4. Character, Social Responsibility and Gifted Persons

 

Episodes 6 and 7: At Two Different Restaurants

 

4.1. Describe one kind of restaurant

 

·        you would take your mum to on her birthday

·        you would go to for lunch/dinner just to satisfy your hunger

·        you would take your girlfriend/boyfriend to on your first date           

·        you would take a visitor from the States to.

Give reasons for your decision.

 

Work in groups of four. Afterwards split the groups up and present your findings to

the other groups.

 

4.2. Before watching the two episodes learn the following words and phrases by heart.

          Check whether your neighbor has memorized the words.

 

reunion

here:meeting of former college graduates, alumni

dots not feathers

meaning an Indian from India and not a native American (feathers); dots refers to the dot in the middle of the forehead

extrapolate theories

guess or think about theories on the basis of available information

baffle sb

to cause so to be completely unable to understand or to explain sth

contract a disease

catch or become ill with

pneumonia

serious illness in which one or both lungs become red and swollen and filled with liquid

for the remainder of their lives

for the rest of their lives, for the part that is left

to get through to sb

succeed in making so understand or believe sth

Southie

South Boston

put sth on a tab

AE: bill

to get into sth

to start sth

ring off the hook

reference to the phone that rings so often that the receiver seems to fall off the hook; here: getting more job-offers that one can imagine

cutting edge mathematics

the latest, most advanced stage in the development of math

think tank

a group of experts providing advice and ideas on political and social or economic matters

give sth/sb free rein

to give complete freedom of action or expression to sth/sb

settle a bet

to reach an agreement, pay off a bet

give sb a direction

give sb a course that  a person  moves along, one person shows another person what to do

train wreck

badly-damaged, here: referring to the marriages as total failures, disasters

asylum

hospital for the care of mentally ill people

twist one's mustache

to turn the hairs at the end of one's mustache between one's fingers – a sign that sb is thinking hard, a sign of pensiveness

hatch a plan

make a plan, especially in secret

hear sb out

to listen until sb has finished saying what they wanted to say

a true prodigy

a person with unusual or remarkable qualities or abilities, unusually talented in sth

to work wonders

to cause wonderful things to happen

out of courtesy

for reasons of politeness or good manners

keep sb in the loop

keep sb informed

set up a meeting for sb

arrange a meeting

 

                  Define what you understand by 'character', 'social responsibility' and 'gifted' persons.

 

      Apart from these words and phrases collect information about

 

      Srinivasa Aiyangar Ramanujan

http://www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/Mathematicians/Ramanujan.html; 

 

Albert Einstein

http://www.sofitec.lu/misc/einstein.htm

 

 and Jonas Salk:

http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/sal0bio-1

OR

TIME 100- The Century's Greatest Minds, March 29, 1999

 

Ted Kaczynski (Unabomber). Use 'www.altavista.com' as a search engine. Limit the area of search to 'Crime and Justice'. Then enter 'unabomber' and you get a long list of well-selected articles dealing with the most interesting  facts about the Unabomber to choose from.

 

South Boston

http://bostonsouth.tqn.com

OR

http://memproper.ties.com/SB/SouthBoston.html

 

 

4.3. Predict what different kinds of restaurants Prof. Gerald Lambeau, who teaches math at

          MIT,  and Sean MacGuire, who teaches psychology at  community college,  go to and

          why.

 

4.4. Describe how and why they might approach Will Hunting differently.

 

4.5. Watch the two episodes in succession and find the answers to the following questions:

 

                  - What are the reasons why Sean and Gerry meet at the two restaurants?

                  - Describe the atmosphere at the restaurants. What is the function of this setting?

                  - Who are Ramanujan, Einstein and Salk and why does Lambeau mention them in

                     the two conversations ?     

                  -  How does Sean respond? Who else does he mention in the movie (not in the

                      screenplay) and why?

                  - What information do we get about the relationship between Lambeau and Sean

   and their relation to education and career?

                  - When and why does Lambeau change his behavior towards Sean? Comment on

                     the change and make up personality profiles of the two.

 

4.6. Discuss your findings in groups of four and present the outcome in class. Ask your

       teacher for the screenplay in case you were not able to comprehend the information

       from the movie.

 

4.7. Evaluate Sean's and Gerald's attitudes towards Will Hunting considering definitions

       of 'character', 'social responsibility' and 'gifted' persons.

 

 

 

Good Will Hunting – A Screenplay; Matt Damon & Ben Affleck, with an introduction by Gus Van Sant. Miramax Books, Hyperion, New York 1997, pp. 54 – 59.

 

Lockober Restaurant – Night

 

Lambeau

I didn't see you at the reunion.

Sean

I've been busy.

Lambeau

You were missed.

How long has it been since we've seen each other?

Sean

Since Nancy died.

Lambeau

I'm sorry, the damn conference -

Sean

 I got your card.

...

...

Sean

I've been busy, Gerry. I got a full schedule.

Lambeau

This kid's special, Sean. I've never seen anything like him.

Sean

Not much free time, Gerry.

Lambeau

Have you ever heard of a man named Ramanujan?

Sean

Yeah.

Lambeau

He was alive over a hundred years ago. He was Indian. Dots, not feathers. ...

So this Ramanujan lived in a tiny hut in India. No formal education, no access to other works. But he came across an old math book and from the basic text he was able to extrapolate theories that had baffled mathematicians for years.

Sean

And he mailed it to Hardy ...

Lambeau

That's right, Sean. He mailed it to a professor at Cambridge who immediately recognized the brilliance in his work and brought Ramanujan to England.

Sean

Where he contracted pneumonia and died at a young age -

Lambeau

They worked together for the remainder of their lives, producing some of the most exciting math theory ever done. Ramanujan's genius was unparalleled, Sean. This boy is like that. But he's very defensive, and I need someone who can get through to him.

Sean

Why me?

Lambeau

I need someone with your kind of background.

Sean

My kind of background?

Lambeau

You're from the same neighborhood. South Boston.

Sean

He's from Southie? How many people did you try before you came to me?

Lambeau

Five.

Sean

Who? Barry, Henry, Rick ...

Not Rick? You didn't send him to Rick?

Lambeau

Just meet with the boy once a week.

Sean

Can we do it at my office?

Lambeau

That would be fine.

Lambeau

Sean, please. (reaches out to get the check the waiter comes with)

Sean

I got it.

Lambeau

It's on the college.

 


Good Will Hunting – A Screenplay; Matt Damon & Ben Affleck, with an introduction by Gus Van Sant. Miramax Books, Hyperion, New York 1997, pp. 96 – 101.

 

Timmy's Tap – Day

 

Sean

Gerry! Any trouble finding the place?

Lambeau

Not at all.

Sean

Timmy, this is Gerry, an old friend of mine. We went to college together.

Timmy

Good to meet you.

Lambeau

Pleasure to meet you.

Sean

Could we get a couple of sandwiches?

Put it on my tab.

Timmy

You ever plan on payin' your tab?

Sean

I got the winning number right here.

Timmy

What's the jackpot?

Sean

 Twelve million.

Timmy

I don't think that'll cover it.

Lambeau

You're here a bit, then.

Sean

I live right around the corner.

Lambeau

You moved?

Sean

I been here a couple of years.

You wanted to talk about Will?

Lambeau

Seems like it's going well.

Sean

I think so.

Lambeau

Well, have you talked to him about his future?

Sean

We haven't really gotten into it.

Lambeau

Maybe you should. My phone's been ringing off the hook with job offers.

Sean

Jobs doing what?

Lambeau

Cutting edge mathematics.

Think tanks. The kind of place where a mind like Will's is given free rein.

Sean

That's great, Gerry, that there's interest ... But I'm not sure he's ready for that.

Lambeau

Sean, I really don't think you understand -

Sean

 

What don't I understand?

Thanks, Timmy.

Lambeau

Excuse me, Timmy. Could you help us? We're trying to settle a bet.

Timmy

Uh-oh.

Lambeau

Have you ever heard of Jonas Salk?

Timmy

Yeah, cured polio.

Lambeau

You've heard of Albert Einstein?

How about Gerald Lambeau? Ever heard of him?

Timmy

No.

Lambeau

Okay. Thank you, Timmy.

Timmy

So who won the bet?

Lambeau

I did.

This isn't about me. I'm nothing compared to this young man.

Sean, in nineteen-oh-five there were hundreds of professors who were renowned for their study of the universe. But it was a twenty-six-year-old Swiss patent clerk, doing physics in his spare time, who changed the world, Sean. Can you imagine if Einstein had given that up? Or gotten drunk with his buddies in Vienna every night? All of us would have lost something. And I'm quite sure Timmy never would  have heard of him.

Sean

Isn't that a little dramatic, Gerry?

Lambeau

No, Sean. This boy has that gift. He just hasn't got the direction. We can give that to him.

Sean

He married his cousin.

Lambeau

Who?

Sean

Einstein. Had two marriages, both train wrecks. The guy never saw his kids, one of whom, I think, ended up in an asylum -

Lambeau

You see, Sean? That's exactly not the point. No one remembers that. They -

Sean

I do.

Lambeau

Well, you're the only one.

This boy can make contributions to the world. We can help him do that.

Sean

Just ... take it easy, Gerry.

Lambeau

Look, I don't know what else I can say. I'm not sitting at home every night, twisting my mustache and hatching a plan to ruin the boy's life. But it's important to start early. I was doing advanced mathematics at eighteeen and it still took me twenty-three years to do something worthy of a Field's Medal.

Sean

Maybe he doesn't care about that.

Lambeau

Sean, this is important. And it's above personal rivalry -

Sean

Now wait a minute, Gerry -

Lambeau

No, no, you hear me out, Sean. This young man is a true prodigy -

Sean

- Personal rivalry? I'm not gettin' back at you.

Lambeau

Look, you took one road and I took another. That's fine.

Sean

Is it Gerry? 'Cause I don't think it's fine with you. Give him time to figure out what he wants.

Lambeau

That's a wonderful theory, Sean. It worked wonders for you.

Sean, I came here today out of courtesy. I wanted to keep you in the loop. As we speak, the boy is in a meeting I set up for him over at McNeil.

 

 

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