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    Jennifer In Pleasantville

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    teenagers father is not deemed as present and their mother is seen in a constant stress about custody. David and Jennifer are transported to Pleasantville because the “Tv repair man” believed the two of them had what it took to fit into Pleasantville. Noah Gitell, the author of “The Most Liberal Movie of All Time: Pleasantville”, argues that the film is directly linked to America in the 1950s. Gitell describes the…

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    film, Pleasantville, the director, Gary Ross, develops the idea that having a personal desire can lead to changing one’s perspective. Jennifer was a leader in and outside of Pleasantville, but known for different things. In the beginning, Jennifer was an extroverted, self-centered, and confident lady. Outside of Pleasantville, Jennifer leads her group of friends, from wearing matching outfits to doing the same actions as her. Jennifer’s two friends always did whatever she did. For example, in…

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    Section one: The film I chose, was Pleasantville, which was screened in class. This film was directed by Gary Ross in 1998; its production companies were New Line Cinema and Larger Than Life Productions. The film starts by introducing David, he is a lonely boy and does not seem very happy with his life. Then we are introduced to his sister, Jennifer, which seems to be more contempt with her rebel life. At the end of the school day they both have plans to use the Television at home. David wants…

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    Lois Lowry and Gary Ross teach us what it means to live a satisfying life. Discuss. The two parallel worlds between the novel, ‘The Giver,’ written by Lois Lowry, and within the award-winning movie, ‘Pleasantville’ directed by Gary Ross, explore similar attempts, by society to create an idealistic world that contradicts the nature of living a satisfying life. Unlike the life that we are familiar with, the lives of the characters in these universes, live under strict conformity as they strive…

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    This is a quotation taken from Katherine Mansfield’s short story ‘’The Voyage’’. The story is about a young girl called Fenella, after the death of her mother she went with her grandmother to move in her Grandparent’s house in Picton, which is inspired from Mansfield’s personal life when she had to move out from her home in Wellington, New Zealand to London, England. Mansfield uses imageries, metaphors, and the setting to convey the two main ideas of darkness and light and the transformation of…

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    Individuality is a key component of the human experience. The objection of individuality can be categorized many different ways. The lack of individuality in pleasantville is to show many different things. The first idea of the individuality in pleasantville is that they have no individuality because they were created, and are just a tv show, so why would they have their own personality. Another item is that in the beginning no character has color to themselves and are following an unspoken rule…

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    Roles In Pleasantville

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    Social interaction is guided through a network of interrelated status and roles, also known as a social structure. Social structure gives a society many characteristics and creates a distinct pattern in human interaction. There are many cases of social structure throughout the film PleasantVille. The film overlays a jarring number of examples of social constructs through very blatantly rudimentary means. Status was a distinctive theme in the film Pleasantville. David (Tobey Maguire) and his…

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    Justin Wong Mr. Oppedisano Dystopian Literature 14 November 2017 Exploring Oppression Through the Handmaid’s Tale and the Movie Pleasantville “Oppression means the prolonged cruel or unjust treatment or control (Google search).” It is a powerful human condition along with it dramatic stories that was first told through the Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood in 1985 and then 13 years later in a fantasy-comedy movie titled Pleasantville directed by David Ross. These two very different works of…

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    Evil In Pleasantville

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    is always something that we would like to see changed. In the film Pleasantville (1998), we are taught that evil is something that we will all have to encounter in our lives. (See trailer at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSDm62Hmbf4.) When teenage twins David and Jennifer become trapped in a 1950’s black-and-white television show called “Pleasantville,” the town begins to progressively change given their 1990’s mindset. Buildings, flowers, and even people gradually become “colored” when…

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    Intertextuality, a reference to literary text in a novel used to convey a theme, is an important element to include in films which display changing in values in a society. This element is especially prevalent in Gary Ross’s 1998 postmodernist film ‘Pleasantville’. The audience is shown Pleasantville’s change in values through Ross’ use of allusions to novels; in particular Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, art works, like those of Pablo Picasso, and 1950’s sitcoms, Father Knows Best. Ross…

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