Writing Project: An Evaluation of William Wyler’s movie, The Letter (1940)
The Writing Project on William Wyler’s movie.
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Instructions and Tips
This writing task asks you to put in writing a brief paper analyzing William Wyler’s movie, The Letter (1940) by answering ONE of the next units of immediate questions under. As well as, please draw upon supplies from class lectures and in-class dialogue. For this task, you should write a three-page (most four-page) essay answering of the immediate questions under. The task asks you to investigate Hollywood representations of the “Others” in Wyler’s movie. Your essay needs to be neatly typed and doubled spaced (with one-inch margins, and make sure to quantity your pages). Extra essential, please construction your essay round a thesis assertion, and manage your visible evaluation and dialogue of two particular scenes from the movie right into a cohesive argument.
Be aware: Please make sure to select two particular scenes that allow you to check and distinction how Asians (or “Others”) versus the hegemonic (“dominant” or “superior” race) Whites are represented in Wyler’s movie.
Please learn Richard A. Oehling, “The Yellow Menace: Asian Photographs in American Movie,” in your course reader (Canvas, beneath “Readings, week 1”), which gives you with a short historical past of how Asians are portrayed in Hollywood movies. As I already talked about, this writing task requires no analysis past studying Richard A. Oehling’s article posted in a folder on Canvas, beneath “Readings, week 1”. Nevertheless, when applicable, please reference Oehling’s article in correct footnotes (or endnotes). There are a lot of completely different types of footnotes and endnotes. Please use the Chicago Type of footnotes and endnotes and yow will discover instruction and examples atthe Perdue College On-line Writing Lab (OWL):https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/chicago_manual_17th_edition/books.ht ml
Be aware: Ought to you want to learn to use footnotes, it is a very helpful on-line useful resource.
Please observe additionally that we don’t settle for Websites as sources (i.e., don’t use Google or Wikipedia for this task).
Be aware: Please DO NOT fill your pages with a abstract of the plot of the movie. Understand that you’re requested to supply your individual evaluation, not write a synopsis. Relaxation assured that we’ve got seen this movie many instances, so simply point out the plot when it’s related to your argument. You’re going to get an automated “F” in your paper for those who hand in a paper that’s merely a abstract of the story narrated within the movie.
Warning: If you don’t observe the above instructions and pointers, you threat failing the writing task.
DO NOT PLAGIARISM
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What particular nation (or international locations) is (are) referred to within the movie? How are Asians represented and portrayed in Wyler’s movie? How does the black and white format of Wyler’s movie lend itself to visible representations of this racial/colonial binary? How do the make up, gown, speech, facial, and bodily expressions contribute to the racial distinction between the 2 foremost feminine characters within the movie: Mrs. Hammond, “the Eurasian girl” (Gale Sondergaard), and Leslie Crosbie (Bette Davis)?
Focus on when and the way Leslie Crosbie crochets within the movie. In what methods does Crosbie’s exercise stand metaphorically as a visible narrative thread that helps to untangle the movie’s advanced narrative plot right into a coherent story? In what conditions and circumstances can we see Crosbie crochet within the movie? How may we interpret the lace scarf that Crosbie wore to satisfy Mrs. Hammond associated to this motif of veiling and unveiling of her true face and her hidden motive?
How does the portrayal of Ong Chi Seng’s character (Victor Sen Yung) within the movie make clear European and white American perceptions of “Asian” males? Is he portrayed as masculine? Is he represented as a beneficiant and frank character?
In what methods does the visible depiction of inside house within the movie signify racial variations? How does the lighting of areas illuminate the contrasting world of the white colonialists (expatriates) versus the “Others”? How may the moonlight (or the dearth thereof) and its particular affiliation with the looks of the “Asians” (or “Others”) within the movie make clear Hollywood perceptions and characterizations of the “Others” as darkish, mysterious and thus not simply legible?