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Freedom Writers

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Jinwon Freedom Writers What is this movie? Brief summary of plot Who is Protagonist? What are some conflicts in the movie? This movie is based on the book The Freedom Writers Diary by teacher Erin Gruwell who wrote the true story based on her experience from Woodrow Wilson Classical High School.

The title refers to "Freedom Riders". They were the multiracial civil rights activists who fought against unfair discrimination in the U.S.

The film was a box office success and was positively received by critics. Exposition: Erin Gruwell left her home to teach at Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach and soon realized that her students are all "at-risk"students.
Rising Action: Eva's boyfriend attempts to kill Grant, but misses, accidentally killing Sindy's boyfriend. As Eva is a witness, she decides to lie at the court to protect her own kind.
Climax: Miep Gies' testimony from Holocaust causes Eva to rethink lying at the court. Finally, she tells the truth. Meanwhile, Erin divorces.
Falling Action: Erin asks her students to write their diaries in book form.
Denouement: The film ends with a note that Erin successfully brought many of her students to graduation and college. Erin Gruwell Unlike other movies, this movie contains not just one main conflict, but rather the movies proceeds as one problem is solved and another comes up again. She is a new teacher in Woodrow Wilson Classical High school. Erin's enthusiasm to teach students is unstoppable even though her colleagues and department chair scorn her teaching methods. She often faces conflicts with the school, which does not pay attention to room 203 students. Nevertheless, she finally succeeds in bringing her class to graduation and even college. 1. Erin's father opposes her job
2. Education Regulation and other teachers' envy
3. Divorce with Erin's husband
4. Students' stereotype, prejudice, and uncooperative attitudes. Main Conflicts 1. Erin has to fight against the school Main Conflicts 2. Students' prejudice and uncooperative mind Department Chair, Margaret, does not want Erin to be so helpful for room 203 students because Margaret thinks the students are not interested in learning at all. However, Erin believes she can change those students if she supports them. Finally, School Board allows Erin to teach room 203 class until they graduate. Students do not respect Erin, who is a white female and a beginner in teaching career. They expect that Erin also has cultural stereotype and show negative attitudes. Erin wants to change those students’ negative perspectives and minds. Thus, she organizes the meeting with survivors from holocaust and takes her students to history museum to change their thoughts. In the end, students in room 203 are changed and began respecting Erin. Main event In my opinion, the main event that significantly changes the students is 'Toast for Change.' The students are given an opportunity to read Anne Frank, a story about Jewish girl during Holocaust. Other students are affected by the story of Anne Frank because they understand pain of discrimination against Jewish people and realize that involving in a gang is not so different from killing innocent people. 'Toast for Change' changes students' minds. Conclusion The movie ends with a note that Erin's students have graduated from high school and some have gone to colleges. Erin, protagonist in the movie, overcomes several conflicts and eventually succeeds in having her students on the right track. This movie shows spiritual harmony among many races, including Latin, Cambodian, Asian, African, and so on. The most important fact is this movie is based on the true story, which means this movie provides different races with more confidence to be harmonized. Man vs external Man vs Man
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