I was instantly hooked by this piece of writing because it shows how Vivian is a strong female character who does not use Edward for his money. This character provides a parallel to Kay specifically as some see Kay and Vivian as weak. What I enjoy most about the article is that the author takes risks in choosing in argument that not many people can agree with, but does provide evidence to back his claim up. By using this mentor text, I would mimic how the author takes risks within his writing. After reading this article, I would like to read more about strong female characters in movies and television shows who are also seen as weak by the audience.
The most interesting elements of this piece of writing is how the author is so personable in her writing. As she talks about seeing the movie in the theater, it is like the reader is actually watching the movie with her. A sentence I would like to mimic is: "As in a clearly fictitious incident in the film — small spoiler alert — when Bradlee dispatches an intern to spy on the competition at the New York Times, I tried to hang back and eavesdrop on the two legendary figures discussing the next morning's headline" (Delan 1). By talking about her own personal experience watching the film, the reader also sees a bit of the author's personality, which makes the writing more exciting. She also discusses how printing the Pentagon papers has impacted journalism for the rest of time. Not only does she include statistics, but she describes how the Washington Post is very successful now. Using this piece of writing as a mentor text, I would like to be as personable this author is. I want the audience to feel very comfortable and to get excited as they are reading my work.
Even though Manohla Dagris analyzes many aspects of "The Post", what attracts me the most about her analysis is how she conveys that Kay's character ultimately represents what it was like for a woman at the time. Although she was the owner of the Washington Post, the men around her assumed that she was weak and unstable to handle such a massive job. This sentence specifically caught my attention: "With small tilts of her head, darting looks, nervous flutters and a Brahmin imperiousness that gradually eases and warms, Ms. Streep creates an accurate moving portrait of a woman who in liberating herself helps instigate a revolution" (Dargis 1). I would like to use this piece of writing as a mimic for how to phrase words so beautifully while the reader directly understands what the author is saying. Because of this article, I definitely wish to explore the power and strength Kay Graham eventually has over those men despite their many doubts about her strength as a business owner.
I was instantly hooked by this piece of writing because it talks about the writer's perspective in writing season two of "Stranger Things", which is not talked about a lot in television. Based on this piece of writing, I may choose to write about the reasons behind Steven Spielberg's choices while creating "The Post". The Duffer Brothers specifically discuss the changes of Will and Eleven as characters in season two and the decision making process going into that. They were both scared to take Eleven away from the male characters but knew that it would make the show more exciting as a whole. I would definitely use this article as a mentor text because the authors are very personal with the audience. The three writers of this article write it in such a way that I feel like I am talking to the Duffer Brothers, which I desire to incorporate into the writing.
Anthony Lane's analysis of Kay Graham and the pressure she faces every day compels me to explore that topic in my own writing. The line that specifically caught my attention was: "We first see her wake up, with a start, in a bed strewn with papers and books; entering a restaurant, she knocks over a chair; now and then, she has to take puffy little breaths, like a reluctant swimmer nerving herself at the pool's edge. Not that you can blame her, for the water is infested with men" (Lane 1). Even though this is only two sentences, the reader has an incredible image of the pressure and anxiety Kay faces everyday. Lane also explores the many symbols in the movie that show that Meryl Streep is really not welcome in many aspects of the company. By using this article as a mentor text, I have an insight on how to be descriptive while also getting straight to the point.
What drew me into this article is the parallel I find between Tonya Harding and Kay Graham; they are both strong women who face many struggles in their lives. These struggles both come from other people around them doubting them, which in turn makes them doubt themselves. What I particularly like about this article is while proving Tonya is a strong character, the author engages a large amount of sympathy for Harding as her mother treated her horribly; at one point, Harding was found to have a black eye. I also want to incorporate the amount of textual evidence Edelstein grabbed directly from the movie; I want the reader to be able to have more of an idea of who Kay Graham is. Because of this article, I definitely want to explore how Kay Graham's husband's suicide made her inevitably stronger as a businesswoman.
David Edelstein's analysis of the mother daughter relationship in "Ladybird" is very compelling. By providing two scenes of straight textual evidence from the movie, the reader is able to see how passionate he is about the film at hand. I like how he is very personal with his writing, but does not let that damage his writing in any way; it actually helps. This article makes me want to explore the mother-daughter relationship between Kay and her daughter in The Post. As Daniel claims, "You can hear in that scene the mother-daughter intimacy as well as the way in which Marion gets so under Lady Bird's skin that the teen's anger seems out of proportion", it perfectly describes the mother-daughter relationship, compelling me to use this article as a mentor text.
Based on this piece of writing, I may choose to write about Nixon's role and his true power in the 1971 Vietnam scandal. I did not realize how much of a danger he was until Ellsberg claimed, "Macho Bernard Barker of the Bay of Pigs, a CIA asset - said that his mission was to break both my legs. But I don't think that would have shut me up totally in the hospital bed. I think they probably wanted something to happen to my jaw" (Chang 1). The power of the government is furthermore explained as Ellsberg was supposed to be attacked (Chang 1). I admire how Davies asks Ellsberg the hardest questions including asking the reasoning behind his decision and if he was prepared for the consequences. Using this piece of writing as a mentor text, I would choose to mimic the author's analysis and desire to find out the truth of this entire scandal.
This is the only article I have read about "The Post" that mentions the first amendment, the right to publish, which is very important in this film. The government wants to rid the papers the right to publish the Pentagon, but the public deserves to know the truth about what has happened to their families. The first amendment is obviously important to Ben Bradlee as when he immediately finds out that this occurred, he urges Kay to post. Reading this article, I also notice that the author talks about how the sounds and Steven Spielberg's directing made this film as dramatic as it is, and I completely agree. Because of this article, I would love to continue reading about how the subtle cinematic qualities make a huge difference in the film.
This article makes me wonder what Kay Graham values more---her business or her personal relations. As Justin Chang directly quotes an entire scene from "The Post", the reader can obviously see that she has been close to two past presidents. Because of this, I may consider writing how Ben Bradlee had a huge influence over Kay Graham as he constantly told her to print the papers. I would like to explore the idea that if she had not been friends with Ben Bradlee, the Pentagon papers would have never been published. Chang even comments on their relationship, stating, "It's also a fascinating portrait of the respectful but combative relationship between Graham and the Post's hard-headed editor Ben Bradlee, played with irascible glee by Tom Hanks". This article has allowed me to have many more viewpoints and ideas about "The Post" as a result of Chang's thorough analysis.