Monday 19 April, 2010
First starting Grand Theft Auto San Andreas, the first theme presented is the ďUs versus ThemĒ mentality; Primarily, ethnocentrism. When CJ first returns to San Andreas, the police frame CJ in order to use him as their lackey. When this occurs the police arrest CJ, frame him, threaten him, and finally throw him out of the moving police cruiser. The narrative does not offer any redeeming qualities to the police officers. Since we are pit in CJís perspective, we immediately empathize with his character and believe that we are better than the police officers.
The second instance is when CJís gang and the Ballerís gang are pitted against one another. First, the Ballers attempt to gun down CJís gang while they visit his motherís grave. This communicates the heartlessness of the Ballers. Afterwards, CJ must go on the offensive and tag the Ballers territory. Due to the fact that the Ballers are first shown heartless by trying to gun down CJ and his friends at his motherís grave and following it up with a mission to reclaim your territory and take theirs, Grand Theft Auto San Andreas promotes the ethnocentric mentality through the circumstances that the defenseless should unite and fight back.