The Freedom Writers Diary

The Freedom Writers Diary

by

Erin Gruwell

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Peter Maass Character Analysis

This American journalist reported on the atrocities of the Bosnian war. He shocks the Freedom Writers with his descriptions of genocide and mass rape, forcing them to confront the horrific consequences of ethnic hatred. When a student interrogates him about his moral responsibilities as a journalist, he justifies what some might see as passivity in the face of violence by explaining that it is necessary for journalists to step back from the action and report what they see objectively, in order to share with the rest of the world what is happening. In this way, he demonstrates his deep commitment to truth and justice.
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Peter Maass Character Timeline in The Freedom Writers Diary

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Part III: Diary 39
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When this student reads journalist Peter Maass’s article about the rape of Bosnian women during the war, she expresses her fury and... (full context)
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...around her, she realizes that many women probably share such stories. She feels grateful to Maass to have written this article, so that more people know about these problems and people... (full context)
Part VIII: Diary 119
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This student describes meeting her/his idol Peter Maass, who reported on the horrific crimes committed in Bosnia against the civilian population. This student... (full context)