Ultimately to win Vivians heart Edward must reject three major aspects of his

Ultimately to win vivians heart edward must reject

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Ultimately, to win Vivian’s heart, Edward must reject three major aspects of his previous life and learn to play new social roles with courage and panache. First, he must reject his persona as a business vulture who buys and breaks up companies with no compassion for their founders or workers, by keeping intact the company founded by aging ship-building magnate James Morse. Second, he must reject the associated habits and social relationships of that business-robot persona, overcoming Vivian’s fears about his workaholism by taking an unprecedented day off work, and her fears about the company he keeps by punching and firing his long-time lawyer friend Philip Stuckey after Stuckey tries to rape Vivian. Third, he must reject his self-image as a man “hopeless at relationships” – after a failed marriage and a recent break-up with his New York girlfriend – through making a grand romantic gesture for Vivian: climbing her fire escape despite his fear of heights, to deliver a bouquet of roses symbolic of his willingness to marry her rather than keep her as a condominium courtesan. Pretty Woman offers hope that, like Edward, we can break free of our loneliness by breaking free of our habitual self- presentation strategies. 10
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Last semester, the most common content problems with students’ video analysis reports were: Too much plot summary . Just mention characters, scenes, or plot developments briefly – specifically enough that we know which one you mean, but not in so much detail that you spend many sentences summarizing what happened. Not enough reference to specific social psychology ideas from text and lectures – many students started out with a good title and thesis statement, but then lost their focus halfway through the report, drifting off into plot summary or character evaluation. Inappropriate or ‘throwaway’ use of social psych terms without making it clear how they’re relevant to the film or whether you really know what they mean. Don’t define the terms, but do use them properly in context. Then support your claims with specific details from the film. Not enough supporting details from the film to justify your claim that a particular social psych idea is relevant to some character, scene, or plot theme. Not enough specific behaviors by specific characters being mentioned to justify your generalizations. Note: in my one-page example analysis of Pretty Woman (see above), I included at least 25 specific examples of self-presentation tactics by the “Edward Lewis” character; many students included only 2 or 3 specific details from their films. Too much focus on the main character’s situation or motivations, without connecting that character analysis to your social psychology points and themes – e.g. whole paragraphs discussing Leonard Shelby’s anterograde amnesia in Memento , or Elizabeth’s transformation from naïve girl to savvy head of state in Elizabeth . Only discuss these if you illuminate them with specific social-psych insights and specific examples of behaviors.
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