“You Decide”

Transcribe the action and dialogue from a scene in your favorite movie or show. Rewrite the scene by changing the gender, race, class, sexual orientation, ability, age, religion (or any other prominent identity category) of the protagonist. Perform the scene in class and compare it to the original. For discussion:

  • Aside from the character’s identity, did you need to alter anything else so that the scene made sense? Why?
  • Did the changes impact the outcome of the scene or the intended meaning of the original story?
  • How do you think writers make decisions about a character’s identity (what they look like, where they live, how they speak, etc.)?

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