May 2, 2018

Third Essay Memento/Slumdog Millionaire

Choose one of the following to write an essay.

Though the story Memento Mori and the film Memento both deal with a character (Earl/Lenny) who has anterograde amnesia. How does each deal with the fact that the main character wants to take revenge on his wife’s killer. How does Chris Nolan adapt his brother’s story? What elements does he take from the story?

Both the film Slumdog Millionaire and the novel Q & A use the questions asked during the show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire as a means of telling Jamal’s story. How does Jamal’s story change in the film? How effective do you thing the changes are? Which story did you like best?

April 1, 2018

Second Essay

For the second essay you have a choice of writing about Arrival or about Interview with the Vampire. Due April 18.

  1. In Arrival what is the aliens’ true purpose in coming to Earth and how does learning the Heptapod language help in conveying their message to the world and to Dr. Banks’ acceptance of her future life?
  2. Louis, Lestat, Claudia and Armand are each searching for love and spiritual fulfillment through their relationships. What is each character’s view of love? Do their “love” relationships fulfill their expectations? Why or why not?



February 25, 2018

First Essay Instructions

Write a 5 paragraph essay about ONE of the two films watched in class. Remember that the introductory paragraph should include the topic that you are going to discuss. Mention the title of the film when needed and the names of the characters. Be specific and provide examples from both the text and the film. The essay should be printed and brought to class on  Monday March 5.

  1. Compare and contrast the novella Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption to Frank Darabont’s film of the same name. Consider addition or elimination of characters, symbols, character development, plot events, themes. Do the changes in the film enhance or detract from the story?
  2. Million Dollar Baby is a film in favor of euthanasia. Was the film convincing in the way it presents the problem and its solution? What would you have done if you were Frankie?