Journal #7: If you watched Raging Bull, please address how Robert DeNiro’s role (as real-life boxer Jake LaMotta) was portrayed as “everyman for whom the ring becomes an allegory of life.”

Or, if you selected Taxi Driver, reflect on the “social context” of the 1970s as Robert DeNiro plays the lead character, Travis Bickle, a Vietnam veteran who drives taxis in New York City. What does the film say about the post-Vietnam era of mistrust and ambiguity?

Construct your Journals as Response Essays to the clips and films you watch and utilize these three strategies when writing: Reflection – Observation – Analysis.


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