Our academic experts are ready and waiting to assist with any writing project you may have. From simple essay plans, through to full dissertations, you can guarantee we have a service perfectly matched to your needs.
GET A 40% DISCOUNT ON YOU FIRST ORDER
“BIG BIRD” EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITY – ALL POINTS GO TO THE MID-TERM!
ALL of the point values for the following BONUS QUESTIONS embedded in the questions below. If you answer all three of the questions below it adds up to a MAXIMUM OF 12 POINTS. In general terms, all answers should be anywhere from one-third of a page to one-half of a page to two-thirds of a page long. [Go longer if you need to!]
PUT ALL THE ANWERS IN YOUR OWN WORDS. IF YOU CUT AND PASTE FROM THE BOOK or some other source, I WILL KNOW. YOU WILL GO FROM HAVING A “BONUS POINT OPPORTUNITY” TO FAILING THE COURSE DUE TO PLAGIARISM. WRITE IN YOUR OWN WORDS!! IF YOU PLAGIARIZE for these short answers YOU WILL GET A ZERO ON THE ENTIRE TEST!! IF YOU USE AN OUTSIDE SOURCE FOR HELP WITH THE UNFORGIVIEN QUESTIONS—SIMPLY CITE THAT SOURCE!
For the movie, The Birds, pick one of the following symbol-related questions (or do both for five points). [1 = 3 points; both = 5 points]
Symbol-related question #1: What do the recurring teacups signify—on both the literal and symbolic levels?
Symbol-related question #2: What does the scene with one of our main characters trapped in phonebooth signify—on both the literal and symbolic levels?
BIG, seven-point question over the meaning of the bird attacks in The Birds: In an overall sense… The birds obviously attack people in the film. In an overall way–
What do the birds signify/mean in “The Birds?” Why do they attack? How do they time their attacks? Who do they attack? What “draws them in” to attack humans? Why do they leave? Below are four theories we have discussed (or are discussed in the Robin Wood reading of the film)–in our attempts to answer the above questions. Specifically, here is WHAT you need to do to get your bonus points: Take one of the concepts below and develop it further. Explain why you feel the idea you chose best answers our bird-attack-related questions. Make sure and give evidence to back it up! [7 points]
1] The “Day of Judgement” is at hand.The value of life itself may be in trial. Mitch’s mother tries to organize household dishes even before the almost-final attack. Is this a useless gesture? Why do daily routines mater if life is meaningless? Is life futile (and our fight for life) futile? Is there meaning to life? Is there hope for us? If there is hope, how do we see it in the film?
2] We see lots of instances of isolation and lack of communication on the part of the townspeople (and our primary protagonists and supporting characters) in Bodega Bay. This lack of tensions creates a tension between these characters.Does this lack of human communication and isolation tie to the bird attacks? If so—how? And how do we see this in the film?
3] A definite tension exists between the main female characters (and Mitch) in the film. The main female characters are: 1] the woman who brings the lovebirds to Mitch (as a sort of joke), 2] Mitch’s mother, and 3] Mitch’s former girlfriend, who moved to Bodega Bay to be close to him. Is this tension some sort of monstrous irruption from the ID? Are the birds drawn to this tension? If so—how and why does this ID-based/Oedipus situation draw them in?
4] Hitchcock mentions that the idea of complacency ties to the bird attacks. Is it possible that our complacency, our lack of depth, our lack of compassion, and/or our failure to act on important ideas and issues has something to do with the attacks from Mother Nature? Does the fact that we seem to consistently exhibit a sense complacency, callousness, and carelessness have anything to do with the bird attacks? If so—how? And how do we see this in the film?