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Freire made some interesting connections between the relationship of the oppressed and the oppressor and the relationship of a teacher and a student.  Not only was this connection revealing, but it also helped me better understand his concept of oppression and the relationship that lies within it.  Although I agree with many of his ideas about the dehumanization of people through oppression/exploitation which was exemplified through the analogy of the teacher/student relationship, I have some major concerns when he states that the interests of the oppressors lie in “changing the consciousness of the oppressed, not the situation which oppresses them.”  Throughout the first chapter he seems to treat the oppressors as entities without any agency and their situations as something non-substantial.  It is important to empower people by re-orientating people’s perspective about their condition and the relationship that they exist in, however if current socio-economic situations are not greatly altered, then population of the oppressed or unstable communities will not stop existing.  Thus making the process of empowerment and reorientation an endless cycle.  Without alleviating poverty and restructuring corporate ideologies/strategies, there will always be a population susceptible to oppression/exploitation.  I believe that the notion of a dialect exists within this dilemma because socio-economic conditions must improve along with the empowerment of the impoverished in order to develop and grow as a community/society while becoming independent individuals.  Films such as City of God depicts oppression in an indirect manner where many young citizens join gangs and violent crews.  However, this commitment is not necessarily done by choice, but rather through the situation they live in.  Although the oppressive nature does not exist in the form of a oppressor-oppressed relationship, but Freire’s concept of dehumanization is clearly evident, especially in the character, Lil Ze, who becomes a cold murderer.  There are no overseers or masters.  Instead, the social climate itself becomes the oppressor by dehumanizing the people and creating a “dog eat dog” world.   The ideology of the oppressor becomes the dogma of the oppressed.


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