Write an essay of about 1000 words (about 4-5 pages). Use at least one secondary source to support your analysis.
Films speak to the social conditions and attitudes of their times. From Modern times(Charlie chaplin) and Psycho (Dir: Alfred Hitchcock) films analyze how they have been reflections of their society. What do they tell us about the period? How do they address social and political issues?
You should have a central idea—a thesis—for the whole essay – an argument that is original, relevant, and specific. Thus, instead of just parroting my question and saying something obvious like, “The films we’ve watched in this class have changed cinema by challenging our thoughts,” you should try to narrow the focus to something specific about the film. Also, please refer to specific examples in the films that you’re writing about.
Films speak to the social conditions and attitudes of their times. Choose one or two films that we examined in class and analyze how they have been reflections of their society. What do they tell us about the period? How do they address social and political issues?
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Please include a bibliography!
Choose one of the following characters, one of the settings, and one of the plots listed below. Then write short story (at least five paragraphs) with these elements. Make sure your plot is well structured, you use figurative language, and your topic is appropriate.
an old man
a police officer
a light house
the inner city
a small town
a broken friendship
comparative analysis of Cinderella and Tam
You will compare and contrast two different folk tales from your textbook. You may focus on one or more of the different literary and style elements we have discussed. Write a three page (750 word) essay comparing the two stories you have chosen. Your essay must have:
1. An introduction that clearly refers to both texts. Your introduction should not be a summary of the story or stories.
2. A complex thesis, which mentions the points of comparison
3. At least 2 – 3 specific points of comparison between the texts
You may focus on similarities, differences, or both. DO NOT try to cover all the literary elements. Pick no more than three points of comparison.
Note: This assignment does not require research. It is based on your personal analysis. Please DO NOT use outside sources.
What is a Critical Summary?
Each Critical Summary will consist of three sections (at least one paragraph per section):
In the first section, clarify the setting of the story and describe the roles and character traits of each major character within the story.
In the second section, provide a detailed summary of the story’s plot.
In the third section, provide your analysis of a key theme or issue the story seems to be dealing with. A simple method to do this is to ask what broader social issue (i.e. an issue of importance in the real world, outside the realm of the story) or common interpersonal problem the story might be addressing. Then look for what messages or ideas the story could be viewed as portraying about that issue.
This kind of analysis can be challenging, but don’t be intimidated by it. There isn’t always one right or wrong approach to this. Simply look for what you consider a key social issue that could be seen within the story and look for textual evidence that helps back up your analysis of this issue.
When trying to identify “social issues,” it may be helpful to look at the most common categories of these issues, such as race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, political/social power, or economics.
Thus, each Critical Summary should be at least 3 paragraphs in length.
How Will the Critical Summaries Be Graded?
These Critical Summaries will be graded based on their accuracy, detail, and the development of thoughtful analysis.
Even though the structure of this only calls for a minimum of three paragraphs each, it is expected that these will be lengthy, substantive, and detailed paragraphs. If you need to write an additional paragraph to adequately address one of the sections, you should do so.
Grammar, spelling, punctuation, and other mechanics WILL significantly impact your grade, so make sure to carefully proofread and edit for these.
you will write a reply to Virginia Woolf’s essay, “A Room of One’s Own” using the literary devices of stream of consciousness, allusions, and authorial intrusion. Think back to your initial responses and thoughts to the essay when you first read it. Where were you? What kind of reactions did it evoke from you? What other life, nature, events did it make you think of while you read it? How might you connect those thoughts to what you read from Woolf? Write as if you want Woolf to hear/read your response, imitating her style.
~Heroes and Villains: which characters seem to be important or central? What roles do they play? What do we learn
about them physically, and do those physical descriptions support or challenge any stereotypes about good/beautiful and evil/ugly? What do we learn about our characters’ motivations and desires? Does the novel seem to have a hero? Does it have a villain? Do the values and ethics of our major characters seem to connect with or remind you of any of our
1) explore one of the main elements of the novel from the list of topics on the next page—as for which one, that’s
your choice! I’ve divided the list into general Themes, specific Character studies, and Contexts & Settings, just for some guidance. You can pick from any category!
2) briefly explain how/why you made some of the choices you did for your presentation (for example, why did you
choose these particular colors or images in your artwork to illustrate the Creature’s emotions? Or, why did you choose this specific scene to retell in your fanfic, or to film for your short movie? Why did you think it was important to include these
particular elements or moments?)
3) make at least two connections to our secondary source readings! At least one connection should be to one of our specifically Frankenstein-related secondary sources (including: Shelley herself (that is, her Foreword to the novel),
Young, Hitchcock, Baldick, Wollstonecraft, Polidori); the other might, if you want, come from any of our previous
readings, for example Cohen or Freud or Aristotle. You may do this as creatively as you like – for example, you might include an image of Mary Wollstonecraft in your collage, or display a quote about the uncanny on Victor’s Pinterest
board, or discuss the question of the Creature’s changing appearance (as mentioned in Hitchcock’s essay) in your original
song, rap, lyrical ballad, or spoken-word poetry.
An annotated bibliography is a list of sources about a particular topic with brief summaries and critical reflection on the usefulness of each source.
Choose one primary literary text — fiction, poetry, literary non-fiction/memoir, drama, children’s literature or graphic narrative — that deals with or represents a place in Melbourne or greater Victoria. This place could be urban or suburban, a specific location or a general area. Provide a summary of the primary text.
Find two additional non-fiction, critical sources — at least one of which is a peer-reviewed scholarly source — which relate to either the chosen primary literary text, to the place depicted in the primary literary text or to the text’s genre. These should relate to the specific geographical, historical or social aspects represented in your chosen literary text, or could be about the literary text itself, its author or genre. Summarise these sources and evaluate its strengths and weaknesses in relation to the primary text.
Study these sources and prepare an annotated bibliography that includes your three sources.
Reminder: your bibliography must list first at least one primary literary source — a work of fiction, poetry, literary non-fiction/memoir, drama, children’s literature or graphic narrative — and at least one scholarly peer-reviewed article/book chapter. You may, for example, choose to include a novel set partly in the suburb of Brunswick, a scholarly peer-reviewed article about this novel, and a non-literary book about Melbourne’s history which includes information about an aspect of Brunswick’s history which is related to the suburb’s depiction in the novel.
Write a comparison of the novel Black River by S.M. Hulse with the classic Western movie Red Rive (1948), noting how each adheres to or disrupts the myth of the American West.
In What The Eyes Don’t See, Dr. Mona Hanna- Attisha frequently brings up the concept of “environmental injustice. In your own words, what is environmental injustice? Using examples from the text, discuss whether or not the Flint water crisis is an example of environmental injustice. You may focus on any part of the definition of environmental injustice and the particulars of the Flint water crisis presented in What The Eyes Don’t See.
This level of writing should be coming from a high school graduate who is writing this essay for a summer reading assignment for college.
Please follow the instructions in the word document attached. This assignment is
Focuses on a thoughtful approach and analysis of the texts, ideas, issues, and the representation of AIDs and LGBTQ in the media.