Arrival is based on Ted Chaing’s 1998 novel Story of Your Life.

Essay

Arrival is based on Ted Chaing’s 1998 novel Story of Your Life. How might the title (Story of Your Life) help you understand the film?
Copy and paste two screenshots that help demonstrate the “Kuleshov Effect.” How does the sequencing (montage) of these screenshots clue you into the character’s emotions, thoughts, intentions, etc.?
Copy and paste the first screenshot from prompt #2 again. Find another image not from the film to place next to it. How does the sequencing of these two shots change how the viewer might perceive the character, their thoughts, intentions, emotions, etc.? (Think back to the Kristen Stewart example from class.)
Why send 12 ships, each with a separate piece of the message? Why not just send one? What message were they trying to convey?
How does the film handle the topic of theodicy either directly or indirectly? How does Louise try to come to terms with her suffering? Does she fully come to terms with her suffering?

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Arrival is based on Ted Chaing's 1998 novel Story of Your Life.

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