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English 110 Writing Prompt Doc Courington Question: Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun Times says that the film Crash “shows the way we all leap to conclusions based on race -- yes, all of us, of all races, and however fair-minded we may try to be -- and we pay a price for that. If there is hope in the story, it comes because as the characters crash into one another, they learn things, mostly about themselves” (May 5, 2005). Focusing on three characters from the film, show how they leap to conclusions about race and gain insights about themselves and about race by colliding into each other. What I’m Looking for: I also want specific examples from the film to back up your claims– details that will direct my attention to exactly that to which you refer. Using characters’ names is a must, and direct quotations are expected. Vague references to characters (i.e. “the rich white lady”) or events are unacceptable. Further, you need to consider several plausible, differing interpretations while settling on the “best” one. Since we are approaching the film as a text, keep
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Unformatted text preview: in mind the interpretive tools we have gained from reading California Dreams and Realities and The Brief Penguin Handbook on literary analysis. They will ground and guide your analysis. You will be specifically evaluated on the following: * A clear, concise, and coherent thesis supported by specific examples from the film. * An in-depth, open-minded engagement with the elements you analyze. * A clear, well organized presentation that includes an effective introduction and conclusion and employs proper grammar, syntax, and spelling as well as a fitting, academic tone. For this assignment, you will need to take careful & comprehensive notes while viewing the film. You will also need to watch parts of, or the entire film, in your own time. Available in the LRC. Format: Your paper needs to be at least 4-5 pages long, typed or word-processed using Times New Roman, 12pt. font. It should also be double-spaced, employing standard MLA heading, title, and pagination....
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