Respond to one of the following questions. Develop a clear argument and point of view. Integrate at least two texts we have discussed this semester into your response (one of these texts can be from English). You'll want to back up your argument with plenty of examples from the film and course readings. Please feel free to focus on any one angle of the question that interests you (don't try to cover everything). Tell us something we didn't already know! Feel free to write as much as you wish, but note that it would probably be difficult to respond in anything less than 200-250 words. Pay attention to what your peers' have observed before you so as to ensure that the conversation is advancing. You may have until Saturday to complete your response. Good luck!
1) Plato's Cave Allegory and Freud's "Three Essays," in very different ways, connect the human quest for knowledge with a desire to see what is forbidden. In what ways does REAR WINDOW illustrate, or complicate, either Plato or Freud's perspective on knowledge?
2) What might we learn by comparing Jeff, Lisa, and Stella's approach to uncovering knowledge? How might class background and gendered norms inform their style of discovering truth? What are the strengths and weaknesses of each approach? What are the obvious, and not so obvious, implications of their methods (personal and social) for cracking the case?
3) Analyze the relationship between Jeff and Lisa. How does it evolve? What are its strengths and weaknesses? What are Jeff and Lisa's fears, anxieties, and insecurities? What role does boredom, excitement, and third parties play in the evolution of their romance? Do they make sense as a couple? You are encouraged to consider questions of gender, power, and perversion (including "castration complex," "penis envy," and the "infantile") in your response.
4) Many scholars have argued that Plato's Cage Allegory, Freud's theory of dreams, and Hitchcock's REAR WINDOW each provide excellent metaphors for the experience of watching movies. Provide an analysis of REAR WINDOW as a metaphor for cinema that touches on at least one of these theories.
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