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In Love with Love

by Nikki Shoffner
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All you need is love, all you need is love, all you need is love, love, love is all you need.” 

This simple phrase was sung by a band called the Beatles in the 1960’s. The idea and notion that you can do anything, be anything, conquer anything, as long as you have love. All you need is love. Love is a cornerstone in America Cinema, this notion of love triumphing and that love will prevail touches every aspect of Americans success stories. Who are we if not loved, what worldly possessions are valuable if we do not have someone to share them with, what journey are people traveling but the pathway to love?

 I will be discussing and analyzing three films and will show the parallels through all the films and the relevancy of all three similar genres, main characters, audience relatebility and social relevance with each film description. I will use not only three films but also six peer reviewed journal articles as my artifact to help discuss how they support my research question. The culture I will be writing on is Social Class, and my research question is in American Cinema, do women that give up their social class standings to be with the one they love portray a strong or week image? 

The core of all the films took place between 1910 and 1960, I will be focusing on how women were depicted through this time era and how that differs from today. The articles will be broken up into three sections all with two supporting articles,  the first section will give insight into women's expectations that were placed on them in the early nineteen-hundreds. The second section of articles contain information about class structure or how society defines working class. The third section includes two articles on how these films have social and emotional audience relevance to today and how all these movies even those set in a different time period are able to reach audiences and resonate with them.

My three artifacts were the films Titanic, The Notebook, and Dirty Dancing. These films represent many similar ideas and topics all with a unique spin. In each film they all held a leading female role that was from an upper class family. All the women came from money and were educated and privileged, but they all had expectations on them to marry well and live successful lives as what their parents saw fit. In each film the leading ladies sacrificed their class standings in going with their new love. All three of our leading ladies felt that there was a void in their  manuscript lives, a void that they didn’t know was there until they met a special guy. In each film the leading male role was from a class lower than they ladies, working blue collard boys that had the shirt on his back and a few coins in his pocket. I call this love the Romeo and Juliet syndrome, two young lovers that should not be together and their families try to come between them and keep them apart.In each film part of the movie is narrated by a main character telling their story. All three of the films generes are romance with a splash of drama. In Titanic and in the Notebook the story starts out in present time, but when the main character reflects on their past it takes us back in time.


Communication 145 I

Rhetorical and Cultural Criticism

Survey of leading theorists, critics and movements in the area of rhetoric and cultural studies. Examines interpretations of speech and discourse as an approach to understanding both real life issues and advanced work in communication studies


Upper division standing or instructor consent.

Learning Outcomes:

I was able to see how much social media is injected into our viewing intertainment. How to decifer meaning with film and interpret them and see how time periods and our past play a huge part in shaping current topics to push the social boundries.

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