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Pearl Harbor - I Thought Rafe Couldn't Read!
When Kate Beckinsale's character is explaining the time she met Ben Affleck's character They showed what happened that day. He said that he gets mixed up with letters when he was having his eyes checked.Later on he was writing letters to Kate Beckinsale's and reading letters from her also!
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Sidnee on 08-03-2001
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MovieBuff writes:
I don't think this is a slipup. His character can read, but he says he sometimes mixes up the letters and words, meaning he has dyslexia. I'm sure he can read enough to understand her letters, although she may have a little trouble reading his letters since he may misspell words or switch them around. He could also have someone else read her letters to him if he wanted to.
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Nova writes:
Okay, first off, Rafe can see, Rafe has very good eyesight and it's upsetting that all you people seem to think otherwise. He has a vision disorder known as dyslexia, it even says so in the novel which was written before the movie. He really shouldn't have the slip of paper in his hand, because he really and truly mixes up letters. When he's writing the letters to Evelyn he uses a dictionary to help him re-draft, and when he's reading them he can probably make sense of the words. It's just when it's single letters that he has problems. In the book it tells you that Evelyn told him to read the bottom line backwards and every other letter because she suspected dyslexia, and she was right.
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TeenDream013 writes:
Rafe had dyslexia. People with dyslexia screw up letters sometimes but can read. It isn't an always occurring thing. They don't screw up the letters 24/7. He has good eyesight just has dyslexia. That doesn't mean he can't read or write all them time, just every so often things are scrambled.
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monique writes:
In the book stood he wrote to her and checked his grammar with a dictionary. It took a lot of time to read Evelyn 's letters, but he could do it. He can read letters, the only thing he got is blind for words, I don't know that word in English
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Lacey writes:
Rafe can read. He had memorized the order of the letters, and when Evelyn asked him to read it backwards and every other letter, he found that hard. He told her he mixed up the letters so she would think he couldn't read well, when actually he just couldn't see to perform this task, or remember the order good enough to do it.
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sugarhigh writes:
no, it's not that he has bad vision; he simply cannot read well. if you watch the movie again, when she asks him to read the last line, the camera cuts to his view. he can see perfectly, with very very little blur. so it's not his vision, it's his lack of reading skills.
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anglnymph writes:
Ben's character could read, and he had very good eyesight. He just got letters mixed up. His eyesight was about 20/18.
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Kelley writes:
Just to get things straight, Rafe doesn't mix up his letters. He has bad eyesight, and he memorized the letters, so he would pass. When Evelyn asked him to read them backwards, every other, and Rafe couldn't see them, he made up the excuse that he mixed up his letters all of the time.
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