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Get Out Resource Guide

The Sunken Place

 

Peele uses the symbolism of Chris falling into the couch into what seems like an infinite space, called the Sunken Place, a metaphor for the history of slavery. Ross A Lincoln continues to unpack this in the article ‘Get Out’ Director Jordan Peele Explains ‘The Sunken Place’ "It’s particularly horrifying because it works as a metaphor for not only the literal history of slavery, but for cultural appropriation and the use of social niceties to enforce social hierarchies." In a Tweet on March 16, 2017, Peele explains that the sunken place means that "we’re marginalized. No matter how hard we scream, the system silences us.” Below are more articles that discuss this topic and suggested books that expands upon the marginalization of black people. 

 

Left: By Brandon Ray from Giphy. 

Right: Peele, Jordan @Jordanpeele. (2017, March 16) "The Sunken Place means we're marginalized. No matter how hard we scream, the system silences us" [Twitter post]. Retrieved from https://twitter.com/JordanPeele/status/842589407521595393

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