During the eight films that were shown, there were many instances where the characters would change. Whether this is a change spanning over the entire movie, or a sudden plot twist where a character changes his or her beliefs, a director needs to make choices on how to present a character. Throughout “The Reader” and “The Hours,” there are many character spins that allow an audience to always be on their feet. The characters Hannah from “The Reader,” and Laura from “The Hours” create new aspects to the plot by a moral change that comes from within themselves. Hannah Schmitz, the leading lady role for “The Reader” is first seen as a character in charge. When she first appears on screen she is a dominant figure and acts like a motherly figure towards Michael or “kid” as she calls him. As the story progresses forward the viewer sees Hannah having some flaws in her life that Michael doesn’t necessarily see at first. He only sees her as this powerful, working woman who he finds his first sexual experience with. He falls in love with her after the first experience he had with her, but to her he is just an empty void being filled. This is only the forefront until the viewer see the actual struggles Hanna has throughout the movie. Her first powerful choice in the movie was when she decides to up and leave. Hanna insists on this emotional distance with Michael which causes him to be heartbroken when she leaves. When Michael’s law students sit in on the trial where Hanna is being tried, he finds out that she was once guard who was involved in the murders of hundreds of Jewish prisoners. Michael was very upset with Hannah for doing these terrible things to these innocent people as well as her leaving him out of the blue. His unsympathetic view of Hanna is put to rest when he finally realizes that she is hiding another secret; she cannot read. This secret now explains a lot of unanswered questions about her behavior during their affair, and why she insisted he read to her and why she left so suddenly. This also shows why Hannah had favorites in the SS and singled them out to read to her. She had the moral choice of doing what she did to those innocent Jews, but she did it because she had too, not because she was influenced by it. There is a change that occurred in Hannah throughout this movie and especially this point in time. She is now faced with a life sentencing charge and doesn’t seem to be a powerful woman anymore. She has internalized these thoughts of her illiteracy and made it apparent she will not allow this charge to give up her secret. She then admits to writing the report which she believes is the only thing that she thinks will save her dignity. Hanna is a character whose personality is based on pride and power. They’re the things that define her, and it’s the way she sees herself. When either of these comes into threat of being lost, she’ll do anything to retain them. She is slowly breaking down at this point and the court room sees her as an easy target. She did still have her wittiness about her as the court judge asked why she would do such a thing. She innocently asks ‘…so what would you have done?’ This question is also aimed at the audience. This asks each audience member to look at themselves and to stand in the shoes of the accused and asks what they would do in her shoes. After Hannah is convicted, she makes a change that comes from within her soul. She finally admits to Michael that she cannot read and attempts, with the help of his audio books, to read and write for the first time. This final realization that the things she allowed that were immoral pushes her psyche into believing she does not belong on earth any longer. In “The Hours” Laura Brown is a character that had a lot going on in her life.
As she was living her life in Los Angeles, she could relate to Clarissa Dalloway, a character in the book she was reading. Her country was also recovering from war. But Laura had some real
Define your purpose from the outset
“Know Thy Reader”
1. Why does the reader care?
2. How does the reader benefit?
3. What should the reader do?
4. When should the reader do it?
5. What happens if the reader does take action?
6. What happens if the reader doesn’t take
7. Who else will benefit? Why?
8. Where does the reader go for more
Stages of Writing
Prewrite: Mind Map
Organize into an Outline
Stages of Writing
February 11, 2015
“The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin vs. “The Yellow Wallpaper”
Kate Chopin’s “Story of an Hour” and Charlotte Perkins Stetsons’ “The Yellow Wallpaper” are two short stories of women who are facing an emotional unstableness, both due to their husbands. “The Story of an Hour” and “The Yellow Wallpaper” run side by side because they have the same point of view. Both main characters in these stories are searching for freedom…
eBooks vs. Paper
Most people think eBooks are more efficient than normal paper books. They never look
at all the effects that an eBook has and what books have to offer. Although books don’t have
high quality gadgets, you’re still reading! The many differences between eBooks and paper
books is a very wide area. The legibility, look, feel, speed, carrying, ease, cost, and Durability all
contribute to which is better.
eBooks might use “eInk…
FINAL EXAM GUIDELINE English 103
PROSCENIUM ARCH VS. BOX-SET
Intro to Drama: Types of theatre
An architectural picture frame or gateway “standing in front of the scenery” /as the name proscenium indicates) that separetes the auditorium from the raised stage and the world of the raised stage and the world of the play.
A stage set consisting of three walls joined in two coners and a ceiling that tilts, as if seen in perspective, to provide the illusion of scenic realism for…
Drama: a type of literature where a group of characters interact with each
other on stage
3 types of drama
1. Tragedy ex. Antigone
When a hero goes up against a great force and loses..
(Aristotle definition: imitation of life which is meant to bring out fear and pity
in the reader)
3. Tragicomedy blending of tragedy and comedy in one play
ex. Merchant of Venice
3 types of tragedy
1. Revenge ex.
The Spanish Tragedy
2. De Casibus charts rise & fall of powerful person (ex. Julius Caesar,…
The Open Boat
By, Stephen Crane
The Open boat is a short story written and published in 1897. It was written by Stephen Crane, detailing his thirty hour experience stranded in the ocean, after the SS Commodore sank. Stephen at the time was a newspaper correspondent and was on his way to Cuba for a job. Crane along with three others survive the ship wreck after they boarded a small boat once they knew the Commodore was going down. Shortly after his rescue Stephen created a short story which he narrates…
Henry Hudson School vs. Rowley
Henry Hudson School vs. Rowley
Grand Canyon University: SPE-350
August 31, 2012
I am writing this paper on the court case of Hudson District School vs. Rowley. I will discuss those involved in the case, what issues brought this case to trial, how and when the case was adjudicated, and the final outcome of the trial. I will also tell how I feel about this case and what it accomplished for the education system. Every student has the…
the context. Viktor Shklovsy’s approach of “defmailiarization” became popular. It meant “to make strange” and it’s concept was to create a new idea on an already present idea, to view perspective in different innovative ways. This also forced the reader to slow down and engage with the text more strenuously. Like mentioned in the intro, the origin of formalism begun so with the belief that the form, organization and literary devices within the text can be viewed in isolation to analyse a certain…
a restaurant business plan.
1. Executive Summary- Start out with an overview of your entire business plan. Think of it as your introduction. Make it interesting, to keep your readers attention. Here are some tips for writing an executive summary geared toward a restaurant business plan.
• You want to give the reader (a potential investor) the basics of your business idea. What is the style of your new restaurant, the name, the location?
• Explain why you are well suited for this restaurant…
The Irony of Sight and Knowledge in Oedipus the King
People equate ‘seeing’ to gaining knowledge. Expressions such as “I see” and “seeing truth” are used to express understanding of something, but is seeing really the same as knowing? In Oedipus the King, Oedipus’s inability to grasp the truth is despite the fact that he is physically able to see contrasts Teiresias’s knowledge of the truth even though he is blind. The irony of the blind man being knowledgeable, and the seer becoming…