Ethan Hawke: Weaponising Boyish Naivety against American Essentialism

The plotlines of Dead Poets Society (1989), Training Day (2001) and First Reformed (2017) are discussed below. Essentialism is the idea that every entity has a set of recognisable attributes that are inherent to its identity and function. There are many different schools of thought that apply, debate and dispute this idea but for the…

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The Healing Potential of Being Present

The plotlines of Lost in Translation (2003), Paterson (2014) and Columbus (2017) are discussed below. “The world in which you live from day to day is made from habit and memory. The perilous zones are the times when the self, also made from habit and memory, gives way. Then, if only for a moment, you…

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