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Describe an important character in Freedom Writers. Explain how at least 2 of the following were used to help you understand this character. An important character in the fim "Freedom Writers" directed by Richard LaGravenese is Ms Gruwell. She is an enthusiastic teacher, determined to help students succeed she is a problem solver and is altruistic. Four techniques that helped me understand this character are camera work, costumes, dialogues and editing. She was enthusiastic when she first arrived at Wilson High School in Long Beach, California. She showed this with a big smile on her face roaming around the school gazing at the trophy cabinet and she admired the classroom of Mr Gelford. A film technique that helped me understand her enthusiasm was camera work. The technical proficiency was led by cinematographer Jim Denault who used tracking shots in the beginning of the film to show movement parallel to the actions. An example of the tracking shot is on her first day of teaching. The camera was always close to Ms Gruwell and it followed her right throughout the initial stages in the school. An example of the camera work was the mid-shot of Ms Gruwell's waist up which showed how pleased she was with the achievement of the students when she looked at the trophy cabinet. ...read more.


However Ms Gruwell had optimistic views. She did not let Ms Campbell interfere with her views, personality and her way of teaching. Ms Gruwell was actually the only one who saw something in the student. Her husband supported her big dream, but did not do much to directly influence the student's lives. What Erin Gruwell saw in her student is contrary to what others saw. Instead of seeing students who are drop-outs, a menace to society, or dying before the age of 18, she saw the next generation of writers, publishers, artists, and professionals.In addition, the students of Ms Gruwell looked up to her as a mentor as she delivered in abudant of what was required from an ideal teacher. She motivated her students without pretense and did not attempt to hide her middle class heritage or form an alliance by claiming that she empathized with the teenagers's stuggled without being overly condescending and an instant connection was made. Another characteristic exhibited by Ms Gruwell is that she was a problem solver. Ms Gruwell was a thinker who focused on the problem and tried to synthesize information and knowledge to achieve a solution. An example of this is when she was concerned for one of her student getting an "F". ...read more.


She did not differentiate between her personal and professional life. The editor used all of the above shots to give an artistic effect to the audience and retell the story to its full potential. These techniques made the scene seem tensed and were more disheartening and her marriage ended in divorce. Due to the film technique of editing, it made Ms G look more selfless and reluctant to take any action. Her risk taking and challenging approach proved effectual because she truly wanted her students to develop and to realize that they have choices that can lead them out of their dysfunctional community. In conclusion, the main character Ms Gruwell has clearly outlined the idea of how all students should be treated equally and the effects of its absence. She was an enthusiastic teacher, determined to help students succeed she was a problem solver and was altruistic. Techniques such as camerawork, costumes, dialogues and editing were employed in the movie to highlight her characteristics more effieciently. Although Ms Gruwell did not have support of other teachers, she continued to help her students by working as a part-time employer and assisting them with their resources. "Freedom Writers" by Richard LaGravenese has a complex plot portraying Ms Gruwell as a devoted teacher who was willing to sarifice her personal life for her students. Also it educated the audience of common challanges faced by a Freshman Teacher. ...read more.

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