The Silver Screen Teacher

Essay by delvyraCollege, UndergraduateA+, February 2004

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There are many different types of movies with many different purposes. Although the main purpose of the motion picture is to entertain, they can also teach important life lessons, and inform viewers. These lessons are sometimes taught directly, but most of the time they are indirect. Movies are a very popular and influential mass medium that can change the way people think. Therefore, movies are the best way to educate people, due to their influential tendencies.

Movies, unlike most media, stimulate two of the human senses, instead of just one. Movies and television use both sight and sound to display their messages, therefore becoming much more engaging than a book, magazine, or newspaper. And as Encyclopedia Britannica words it: "Motion pictures are the most important narrative art form of the 20th century, having taken on the functions served earlier by dime novels, serial novels, staged melodramas, wax museum displays, epic paintings, and professional storytelling.

These earlier forms continued into the century and were supplemented by comic books, radio, and television, but it is the motion picture that came to dominate them all" (Encyclopedia Britannica). The motion picture is proven to be the most powerful mass medium in the United States.

The fact that movies are shown on a large screen and in a secluded area also plays a role. This ensures that the only focus is the film, and nothing else, keeping the audience's attention. This is what separates movies from television. In a movie theater, there are no real distractions, while in your home, watching TV, you can get up, go get something to eat, or do other things while you are watching. In a movie theater, you are usually glued to your seat, and your eyes glued to the screen, taking in all...