Similar to Reaction Paper 1, you will conduct a compare/contrast analysis of Frozen River and The Karate Kid. However, the main prompts will be a little different from the last paper.
**Also, a tip: arguments are always strongest with evidence – in this case, this might include specific details, plot points, quotes, etc. from each film.
In your three main body paragraphs, address the following prompts:
While Karate Kid is a Hollywood (major studio) film, Frozen River was produced by an Independent studio. Even without being told that, what sort of clues from each (in terms of plot, cinematography, etc.) could clue you into this difference?
Discuss how Eurocentrism operates in each film, particularly in terms of how we (the viewer) are presented the story. But sure to explain Eurocentrism in this section (if youre unsure as to the meaning, consult our American on Film book).
Consider how, in each film, the non-White main character fits into any of the stereotyped caricatures presented for his/her racial group in American film. Does (s)he ultimately play a stereotyped role, or stand out for defying the usual roles?
Each Reaction Paper should be 600-900 words (2-3 pages double-spaced).
Citations: Be sure to cite secondary sources in-text; use MLA formatting, and include a bibliography at the end (it doesnt have to be on a separate sheet).
In-text example (direct quote): It has been argued that Americans have come to understand that the Constitution is a living document, one that can be and has been changed encompass a wider meaning of equality (Benshoff and Griffin 6).
Author name given prior to direct quote: Benshoff and Griffin have argued that Americans have come to understand that the Constitution is a living document, one that can be and has been changed encompass a wider meaning of equality (6).
In-text example (paraphrase) – From an historical perspective, its clear that the Constitution is a living document whose meanings have changed over time (Benshoff and Griffin 6).