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Freedom Writers: A Message Of Hope

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Freedom Writers: A Message of Hope
According to Joseph Campbell, a scholar of mythology states that, a hero is one who hero gives his or her life to something bigger than him or herself, to some higher end not to mention also the hero undergoes trials and tests to see if he or she has the courage, the knowledge and the capacity to survive. To explain what this means I will use the protagonist Erin Gruwell (starring Hilary Swank), in the 2007 drama film, Freedom Writers, directed and written by Richard LaGravenese, It is based on the book The Freedom Writers Diary by Erin Gruwell (teacher by profession) who wrote the story based on Woodrow Wilson Classical High School in Long Beach, ...view middle of the document...

To do something for a higher cause, that was bigger than anything she had ever done, she brought herself down to these kids level and try to see things from their prospective. This opportunity came when one day; she intercepted a note being passed between students; the paper revealed a racist caricature full of hate. She told her class that it was this sort of hate and misunderstanding that led to the Holocaust. However, Ms. Gruwell was shocked to learn that her students had never heard of the Holocaust. It is based on this incident that the hero of the story Erin Gruwell, realize that teaching these kids were something she has to dedicate part of her life too; both as a teacher and a human being, Although, it's not easy of a task to do when you have a classroom full of juvenile delinquents. As the hero of the story, she has a lot of obstacle to go through to find the courage she needs to help these kids. For example, even as a student teacher, Erin was the target of jealous, envious teachers in her building; things do not improve now that she is a full-time staff member at Wilson High. Some call her a “hotshot” and do and say cruel things to her. It gets bad enough that she accepts a teaching position at another school, and she tells her principal she is leaving because “all” her colleagues are “out to get” her. But he...

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