Explain how a given work (of literature or film) allowed you to experience empathy for the character(s)/people in the film/work we are discussing – that is, how it made it possible for you to experience another’s reality, feelings/thoughts, worldview, suffering/problems, or reality as if it was your own. Questions to consider are the following: How does the film/literary work allow you to project yourself into the reality of the character(s)? How does the film/work enable you to feel distress at the suffering of the character(s)? How does the film/work make it possible for you to consider how you would act in the place of the character(s)? These are not the only questions you can address in this assignment, of course, but to be successful in this assignment it will be key for you to establish a working definition of empathy (i.e., your approach) and then apply this definition to your analysis of the work/film in question. Be sure to use the text/film as support for your argument.
In each of these papers, students will be required to analyze the ways in which literature and film attempt to cope with the various topics covered in the course (Catastrophe, Endurance/Survival, Responsibility, Resistance, and Memory).