Whats eating gilbert grape?
Write a paper on the movie “whats eating gilbert grape ”. Description Students will be required to write a 2-3 page paper critiquing the portrayal of disability in a contemporary film. Do not summarize the film. Rather, explore the depiction of disability and the social message of the film. The purpose of the assignment is to examine the underlying meaning and positioning of characters with and without disabilities as well as the use of language and images. Look for film images of the person with a disability as an individual (not a stereotype). Analyze the relationship between the film and sociological responses to disability. The paper cannot exceed 3 double-spaced pages with 1-inch margins and 12 point font. Support your ideas with quotations and specific examples from the film.
What was the underlying message of the movie?
Introduce how this message was supported by themes, language, and images. How might the underlying message impact how viewers may perceive disability?
What language is used? How is the disability described? How is the person with the disability described? What are the dominant descriptors of the experience of disability?
What are the dominant images of the person with a disability? Is it as an individual (not a stereotype)?
How salient is the disability? Are the characters with disabilities viewed as a complex people?
What are the underlying themes and normative values undergirding the film? How are people with disabilities positioned within society? What do these positions say about the role of people with disabilities in society?