known as the Sunken Place. The metaphorical use of the Sunken Place is when the blacks entrust in the Armitages, the whites, they are sunken into the dark void where the endless fall is like the Armitages endless control over black bodies. In addition, the battling of morality is also apparent through societal norms and one’s upbringing.
Much like the Armitage representing the stereotypical all American white family, their affluence and reputation causes them to act immorally as they have been raised in such a manner where blacks are seen as socially unfit and unacceptable. This portrays how Psychoanalytic behavior is directly correlated with morality. It is difficult to pinpoint what causes a society to think or act the way they do. Through the usage of figurative devices and various approaches in literature, it can help expand one’s knowledge to further understand the main issues and concepts. This can help one to better understand issues and dilemmas that partake in the real world. Through the various works of literature, the use of figurative speech helps to take on different lenses to further explore moral issues.
Peele, Jordan, director. Get Out. Universal Pictures, 2017.