Analysis of Erin Brockovich

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Movie Analysis of Erin Brockovich

After viewing the film I realized that Erin's public self was pretty much the same as her private self. The reasoning behind this is .that she treated Ed, her boss in the same manner as she treated George, her boyfriend. Erin didn't take crap from anybody but at times she did let her aggressions take over. Most of the time these hostilities would lead her in contempt, but in the long run usually worked out for the best. I will admit, it was a good way to get her point across at times but she could have approached some of these situations a little differently. Take, for example, the night Erin met George. Even though George was being inappropriately loud, she could have asked him nicely to be quiet instead of chewing him out angrily, even after he tried repeatedly to apologize to her. These shoulds and overgeneralization fallacies turn up many times in the movie. Another example of this is point where Ed takes on a partner for advice and help with costs on the PG&E cases. When Erin walks in and finds out, she immediately feels offended and flies off the handle when she could have used a "pillow method" so to speak, to look at the situation from Ed's point of view and realize that taking on this partner was in the best interests of the case. I do believe that Erin's self-concept changed from the beginning to the end of the film. For most of the movie, Erin struggles to prove herself, but towards the end, the pieces start to fall into place and people realize all the hard work that she has put into the case. This proves her hard-working, loving demeanor, even in her personal life. She obviously cares very much for her children and wants nothing more than to be able to provide for them. Although her situation with George throughout most of the movie is mostly focused on her needs, I believe that this is because she was working so hard on the case. George felt like he was being used and left, but this didn't stop Erin from caring...
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