The final paper for the course provides an opportunity for you to assess and evaluate the history and legacy of Third World dictatorships, both military and non-military, with their attendant abuses of basic human rights, and the socio-economic and political conditions that lead to popular protest, resistance and even revolution.
The novels In the Time of the Butterflies and The Dragons Village explore both the causes and the aftermath of revolution, while demonstrating what it means to become a revolutionary. They raise a number of issues, such as the causal factors in this personal transition to revolutionary, the complex environments in which revolutionaries live, and the dilemmas revolutionaries may face in carrying out their beliefs. The film Even the Rain, while depicting a local protest movement against what are perceived as unjust policies against the native population, shines a similar light on the causes of political resistance, and does so against the background of the long history of exploitation of the indigenous population. The films The Official Story and Cautiva depict one of the fall-outs from the human rights violations of those who resisted repressive regimes, the fate of children of the disappeared, as well as showing the style of resistance by the Madres de la Plaza de Mayo in Arg
Overall, these works explore what it means to protest, what it takes to motivate people to risk their lives for a cause, and the price that this choice may exact. Other films and novels we have read/seen this semester also deal with resistance to unfair circumstances and the diverse ways in which people are discriminated against, by virtue of their sex, religion, race, ethnicity, or political beliefs.
Write an essay that explores the theme of the causes and aftermath of protests and revolution, the nature of revolutionary leaders, as well as how their actions fit into the picture of how people in the Third World navigate situations of political oppression, poverty, inequality, and discrimination. The theme of protest, revolt and revolution, including the conditions that lead people to rebel, the types of leaders that emerge, the kinds of dilemmas they face and how they resolve them is most evident in the works from the latter part of the course, but you may also find examples from earlier works.
Make sure that you include a discussion of characters from both In the Time of the Butterflies and The Dragons Village, from at least two of the three movies, The Official Story, Cautiva, and Even the Rain, as well as from at least one other work we dealt with during the semester.
Be specific in the evidence that you cite in support of your argument, and please avoid a retelling of the stories in lieu of analysis of the stories. This is the time for synthesis and analysis, rather than description.