ENGL 201.08: The Stories We Tell

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Would the world become a better place if all of us had Williams Syndrome?

1 in 10,000 people worldwide has Williams Syndrome. It is a congenital condition characterized by medical problems, learning disabilities and developmental delays. Individuals with this condition, however, have shown outstanding verbal skills, highly social characteristics and extreme interest in music…. Continue Reading →

Our Media’s Unreliability

Our recent class discussions have focused on portrayal of disabled individuals in media such as films and books by authors and directors. One aspect that we discussed was that of ethically portraying a disability in films. We look at celebrated… Continue Reading →

Questions about A Beautiful Mind’s Portrayal of Depiction of Disability from Class

What does the movie make us feel toward him? Does it allow us to empathize with him? Is A Beautiful Mind a biography or a pathography? Is Nash defined apart from his disability? There are different ways that the movie veers from… Continue Reading →

Couser’s criticism of Sacks’ work

The article written by G. Thomas Couser that examines Oliver Sacks’ works was very fascinating to me. At first when I watched the documentary clip, I found myself very curious about the lives of people living with Williams syndrome and… Continue Reading →

Ethical Representation in Literature and Anthropology

Throughout our class discussion on the ethical responsibilities of proper representation for disabled people in literature and film, I noticed that many of the concepts overlapped with what I learned in my Cultural Anthropology course. The similarities occur in both… Continue Reading →

We can’t treat disability people as entertainment

As we discussed in class, this phenomenon has happened before. People treat disabled people as entertainment and they watch them in “Freak show”. Freak shows were viewed as a normal part of American culture in the late 19th century to… Continue Reading →

Constrast in Unreliability Between Film and Literature

Throughout the better part of this semester we’ve been analyzing unreliability in both film and literature, but I found last weeks discussion on the comparison between the two quite interesting. Unreliability in film and literature seem to have the opposite… Continue Reading →

A Beautiful Mind: The Power of Will

The Film “A Beautiful Mind” directed by Ron Howard, portrays the idea that people with mental illness are able overcome their illness purely by the power of will, I do not believe this to be the case. The character, Jon… Continue Reading →

A Not so Beautiful Lie

Upon watching the ‘A beautiful mind’, I viewed the movie to be quite an exceptional demonstration of not only the realism behind schizophrenia but also how a movie can be dictated to influence the minds of the viewers through unreliable… Continue Reading →

The significance of Cole’s Hint toward Viewers

In the film The Sixth Sense, personally the most memorable scene is the hospital scene. I believe a huge clue is hidden in this scene. Usually, viewers do not realize that Malcom is already dead until the last twist of the film… Continue Reading →

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