as Cultural Texts
1. What is the larger
story the film tells?
2. How does the
film use characters to
develop and reinforce its larger theme
3. How does the
director use critical scenes in
the film to reinforce his larger
4. How does the
film's pacing, camera angles,
and music reinforce its larger story?
5. How does the
film draw its audience into
the story and keep their attention?
6. Who is the audience
that the film is
created for? Is the audience
occurs where there is a disjunction
between what we were trying to do and what
we, in fact, achieve. Irony often involves our
unintended creation of the very event or
we were trying not to create,
example, during the Cold War we tried to prevent war by being prepared to "fight and win" the very war we were trying to prevent.
a dramatic or
literary work depicting a
protagonist--hero--who struggles for a moral
cause only to face ruin or profound unhappiness
in the end.
the use of irony,
derision, or wit to attack,
challenge, and ridicule a perspective or idea.
book, The Irony of American History, Reinhold Niebuhr defined
the irony of American history in this way: