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.
- An introduction that provides context on the topic, eases the reader into your essay and has a “hook” that grabs people’s attention
- A thesis statement or controlling idea that takes a stand
- Transitional topic sentences that are clear, provocative, and develop your thesis and provide unity in your essay
- Body paragraphs that help prove your argument
- Plenty of support from the texts: Remember you must have a minimum of 4 quotes of evidence from the topic you choose
(PARAPHRASING DOES NOT COUNT AS A QUOTE)
- For each quote, please use the direct model
- Some analysis of all your supporting examples
- A conclusion that offers some ideas about what can be done about the situation
- Strong sentences that are both grammatically correct and sophisticated
- 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.