We were given the movie Driving Miss Daisy which is set over a period of 15 – 20 years of Miss Daisy’s life, (1950s – 1970s). During this period of time she given a driver due to an accident that occurred with her own car. The driver that is hired is African American and Miss Daisy isn’t very keen on the idea of this but in the end they become very close friends and overcome the problem of race issues. We see Miss Daisy become more interested into the rights of African Americans as she attends a dinner with Martin Luther King.  Although the film didn’t really appeal to me a lot it got much better after watching it several times. As well as this we also see a bit of a struggle between the Jews living in America too when the the Temple Miss Daisy attends is bombed. 

This film looks into the civil rights of both Jews and African Americans during this period of time. 

Research Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

– Miss Daisy came from a WASP society, meaning that she lived in a White Anglo Saxon Protestant society, this made her and Hoke both outsiders. She was an outsider as she is a Jew and Hoke as he is an African American.

Characters 

Miss Daisy (Daisy Werthen)

Main protagonist of the film. In the beginning she is weary of having an African American driver but soon gets over her prejudice and becomes his best friend. Grew up poor on a farm, we know this because she talks about how her family couldn’t afford to look after a kitten. But clearly later on in life after her son owning a company things got better for her however she still denies that she is wealthy. Hoke tells her that things are ok now but she denies being rich. 

Boolie Werthen

Boolie is Miss Daisy’s son, he owns a company in Atlanta. He hires Hoke to be his Mother’s Chauffeur. He becomes business man of the year in 1966 and he continues to pay Hoke after Miss Daisy has been place in the care home. Boolie is quite hesitant when it comes to supporting the civil rights of African Americans due to the people within his business during the scene where Miss Daisy and himself talk about the Martin Lurther King Jr dinner, he says about how the people in the business wouldn’t like to see him at it. 

Hoke Colburn 

Miss Daisy’s chauffeur, it takes a while for Hoke to get Miss Daisy in the car with him but when he does he calls Boolie right away. We are told that it only takes Hoke 6 days to convince Miss Daisy to get into the car. Previous to being Miss Daisy’s chauffeur, he was a highly respected judge’s driver. 

Idella 

Miss Daisy’s Maid since Idella was in 8th grade. Doesn’t have much of a story and we know little about her. All we know is that she cooks and cleans for Miss Daisy. Very little screen time. Idella talks a bit but not a lot. She also dies while preparing vegetables for Miss Daisy.

Florine Werthan

Florine is Boolie’s wife and we see that she has quite a dislike for her African American maid, there is a particular scene which is set during Christmas and we see Florine shout at the young maid. Florine has little screen time similar to Idella. Florine and Miss Daisy do not get on well we see this through their on screen relationship and it seems to be because Florine goes against the Jewish ways. We know this because Miss Daisy says to Hoke while driving to the Christmas Party about how Florines Grandfather would have flipped in his grave. 

Websites I looked at:

BBC Bitesize. The change in attitudes towards the racial question in the USA. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/history/tch_wjec/usa19292000/2gainequalrights1.shtml. [Accessed 10 February 15].

Civil Rights Movement. 2015. Black Civil Rights History. [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.civilrightsmovement.co.uk/black-civil-rights-history.html. [Accessed 10 February 15].

Fun Trivia. 1995. Fun Trivia: Driving Miss Daisy. [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.funtrivia.com/en/Movies/Driving-Miss-Daisy-17180. [Accessed 10 February 15].  

The New York Times. 1990. How Major Studios Missed a Hit. [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.nytimes.com/1990/03/06/business/how-major-studios-missed-a-hit.html. [Accessed 10 February 15].

The New York Times. 1989. Review/Film; ‘Miss Daisy,’ Chamber Piece From the Stage. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=950DEFDA153AF930A25751C1A96F948260. [Accessed 10 February 15].  

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