I am SO happy to say that it only took a week or two of major brainstorming,
two idea changes,
and ONE thesis pitch to get my advanced seminar in literature capstone essay (AKA: my senior thesis; AKA: the biggest paper of my academic career thus far; AKA: basically preparation for my masters dissertation??) approved. What's more, she described it as nicely specific -- which made me feel a sense of, ok I've got this!
So, I'm going for it.
And, I'm excited!
One of my professors gave me excellent advice: make it a passion project.
I'm taking that advice and running with it!
For my paper, I will be exploring the idea of grief in film. I am a literature emphasis, but film is considered a form of text, so I don't have to read for this paper -- thank the Lord ;)
When it comes to grief in film, I want to examine how plot, characterization and the overall mise-en-scene of a film tell a visual story. I will be looking at Malick's The Tree of Life, Anderson's The Darjeeling Limited, and Mitchell's Rabbit Hole.
Each film holds a special place in my film-loving-heart, which is what really aids in making this paper a passion project.
The Tree of Life is thick with biblical implications and symbolism. It's perspective on grief is told primarily from a brother's perspective, though years later in his life. It's a serious film -- very focused on the overall aspect of life, including pre and post Earth existence.
but! I want to document this semester/year. This thesis will play a major part in that, so I will probably talk about it again!
Here's to the power of story-telling, and my attempt to better understand how film illustrates one of life's toughest inevitabilities.