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ENC 1101 - Prof. Stollman: Assignment

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Essay 2

After re-viewing our three short films, “Invisible,” “CTRL-Z” and “The Most Beautiful Thing.” select the one that you find most interesting, and choose a theme from that film to explore in writing your essay.  As discussed in class, and as exemplified in the Sample Essay on the “New Boy,” you will develop a thesis regarding one theme, and support it in the essay in a variety of ways, including research on that theme.  The articles for this project are to be located in one or more of the following magazines only: Psychology Today, The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s Magazine

Themes that are expressed in each film include:

In “Invisible”:

  • Homelessness
  • Snobbery
  • Poverty
  • Kindness
  • Stereotyping / Assumptions about others
  • Fear of strangers
  • Fear of difference
  • "Invisible" people in our society
  • "Open-mindedness" in children

‚ÄčIn “CTRL-Z”:

  • Hostile work environments
  • Bullying at work
  • Abusive bosses
  • Making mistakes
  • Trying to change the past
  • Fear
  • Finding courage
  • Self-assertion
  • Procrastination  
  • Rash decisions
  • How errors can make us stronger

In “The Most Beautiful Thing”:

  • Attitudes toward disability
  • Deafness
  • Teenage insecurity/ shyness (and Overcoming shyness)
  • Social awkwardness/ Social courage
  • Emotional life of teens
  • Misunderstanding and/or miscommunication in relationships
  • Making hasty assumptions

 (If you discern a different theme, one not on this list, that you want to work with, discuss it with your professor.)

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