chapter  5
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ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS 43

ByLabor Practices: Norma Rae

I’ve chosen six social issues from the social issue list and linked them with fi ve classic social issue fi lms to show how a main character’s interaction with an issue moves the story of that issue forward. If we take a closer look at these fi lms, we fi nd that they are memorable not just because of the statements they make about social issues but also because of how the fi lms’ characters reacted to their issue-driven situations or became emblematic of the issue in some way. The characters in these fi lms were so well drawn that they garnered Academy Awards or Nominations for the actors who played them.