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Worldview Analysis of Movies Potential of 125 points

Movies that Exemplify Worldviews

The purpose of this assignment is to help you think "worldviewishly"—to be aware of ways of
thinking that exist in society. To complete this assignment, complete the following:
1. Choose a movie for analysis. The movie should be one that rather blatantly illustrates the
themes of one of the worldviews that we are studying. Choose from the list below.

2. Understand the seven questions presented by James Sire in The Universe Next Door. As
you watch the movie, keep these seven questions before you.

3. Take notes as you watch the movie noticing how the seven questions are illustrated and
answered in it.

4. For example, how does the movie address the following questions?
1. How does the movie portray ultimate reality?
2. What is the nature of the external reality (the world around us)?
3. What is the nature of a human being?
4. What happens to a person after he/she dies?
5. How does the movie portray any issues of right and wrong?
6. What is the nature of history and the concept of time?
7. How does a person know what he thinks that he knows?

5. Write a ten-page paper summarizing the observations you made concerning the seven
questions in relation to the movie.

6. Analyze and explain your observations about the movie as they illustrate a particular
worldview. Identify the worldview(s) using one or more of the nine worldviews described
in Sire’s text. Use specific examples from the movie to illustrate why you made these
identifications. The grading rubric below will help you understand the kinds of analysis
the professor is looking for.

7. Remember that the purpose of the paper is to give you an opportunity to "think
worldviewishly" and to demonstrate to the professor that you are proficient in this kind of

8. The paper should be written in 12 point Arial font, double-spaced, with one inch margins
on all sides.

9. Choose a movie from the following list:

A.I. Artificial Intelligence Jumangi

American Beauty Animal Farm
The Lion King The Apostle
Leaving Las Vegas Being John Malkovich
Bicentennial Man The Matrix
Cast Away Mystic River
The Cider House Rules Out on a Limb
A Civil Action Rebel Without a Cause
Crimes and Misdemeanors Seven Years in Tibet
Dead Man Walking Sixth Day
Contact The 13th Floor
Days of Heaven Vanilla Sky
Gattaca Waking Ned Divine
Ghost War of the Worlds
Groundhog Day The X Files

Grading Rubric
1. Did the student identify the worldview illustrated by the movie
that he/she viewed? 5 points

2. Did the student show awareness of Sire’s seven questions? 5 points

3. Did the student discuss how the movie thought about each of Sire’s questions?
Total of 63 points
Ultimate reality: 2 4 6 8 9 9
External reality: 2 4 6 8 9 9
Human being: 2 4 6 8 9 9 points
Death: 2 4 6 8 9 9 points
Right and wrong: 2 4 6 8 9 9
History and time: 2 4 6 8 9 9
Knowledge: 2 4 6 8 9 9 points

4. Form and grammar of the paper. 5 9 12 15 15 points

5. Length of the paper. 5 9 12 12 points

6. Analysis of the movie’s worldview. 8 14 19 22 25 25 points

Total 125