The Freedom Writers Diary

The Freedom Writers Diary

by

Erin Gruwell

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O. J. Simpson Character Analysis

In 1994, this former National Football League star was arrested and charged with the murder of his ex-wife. After a widely publicized trial, he is acquitted of all charges. One student refers to this acquittal as the product of Simpson’s “Dream Team” group of lawyers, invoking his own innocent brother’s condemnation as proof that the justice system is unfair.
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O. J. Simpson Character Timeline in The Freedom Writers Diary

The timeline below shows where the character O. J. Simpson appears in The Freedom Writers Diary. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part III: Diary 27
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This student feels that murder is everywhere s/he looks: on the television, through the O. J. Simpson trial, and in the classroom, through the play Twelve Angry Men. Her/his brother is undergoing... (full context)
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...the legal ability to record the confession. As a result, unlike in the case of O. J. Simpson or in Twelve Angry Men, the student’s innocent brother ended up being condemned for murder,... (full context)