Ayaan Hirsi Ali Everyone followed the cartoon crisis, or the crisis about the cartoon drawings of Mohammed in Denmark. That led to an explosion of violence because large groups of Muslims still will not accept criticism of their religion. Over and over again, when in the name of Islam, human blood is shed, Muslims are very quiet. When drawings are made or some perceived slight or offences given by writing a book, or making a drawing, or in some way criticising the dogmas of Islam, people take to the streets.
Here was a young Jewish girl, hiding from the Gestapo with her family in a secret apartment in Amsterdam looking at an uncertain survival. Yet her diary revealed a sense of optimism for a better future, a lack of fear, and hopefulness that against all odds they would survive.
And though Anne Frank perished, the diary that she left behind lives on, and continues to powerfully impact the lives of others. Erin is a novice high school teacher whose first assignment is teaching freshman English to a class of angry and disinterested white, black, Latino and Asian students in Long Beach, California after the Rodney King riots in Instead, she searches for ways to appeal to them.
The opportunity presents itself in the form of a cartoon she confiscates from one of the students in class. Freedom writers diary quotes in the cartoon is a hand drawn caricature of a black man with exaggerated thick lips.
Erin then makes the connection between the drawing she holds in her hand and the cartoons used for anti-semitic propaganda leading up to the Holocaust - which only one student in the class had even heard of. But now that she has their attention, the door to their expanded universe is about to open.
Since the school board and her superiors consider her students a lost cause, Erin takes two part time jobs so that she can buy her students books that they can relate to. Surprisingly, instead of choosing a book about the inner city experience, she selects one with a Jewish theme instead -- The Diary of Anne Frank.
Unexpectedly, it is a book to which they feel an instant connection. With drive by shootings, random attacks and gang wars a normal part of their own lives, they see the destructive power of prejudice and blind hatred.
So totally identified is she with Anne that when she realizes that Anne dies, Eva is outraged and feels personally betrayed. The Diary serves as a moral imperative to rise above their own suffering and to survive, enlightened just as the Jewish people have managed to do.
Erin then gives them journals in which to make daily entries on anything at all that comes to mind. Their personal writings convey the tension, mindless violence, and sadness that dominate their lives.
When the students learn that Miep Gies, the Dutch woman who risked her life to keep the Frank family hidden, is still alive in the Netherlands, they embark on a fund raiser to bring her to their class as a guest speaker.
It is the emotional highlight of the film. Visibly moved by the courageous stories of this now elderly woman played by actress Pat Carrollthe students instantly see her as a hero.
All I did was do the right thing. But you are heroes everyday. You are turning on a light in a dark room. To personalize the experience, each student is given a card with the picture and story of a child who perished in the Holocaust. It is a poignant, wordless moment in the film, appropriately followed by a dinner with four Holocaust survivors.
It also does not use the suffering of the Jewish people to exploit sentimentality. Instead, it provides a context in which these young people can see their own suffering, not as a justification to keep them in the misery of their own lives, but rather as a moral imperative to rise above it and to survive, enlightened just as the Jewish people have managed to do.Voila!
Finally, the Freedom Writers script is here for all you fans of the Hilary Swank movie. This puppy is a transcript that was painstakingly transcribed using the screenplay and/or viewings of the movie to get the dialogue.
“The Freedom Writers Diary (Movie Tie-in Edition): How a Teacher and Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them”, p, Broadway Books 0 Copy quote Education is such a noble profession, its a wonderful way to serve. SuperSummary, a modern alternative to SparkNotes and CliffsNotes, offers high-quality study guides for challenging works of literature.
This page guide for “Freedom Writers” by Erin Gruwell and Freedom Writers includes detailed chapter summaries and analysis covering 4 chapters, as well as several more in-depth sections of expert-written literary analysis.
Our minds tell us, and history confirms, that the great threat to freedom is the concentration of power. Government is necessary to preserve our freedom, it is an instrument through which we can exercise our freedom; yet by concentrating power in political hands, it is also a threat to freedom.
The most fortunate of us, in our journey through life, frequently meet with calamities and misfortunes which may greatly afflict us; and, to fortify our minds against the attacks of these calamities and misfortunes, should be one of the principal studies and endeavours of our lives.
Diary? “It is better to take a chance and make a change, than it is to pass and pity” I choose this quote because it explains how you shouldn’t let an opportunity pass where you can change yourself and others because if you don’t take that chance you might regret it for the rest of your life.