Terrorism has been depicted in fictional books and film in a number of ways and many of them are truly unnoticed or labeled as terrorism. In a five-page paper (double spaced, 12 font, APA or MLA format), you are to choose a film or book then analyze and define the terrorism that is portrayed in the chosen fictional work. The chosen work must not be based on a factual event. In your analysis, you should describe the terrorist group/act/etc. that you have chosen, determine the motivation for the terrorism, choose what type of terrorism is being conducted (left wing, right wing, state, etc.), come to a conclusion about the effectiveness of the terrorism that you chose, and then finally answer the question: How does the portrayal of terrorism in popular culture (this is a more general question but can be directly applied to your chosen topic) effect how society sees terrorism and what is the effect of the fictional vision of terrorism?.


A couple movies/books that could be chosen (but not limited to) are V For Vendetta, Star Wars, Die Hard, Patriot Games, Speed, Braveheart, Independence Day, Palahniuk’s Fight Club (also a movie), The East, Skyfall, True Lies, The Peacemaker, Passenger 57, Dostoyevsky’s The Devils, Conrad’s The Secret Agent, von Trotta’s The German Sisters, Fassbinder’s The Third Generation among many more. Movies like Zero Dark Thirty or Munich cannot be used because they are based on actual events.


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