English Achievement Standard 91478



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English Achievement Standard 91478

Respond Critically to Significant Connections Across Texts, Supported by Evidence.

Research Chart

Student Name

Jo-ann

Class and Teacher

EN300, GY

Agenda

CORRUPTION




Connection One

Connection Two

Connection Three

Note: you only need to do TWO texts per connection question as long as you thoroughly cover FOUR texts overall.

To what extent does corruption feature in this text?




What is the text creator’s purpose in revealing this corruption and how successfully have they done it?


What does this corruption show about the society of the times the text was created and/or today?



Text One Details


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Do the Right Thing directed by Spike Lee




Corruption in the form of racism features a lot in this text. Also corruption in the form of trying to corrupt someone else (Pino) and perhaps corruption on the police.

Pino tries to corrupt Vito “Remember who you are you’re Vito Frangone not Vito Mohammad.”

The police may be corrupt: “What a waste” also the accidental killing of Radio Raheem may have happened because the police are corrupted with racism.


Spike Lee’s purpose in revealing this corruption is to show that racist attitudes spread from father to son and onwards. The revelation of corruption is not the most successful feature of this text.
“I’m sick of niggers. They’re animals” Pino

“You black cocksucker. I’ll tear your nigger ass”
Also perhaps that the police- if they are corrupted by racism- need to be dealt with or else black people in America will never be safe.
“They did it again, Eleanor Bumpers. Murder. Michael Stewart…”

That corruption- in the form of racism- is everywhere.
That the police were corrupt when it came to race especially in the 1980s.
That this racial corruption still happens today.
Eleanor Bumpers and Michael Stewart

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ New_York_City_Police_Department_ corruption_and_misconduct

The media also when reporting news about crime:
http://www.stanford.edu/class/ e297c/poverty_prejudice/mediarace/

howracism.htm
This still happens today in New Zealand. E.g. child abuse statistics and reporting them as racially motivated.

Text Two Details


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Central Park Five directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon.




Corruption of the police is a major feature of this text
E.g. “I sat in on the trial and have written in these pages about my concern that there was no evidence linking the defendants to the crime (“Reasons for Doubt,” December 12, 2002). The footprints and semen didn’t match; there was no blood or mud on the defendants’ clothing; their supposed confessions were factually wrong; and one police officer testified that the wording in three of the written confessions was his own. A forensic expert testified that the hair samples were “more consistent” with Caucasian than African-American hair” Patricia J. Williams

April 17, 2013   |    This article appeared in the May 6, 2013 edition of The Nation.




To perhaps bring some justice to the innocent victims who were imprisoned for 10 years. The revelation of the corruption is a successful feature of this text. It outrages us as the audience.
"These are guys, who when they were teenagers, were faced with crowds of people who hated them, and suddenly now they're telling their story and finding support and love from people. It's really gratifying," Sarah says. "And that's all we hope for — that people would learn something from this story in hopes we can prevent something like this from happening again, and to start a conversation about how this happened and why." http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/tv/2013/04/15/ken-burns-central-park-five/2070973/
Burns says he and others involved in making the film have developed a renewed sense of outrage because of the drawn-out lawsuit. Resolution, says Burns, …, "just means closure for everybody. They get a sense of completion. We have absolutely no interest in the outcome. We just want there to be an outcome."
http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/tv/2013/04/15/ken-burns-central-park-five/2070973/
To look back on the shameful history of the 80s/90s in America.

Same as above.

Text Three Details


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Corruption of the police and the law is a major feature of this text.
e.g. The agony and bewilderment of innocent people trapped by Britain's Prevention of Terrorism Act are brilliantly portrayed by the central characters. - See more at: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/7094#sthash.N9IgUTnx.dpuf
Gerry Conlon: That was a good day's work, McAndrew. A good day's work.

Joe McAndrew: Get away from me.

Gerry Conlon: You're not looking me in the eye when you're speaking to me. You see, I know how to look at people without blinking as well. In all my god-forsaken life I have never known what it was like to want to kill somebody until now. You're a brave man, Joe. A brave man.

Gareth Pierce “Will you read this statement that you took from him on the 3rd of November, 1974? A statement, my Lord that vindicates all of these people, all of these innocent people. Someone ordered that these people be used as scapegoats by a nation that was begging for blood. In return for the innocent blood spilled on the streets of London. And by God you got your blood Mr. Dixon! You got the blood of Giuseppe Conlon, you got the life blood of Carol Richardson, and you’ve got 15 years of blood, sweat, and pain for my client and his only crime was being Irish, and being in the wrong place at the wrong time. And one of your colleagues, My Lord, who sat where you’re sitting now, said and I quote, “It was a pity that you were not charged with treason to the crown. A charge that carries a penalty of death by hanging. A sentence I would have had no trouble in passing in this case.” My Lord, this brings the entire English legal system into disrepute.”

To show that the British legal system can be corrupted. The film successfully does this.

Jim Sheridan says the film is more about fathers and sons but Arthur Lappin the producer is quoted as saying:


'This film may have the effect of saying: 'Look, Britain has a very mature legal system - it has given its legal system to most of the rest of the Western world - but atrocities have been committed against these people.' We don't deny for a moment that they have also been committed by the IRA, and we abhor that. But it is almost the measure of the civilisation of a society that it can stand up in certain cases and say, 'We make a mistake.' We did not set out to create division in Britain. We tried to make a film that is pacifist, anti-violent and hopefully healing, and I don't think anyone can contest that.'
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/film--tears-in-the-cinema-men-in-the-dock-jim-sheridan-claims-in-the-name-of-the-father-his-guildford-four-film-is-about-fathers-and-sons-not-injustice-but-sheila-johnston-in-dublin-for-the-world-premiere--along-with-gerry-conlon-daniel-daylewis-emma-thompson-u2-and-the-odd-supermodel--found-the-politics-impossible-to-ignore-1468638.html

Britain's Prevention of Terrorism Act gave the police at the time a lot of power that could be misused or corrupted.
The Prevention of Terrorism Acts were a series of Acts of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1974 to 1989 that conferred emergency powers upon police forces where they suspected terrorism.

Powers contained in the Acts


The Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act 1989 had seven parts:

Proscribed Organisations 

Allowed for organisations to be made illegal, making membership an arrestable offence. …The initial groups outlawed were the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) and the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) in the United Kingdom and numerous loyalist groups within Northern Ireland.

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Arrest, Detention and Control of Entry 

This part allowed for the arrest of individuals without a warrant and on reasonable suspicion that they were guilty of an offence under the Act or otherwise "concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism". The period of initial detention was up to 48 hours, this could be extended by a maximum of five additional days by the Home Secretary. …

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prevention_of_Terrorism_Acts



Note: Guantanamo Bay, terrorism and how people with the power to prevent it may be corrupt and/or use their power in a corrupt way.

In the Name of the Father directed by Jim Sheridan.




Text Four Details


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The Crucible written by Arthur Miller



It is a feature- how easily people can be corrupted. The girls. Abigail Williams is a powerful character.

Arthur Miller’s purpose was to show how easily hysteria can spread and also to point out the corruption of McCarthyism He has very successfully made it clear how unfair and corrupt McCarthyism must have been by writing the analogy of the Salem witch trials.
Miller was called before HUAC, an event that could potentially have ruined both his and Monroe's careers.

Members of the entertainment industry had behaved in strikingly different ways when called to testify before the committee. Some refused to answer questions and were blacklisted. Others, like Walt Disney, complied and named others they suspected of Communist leanings. Miller was adamantly opposed to the hearings and appalled by those who cooperated. In 1952, Miller's close friend (and former Communist) Elia Kazan named eight other artists to the committee. The two did not speak for a decade, and their friendship never fully recovered.


http://www.shmoop.com/arthur-miller/marilyn-monroe-mccarthyism.html

Shows a lot about the Puritans in the 1600s America.
(Use my workbook for evidence)
Shows a lot about McCarthyism
(get that awesome and helpful PowerPoint off Ms Gray for evidence)



Sum Up Connections
Use your notes, quotes and ideas under each of your three connections to come up with a summarising statement that will become the three statements of your report’s main body paragraphs:

To what extent does corruption feature in this text?
One thing I noticed when it comes to texts where exposing corruption is the agenda is that the corruption usually involves people in power, like the police and the law.
The texts (1) “Central Park Five” and (2) “In the Name of the Father” show this.

What is the text creator’s purpose in revealing this corruption and how successfully have they done it?
When it comes to the purpose of texts involving corruption, I discovered that the purpose is to expose this corruption to the world usually in order to get justice or revenge.
The texts “Central Park Five” and (3) “The Crucible” show this.

What does this corruption show about the society of the times the text was created and/or today?
Corruption in my studied texts reveal negative, unfair and painful (or racist)periods in history and cause us to reflect on whether this corruption is still happening or could still happen today.
The texts (4) “Do the Right Thing” and “In the Name of the Father” show this.


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