This essay is minimum 3 pages, maximum 5 pages. It is
due June 1st , 2018. Choose a movie, any movie you want, and apply
the concepts you’ve learned in this class to the movie. Though you can choose
any movie you want, I recommend sticking to one that’s already about
relationships—it might make the assignment a little easier. I’m okay with you
watching the same movie with some of your classmates, though of course your
essays must be different.
Some suggested movies that might be good for this
The Last Samurai, Friends with Benefits, The Breakfast
Club, Love Actually, The Break-Up, He’s Just Not That Into You, The Proposal,
Pride and Prejudice, American Beauty, Pretty in Pink, Swingers, Friday Night
Lights, Full Metal Jacket, Pulp Fiction…
Your job is to watch the movie and find concepts and
theories discussed in class and in the textbook. You will then highlight these
concepts in your paper, and provide strong, detailed descriptions of examples
from the movie. An “A” paper will use the introduction to provide a description
of the plot of the movie, and then will use several concepts from the course
and demonstrate a strong understanding of the concept using examples from the
movie. Also, an “A” paper will have minimal grammar, spelling, and punctuation
mistakes. Please proofread your paper for content and format mistakes.
For example, “The Breakfast Club” is a movie about
teenagers who get stuck in detention on a Saturday morning together. They are
all from different groups (i.e., jock, popular girl, weird “emo” girl,
trouble-maker, etc.) and the movie is about the development of a friendship
between these people who had never spoken before. Therefore, in my essay I will
discuss the theories about self-disclosure, and then I would provide examples
from the different points of self-disclosure from the movie, as all of the
teens open up to each other over the course of the movie. I will also talk
about creation of self, because the positions these teens hold within their
school affects their perceptions of themselves. Further, my essay would address
perception of others. Being that each teen comes from a different crowd, they
have perceptions of each other that they learn about through the movie.
Again, you are free to choose any movie, and free to
discuss any concepts from the course you can find in the movie.
The purpose of this assignment is to get you to search
for examples of things we’ve learned in class, and demonstrate to me that you
have a strong understanding of them by giving me detailed examples.