Analyzing the Symbol of the Monster

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Background: Authors use monsters in stories to start conversations about cultural relationships. In other words, stories with monsters are never really just about Monsters; they’re about us and our relationship with Others, Otherness, etc. Night of the Living Dead, Twilight, When Darkness Falls, and Walking Dead are all creative responses using monsters to carry a message, a lesson, a warning, an awareness etc about how we treat others, how others treat us, etc.

Pick a movie or TV show with “Monster” and choose one scene with a “first encounter” between the monster and person to do a close analysis of how the “symbolic” monster is treated by the society around it.

  • Please make sure to use “How Signs Work” & at least two articles from class.
  • Your analysis must be multi-paragraphed and at least 1000 words
  • You must use three quotes from our readings that you must cite correctly with MLA
  • You may use outside research as additional help, but you must cite it with MLA.
  • You should keep in mind that you much have clear examples from the scene
  • Include a rebuttal/counterargument to address other definitions.
  1. An introduction that provides context on the topic, eases the reader into your essay and has a “hook” that grabs people’s attention
  2. A thesis statement or controlling idea that takes a stand
  3. Transitional topic sentences that are clear, provocative, and develop your thesis and provide unity in your essay
  4. Body paragraphs that help prove your argument
  5. Plenty of support from the texts: Remember you must have a minimum of 4 quotes of evidence from the topic you choose


  1. For each quote, please use the direct model
  2. Some analysis of all your supporting examples
  3. A conclusion that offers some ideas about what can be done about the situation
  4. Strong sentences that are both grammatically correct and sophisticated
  5. Use proper MLA formatting, in-text citations, and Works Cited entries. NOT having proper MLA citations will result in a 0/100 on the assignment.


* A title specific to the topic

* An attention getter

* Background on the topic (please make it clear which prompt you are answering)

* End with your thesis

* A clearly stated thesis (your opinion – your 1-2 sentence response to the essay prompt) which speaks to the “so what” of

the issue and is not merely a list plan of development.


* Topic sentence that is related to the thesis

* Supporting evidence

* Quotes from the text (Remember to cite the quotes)

* Consideration of and rebuttal against the other side of the topic


* DO NOT bring up a new topic

* A suggestion of the consequences of your position for society, readers, individuals, what you want to happen in the

future, or how the author might feel about your position, etc.

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