Diversity has a great impact on people, and no one is unaffected by it. The film “Gran Torino” (2008) by Clint Eastwood, we see an example of how diversity affected the main character Walt in his belief system. In the beginning of the film it seemed like he always wanted to be alone, where he judged everyone else around him. Getting a close relationship with Thao and Sue made him open for their culture. Their relationship drastically changed his belief system, from judging other cultures for not being his own, to a belief system where he was openminded and also happier. Once he got to know Thao after he tried to steal his Gran Torino, everything changed for him. In the end, I think Walt was happy the incident of the supposed stealing of the car had happened. Getting to know different cultures, and being a part of it yourselves, makes us ignore the differences between us. I think it will make us focus on our similarities, and rather see the differences and diversity as something that makes the relationship stronger, something Walt did with Thao. In conclusion, getting to know different cultures will make us more open for other cultures and see the differences as a part of the world.
Walt is a dynamic character, and we follow his change as he once starts to accept his multicultural neighborhood. From fighting gang members to experiencing shooting are just some of his experiences of living in diversity. However, despite the challenges, his relationship with Thao is important to him. The Hmong culture and his own culture live side to side, and his starting view on them changed throughout the movie. One thing that especially strengthens the fact that Walt is a dynamic character is his choice with the Gran Torino. The relationship with Thao started after he tried to steal his car, and this led to him working for Walt. This was a part of the Hmong culture to show his regret with the action and make up for himself. At first, Walt blamed him and got angry. But the film ended with his choice to give the car to Thao, despite his anger. This made an impression on me, and really made me see how Walt changes throughout the film “Gran Torino”.