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Philadelphia Assessment Q1 What are the main points relating to sexuality and STDs to arise in this movie The major point the movie makes about sexuality is that homosexuals are people too The movie clearly shows how general society hates them and sets the apart from the rest of us like they have leprosy It shows that Andrew Beckett is a perfectly normal person from a perfectly normal family with a perfectly normal upbringing He is not a dangerous unsafe freaks who needs to be kept away from society yet everyone treats him like he is The film shows us how we treat these people and tries to show us how we can change our societys in general prejudiced opinions and ideas just as Joe Miller accepted Beckett as a normal human being The film also shows how people cope with their fear of homosexuals Miller openly calls them fagots and the senior partners of Becketts law firm tell gay jokes all which is openly prejudiced This prejudice also leads on to a fear and ignorance of AIDS The characters are extremely afraid of somehow catching the AIDS virus scared to go near Beckett as if it could be transmitted like the common cold The movie helps to dispel the fears and myths people have about AIDSHIV Q2 What misconceptions do people have about AIDS and homosexuals in this movie There are many misunderstandings that people have about the AIDS virus People in the movie like many people in the real world dont fully understand what AIDS is or how people can contact it One of the first major occurrences of this in the movie is when Andrew Beckett Tom Hanks applies at the law offices of Joe Miller Denzel Washington for help in his unfair dismissal case against his former employers As soon as he alerted Miller to the fact he had AIDS Miller became visibly shaken He eyed carefully everything
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