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Read Genesis 3-4; 25:19-34; 29:14-30:24.
View Pleasantville (1998, Gary Ross, 123 min.)

How do films and television shows create reality? What are some of the reasons television ond film media have been so successful at shaping American reality?

What are the leading characteristics of the classic American family of television in the mid-twentieth century?

What are the criticisms that Pleasantville is charging against television’s classic American family values?

How does Pleasantville echo images from Genesis? What is the message Pleasantville is trying to say?

How should these matters be reframed?

Also, it may be useful to work through some general interpretation of the film. 


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