Awakenings (1990), a nonfictional film directed by Penny Marshall, showed the situation of patients suffering from a disorder identified as Encephalitis lethargica and its on-going search for a suitable and effective drug. It presented an unfamiliar disease towards the audience which appeared to be more of an awareness rather than a basic part of the storyline. The media is not so much aware of the existence and characteristics exhibited by the disease. This paper will be presenting the value of the importance of raising awareness towards the media about the disease and those who are suffering from it as what the film has conveyed. According to The National Institute of Neurological Disorder and Stroke (2007), “Encephalitis lethargica is a disease characterized by high fever, headache, double vision, delayed physical and mental response, and lethargy. In acute cases, patients may enter coma and behavioral changes including psychosis. The cause of encephalitis lethargica is unknown.” Technically a patient suffering from this is bound to be experiencing the difficulties as stated above. Given the fact that the causative agent of this is still unknown gives almost no justification to the origins of the disease. …show more content…
This is due to the inadequacy of statistics available in which consequentially is due to varying number of cases reported. As stated by a physician at The Encephalitis Society, Easton (2014), the history of the disease to have been found of difficulty in diagnosing and insufficiency of statistical records due to varying estimated number of cases of various countries. The incomplete data gives the scope of the disease an unreliable data and a working progress in decoding and understanding the basis for the
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The documentary 13th directed by Ava DuVernay and was the first ever documentary to open the New York Film Festival in 2016. DuVernay is a two-time academy award nominee for her films Selma - Best Picture and 13th - Best Documentary Feature (Time). She grew up in Compton California in the 1980s and 1990s where she saw a heavy police presence which she said was terrifying. She recalls seeing her father wrestled to the ground in his own back yard because he met the description of a man “running around town” even though he had been at home all day (13th: A Conversation with Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay). DuVernay said, “I’d see a cop and I didn’t think safety, like my counterpart who didn’t grow up in Compton.
Several common viruses can cause encephalitis: Measles, Polio, Rubella, Varicella, Rabies, and Mumps (Encephalitis, 2012). The emotional changes of Encephalitis are changes in self concept, anxiety, frustration and anger, emotional lability, perception of emotions, and depression, commonly found in the afflicted girls (Dewar B, 2014). Therefore, making the parallels between the afflicted girls and the victims of Encephalitis clearly
Lèonce Pontellier In The Awakening In Kate Chopin’s novella, The Awakening, Léonce Pontellier, Edna Pontellier, and their children spend the summer in La Grand Isle. Grand Isle is a town in Louisiana, populated with Creole families. Not able to meet the Creole social standards and be true to herself, Edna, with the help of her husband, becomes aware that she is meant to be an independant woman. Lèonce’s high focus on his image and business makes it hard for him to see his wife's process of self-discovery, he becomes apathetic and can even be ill- tempered towards Edna.
The film 13th directed by Ava DuVernay targets an intended audience of the Media and the three branches of the United States government with an emphasis that mass incarceration is an extension of slavery. It is intended to inform viewers about the criminalization of African Americans and the United States prison boom. 13th uses rhetorical devices in its claim to persuade the viewers by using exemplum in the opening seconds of the film. President Barack Obama presents statistics, saying “the United States is home to 5% of the world’s population but is home to 25% of the world’s prisoners.” Also the film uses a hyperbole in talking about the movie Birth of a Nation produced in 1915 which portrays a black man as a violent savage who will kill white women.
During the 1920s, American society began to adopt values that threatened the traditional values that remained from the 1800s. Many of these changes were a direct result of the youth culture of the time and how their uncertainty of who they were helped contribute to these changes in values. Throughout the decade, the struggle between modern and anti-modern values was exemplified in literature, drama and silent film of the American culture. “Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans” represents the conflicting modernist and anti-modernist sentiments of the time through its use of cinematography and characterization. “Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans”, the 1927 film by F.W. Murnau, is a shining example of the struggle between modern and anti-modern values that
Introduction In our current society, the media is a very powerful medium which cultivates the way the society thinks and behaves. At this stage of the political economy, the intellectual mode of production is largely made through the media industry. Aspects such as Hollywood, television and movies, they frame and direct our thinkings and values towards the direction as they desire.
The film 'Clueless', written and directed by Amy Heckerling, is an adaptation of Jane Austen's novel 'Emma' and closely parallels the story in terms of characters and the stories plot. Upon first viewing, the context of both 'Emma' and 'Clueless' are somewhat different and therefore, the values have changed but the film reinforces the values of 'Emma' despite the contextual difference. The film "Clueless" has scenes in which the values of Jane Austen's "Emma" are reinforced and solidified. The context of "Emma" is a time in which women are given little freedom and there is a social class hierarchy which is solid and expectations are given depending on one's position in society. "Clueless" is a modern take on "Emma" and has been written to
Title: The Awakening Author: Kate Chopin Setting: Grand Isle and New Orleans in the early 19th century Genre: Tragedy Historical context: The Awakening takes place when women were seen as a man’s possession. Mr. Pontellier looks at Edna as a possession. Women were expected to stay devoted to their husband and children and remain a stereotypical housewife whose main job is to clean, cook and care for the children. (Adele) Edna rivals against these standards as she challenges society 's expectations of women during the early 19th century.
In the documentary “Undefeated” by T.J. Martin and Daniel Lindsay, an underprivileged black high school football team tries to break the streak of never having won a playoff game as long as the school has been around. Through all of the struggles that these kids face, they learn to come together with the help of their football coach. While the film was nominated for an Oscar, there are two completely different views on whether the film was about overcoming difficulties, considering the situation or about made up miracles that are only seen in fictional movies. In both reviews of the documentary, the authors talk about both the characters and the directors and how well they delivered their message.
In Kate Chopin 's novel The Awakening and the short story “The Story of An Hour” feminist beliefs overshadow the value in moral and societal expectations during the turn of the century. Due to Louise Mallard and Edna Pontellier Victorian life style they both see separating from their husband as the beginning of their freedom. Being free from that culture allows them to invest in their personal interest instead of being limited to what 's expected of them. Chopin 's sacrifices her own dignity for the ideal of society’s expectations. Chopin 's sad, mysterious tone seems to support how in their era, there was a significant lack of women 's rights and freedom of expression.
Just including a small note or statistic at the beginning or end of a film can help in making others aware of the realities of these disorders. It’s one small step that could make one large difference in the way the world understands this important and complex
The 1995 film adaptation of Sense and Sensibility, directed by Ang Lee and originally written by Jane Austen, has timeless elements in its composition. Starring Emma Thompson, also the screenwriter, and Kate Winslet as Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, the movie tells of two heroines and their struggle between balancing idealism and reality. As young, female adolescents of the 1800s, they are responsible for finding husbands that can support them financially; and following their father’s death and loss of money, this becomes even more emphasized. But, they come to struggle when having to choose between what their hearts crave, and what their minds know is best. Elinor’s ideal partner is the initially dull Edward Ferrars, who is discovered to be secretly engaged
The film “Awakenings” was a hit film in 1990 and an award winning drama movie. The movie depicts a particular disease that was the Post encephalitis Parkinson’s disease and the drug that was L-Dopa medication that used to treat it very accurately and effectively. “Awakenings” was all about the victims of epidemic of encephalitis lethargica or Post encephalitis Parkinson’s disease. But a new doctor, Dr. Sayer discovered the L-Dopa medication to try to treat some patients that appear to be catatonic and offers the prospect to reviving them. Speculating that their rigidity may be analogous to a severe form of Parkinsonism, he seeks permission from his sceptical superiors to treat patients
Today there has been an increase in the awareness of mental health. In the sense that society has begun to take notice of how mental health effects each individual differently. The media has begun to incorporate a variety of illnesses to entertain to their audience. However, many have questioned if the media is accurately portraying these mental disorders. I chose to compare two popular movies Frankie & Alice and the 2007 version film Sybil.