Anti-Semitism revealed in Gentlemans Agreement
- Key pattern in the traditional passing plot
- Vital conversations in the plot
In Gentleman's Agreement, Phil Green, acted by Gregory Peck, embarks on the exploration of the anti-Semitic influences that Jews face, for a series that he is hired to write for a magazine. After long consideration he comes to see that the best way to communicate the experience of Jews, and not basically write about ?facts and figures' (15th minute) is actually ?to be a Jew' for some time.
[...] This is most clearly seen in when he goes to Flume Inn, a high class and anti-Semitic hotel: Manager: Are you . that is, do you follow the Hebrew religion yourself or is it just that you want to make sure. Phil: I have asked a simple question. I'd like simple answer. Manager: Well, we do have a very high-class clientele, and well, naturally . Phil: Then you do restrict your guests to Gentiles? Manager: Well, I wouldn't say that, Mr. [...]
[...] Greeen: You mean there is enough anti-Semetism in real life without people reading it? Phil: No, but this one is doomed before I start. What could I possibly say that hasn't been said before? Mrs. Green: I don't know. Maybe it hasn't been said well enough. If ith had, you wouldn't have had to explain it to Tommy, or your father and I to you. It would be nice sometime not to have to explain it to someone like Tommy. [...]