The Rise of Decolonial Image: Postcolonial Reading to Django Unchained Movie by Quentin Tarantino


  • Samal Marf Mohammed English Department, College of Basic Education , University of Raparin, Ranya, Kurdistan Region, Iraq.



Django, Decolonization, Orientalized Orientals, Postcolonialism and Quentin Tarantino.


This paper provides postcolonial analysis of Django Unchained movie which is written and directed by American Film writer Quentin Tarantino in 2012.  More specifically, the analysis focused on three primary components: firstly, Quentin Tarantino’s critique for slavery of blacks and racial discrimination, secondly, Orientalized Oriental discourse via postcolonial lens, and thirdly, decolonization discourse which is represented by Django, the protagonist of the movie. Throughout the movie, the viewers can see many scenes of slavery and racial intolerance which reflects many historical facts in the era of American slavery; including how blacks were obliged to work and how they were treated inhumanely. In a similar vein, the viewer can see the spirit of Orientalized Oriental phenomenon through Stephen as one of the major actors of the movie who embodies the phenomenon which supported abusing with blacks although he is a black actor. Quentin Tarantino gives a spectacular role to Django who becomes a symbolic emancipation of blacks and earns his freedom and frees his wife, Broomhilda.  Postcolonial critics react against the imperial history of colonization, like the structure of racism as well as colonial power which reshaped itself by Orientalized Oriental discourse. After all, Django Unchained Movie contributes to the discourse of postcolonialism in which Quentin Tarantino reveals some historical facts about African American slavery, and in contrast to many other Film Makers, he gives a good role to non-European hero, Django.


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How to Cite

Marf Mohammed , S. (2024). The Rise of Decolonial Image: Postcolonial Reading to Django Unchained Movie by Quentin Tarantino. Journal of University of Raparin, 11(3), 724–736.



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