Freedom Writers Analysis

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The Freedom Writers Diaries is a true story that is definitely based on today’s reality. It was watchable the first time I saw the movie and an enjoyable read the first time I had to read the book. In the film, Gruwell (or Miss G as the kids call her) offers hope to a bunch of teenagers by giving them diaries to write in and getting them to read books like “The Diary of Anne Frank” and “The Color Purple”. These diaries are what later get compiled into the book. The diaries are a collection of excerpts from the students’ journals about their personal experiences with gang violence, domestic violence, substance abuse, the legal system, home and school lives. Some of these were used as voice-overs during the movie that later becomes ‘The Freedom Writer’s Diary”. The entries read in the movie were taken exactly from the book. The movie seems to only follow a few different character’s lives from the book. In the book the students tell the story and the teacher is secondary. Erin Gruwell, the young white middle-class teacher assigned to teach the no-hope children who society has given up on. The movie "Freedom Writers" is based on the true story of Erin Gruwell. Erin is a new high school teacher whose first assignment after being a student teacher 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 1992. Passionate about teaching and determined to make a difference,

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