What is the mood for the movie The Freedom Writers?I am having trouble with this because the movie reveals the dark situations of the teens, yet Erin Gruwell always offers optimism and...

What is the mood for the movie The Freedom Writers?

I am having trouble with this because the movie reveals the dark situations of the teens, yet Erin Gruwell always offers optimism and determination. Would it be a dark mood giving way to a light, encouraging, victorious mood? To me the darkness seems to be underlying to Erin's determination and optimism ... I haven't been able to get this correct yet.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I would say that much of the film contains the tone of empowerment.  This is driven home in many of the situations.  The fact that the students learn to trust Erin and end up graduating and going on to college helps to bring this idea of empowerment through.  At the same time, the building of a community, where solidarity and acting in accordance to one another's learning helps to feed the tone of empowerment.  The students no longer look to each other as adversaries, but rather as colleagues and individuals who are bound to each other's success.  This enhances the idea of empowerment.  On Erin's end, she refuses to acquiesce to defeat.  She demonstrates empowerment in fighting her department head, the students' resistance, and even her own husband.  She also displays a power of empowerment in fighting economic conditions, working multiple jobs in order to get her students the materials they need.

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