Directed by Sam Raimi in 1998. Based on the novel (same name) by Scott Smith.
- What is Raimi’s purpose?
- What does secular mean? What does humanism mean?
- How have these perspectives influenced Raimi’s portrayal of the notion of greed?
- What do Raimi’s three “rioters” desire? How do their desires reflect secular/humanistic values?
- What consequences do Raimi’s “rioters”, Hank, Jacob and Lou fear? How do these fear reflect changes in context?
- At the end, Hank does not die like the rioters. How is this an ending more appropriate for Raimi’s audience?
- How does Raimi visually show us the absence of religion in the film?
THE AMERICAN DREAM
- What is the American Dream? What is idealised and what are its values?
- What does Raimi suggest to us about the American Dream and its pursuit?
- What class of people do Hank, Jacob and Lou represent?
- How do Hank, Jacob and Lou’s situations and the setting reflect the economic decline of the 1980s and 1990s (particularly in the rural sector)?
- What kind of role does Sarah play in the plot?
- How is her role reflective of changes in context regarding the role/position of women?
- What types of visual language does Raimi use? Consider setting, motifs, symbolism etc.
- What kind of narrative structure has Raimi used and why?
- Interesting article on the American Dream in A Simple Plan: http://www.ejumpcut.org/archive/jc46.2003/kreider.raimi/raimi3.html
- Bored of Studies resources on A Simple Plan: http://boredofstudies.org/view.php?course=6 Use Ctrl+F “simple plan” to locate the specific resources. In particular, this comparison of between A Simple Plan and The Pardoner’s Tale is really good: http://boredofstudies.org/download.php?id=9948
- Short and simple comparison between A Simple Plan and The Pardoner’s Tale: http://neboliterature.mrkdevelopment.com.au/topic-areas/comparative-lit/Comparison-Chaucer-Pardoner%27s-Tale-Raimi-Simple-Plan.html