Spirited Away is a beautifully animated film by Hayao Miyazaki. This story follows a young girl Chihiro and her journey to rescue her parents after they have been turned into pigs for feasting on food that did not belong to them in a small, seemingly abandoned village. Throughout the film Chihiro (also known as Sen) shows her dedidcation, integrity, kindness, and perseverance as she works in a bathhouse and encounters many different, difficult spirits. I actually showed this film to my AP Biology students after our AP exam and they absolutely loved it. As a science teacher, it is difficult to think of ways to incorporate this film into my curriculum, however I think it definitely has the potential to be a wonderful tool in an English classroom. Students could study the literary elements present in the film (imagery, metaphor, personification). The film could be used as a way to discuss different forms of story-telling or it could be used as a way to evaluate Japanese culture through the images and language used throughout.
You are here
06/22/2017 02:52 PM#1