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Sorry To Bother You Analysis: Themes of Race & Capitalism.

The Who & The What #013

Sorry To Bother You Analysis: Themes of Race & Capitalism

Watch my Sorry To Bother You analysis in this deep-dive video essay, which explores the screenplay’s character development, as well as themes of race and capitalism.

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The screenplay presents an incredibly unique satire that follows the story of Cassius Green, a telemarketer who finds the key to success and is thrust into a world of corporate greed.

The script centres its themes around race and capitalism, delivering its poignant and culturally-relevant message through an absurdist lens. 

More specifically, Sorry To Bother You explores how capitalism can perpetuate and amplify racial inequalities while making a sophisticated comment about how race relations do not exclusively define class structures.

Sorry To Bother You Analysis Cassius Green

Another highly compelling aspect of Sorry To Bother You is its authentic sense of character development. The story depicts its protagonist as he transforms from a struggling telemarketer to a successful salesman.

Through an anti-hero arc, Boots Riley explores how Cassius grapples with his newfound success and presents the price he pays for it, both personally and as part of a larger social group.

Cassius’ external journey ultimately forces him to confront his own complicity in the system and reconcile it with his values, which offers a neat moral dilemma that drives his sense of internal conflict.

Overall, Sorry To Bother You is a masterclass in satire, and its themes of race and capitalism are more relevant today than ever before.

Sorry To Bother You Analysis Cassius

If you want to see a Sorry To Bother You analysis from a professional screenplay consultant, this video essay is a must-watch.

Learn how the story’s theme is interwoven through the primary characters to get a broader understanding of the screenwriting craft.

Also, to check out the rest of my video essay series, click the button below.

Nick Fore Script Doctor / Script Consultant

Nick Fore is an experienced script consultant who reads screenplays for the British Film Institute.

He has written comprehensive coverage on over 1,000 scripts and has helped screenwriters get their work into development with production companies such as Imagine Entertainment and Screen Ireland. 

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