Chat with us, powered by LiveChat English 102 Summer 2023 Final Assignment - Writeden

When we began this section of the class, I asked you to pick a favorite movie, say why you like it so much, and then ask what your choice might say about you and about our society. That is, I wanted you to reflect on yourself as a self that exists in a social context or nexus. So, I am asking you to write a six (or more) page essay on the movie you have chosen. I am not asking you to simply write a movie review. I am asking you to make a deeper reflection, using the readings and also doing just a little research and using some outside sources as well in your essay. You must quote from at least four sources in your essay, at least two of which must be peer reviewed (or a close equivalent) sources. You may of course quote from the readings (should you wish to use them). Consult with Christine Elliott (or one of the other Reference Librarians) if you need any help finding sources. peer reviewed (or a close equivalent) sources


The assignment is due July 21. I must have the grades in so there can be no extensions.


The readings make a number of important observations about cinema and ways of interpreting the “meaning” or “social significance” of a film, and I expect that you will want to identify, explain, and use some of the points raised in the readings as guides to understanding your film choice. The section on Batman discusses movies as signs that reflect a wider social context. hooks discusses the magic of movies and critiques essentialism. Ray speaks of the thematic paradigm of Classic Hollywood (and American Cinema) that was “particularly designed to appeal to a collective American imagination steeped in myths of inclusiveness,” relates that to a much wider and deeper understanding of American culture (“mythology”), and uses the outlaw/official hero dichotomy to draw some fascinating claims about “the general pattern of American mythology: the denial of the necessity for choice. . . . By discouraging commitment to any single set of values, this mythology fostered an ideology of improvisation, individualism, and ad hoc solutions for problems depicted as crises.” Ray establishes the importance of the formal paradigm: the ability to disguise the fact that film is an “’intensely decision-based’ medium as an apparently natural one, concealing the pattern of choices that constitute style in any art form,” and the ideological implications of that disguising, especially concealing “the necessity for choice.” He emphasizes that one mechanism for this concealment is “the conversion of all political, sociological, and economic dilemmas into personal melodrama.”


So, using the readings and your research, write a 6 (or more) page analytical essay about your chosen film. You must quote from at least four sources in your essay, at least two of which must be peer reviewed (or a close equivalent) sources. Obviously part of that essay will be a description of the movie (Cinema), of its impact on you and why you chose it (Self), and then your understanding of the wider social implications/context/reflections/meaning of the movie (Society). Please type the essay double spaced and use the MLA format. You must have a Works Cited page (which does not count as one of your 6 pages). The essay is due July 20. There can be no extensions . If you need my advice or assistance, want to send me a draft, you know what to do. If you have trouble finding sources, consult with Christine Elliott or one of the other Reference Librarians.