Part 2: Film/TV Analysis (Essay 2): Due Thur 6/23
Task: Write a 3-5 page paper addressing the following question:To what extent does your favorite TV show or movie (choose one) reinforce gender stereotypes and patriarchy* or work to diminish or subvert these? Keep in mind that your reader may not be familiar with the show or film, so provide enough context and details to make your argument clearly.
*Patriarchy is a social system in which males hold primary power; males predominate in roles of political leadership, moral authority, social privilege and control of property; and, in the domain of the family, fathers or father-figures hold authority over women and children.
Your essay should have standard expository essay structure: that is, an introduction paragraph that explains the topic of the paper and states your thesis as the last sentence of the introduction, focused body paragraphs that support and develop that thesis, and a conclusion paragraph that wraps up the essay, drives home your central point and convinces your reader that your topic is worth thinking about. Please use the Essay Resources page I provided for help with essay structure, thesis statements, and paragraphs.
Use advice from They Say, I Say Chapter 1 in particular that reminds you to “start with what others’ are saying” as you craft your introduction paragraph. Here is where you could draw on the Smith and Cook article. (You may also find it useful to look at the example essays I have posted to see how others have done this.) If you use additional outside sources, be sure to cite any information you use from them, including paraphrases, with MLA formatted in-text citations and a corresponding Works Cited page. Integrate all quotes smoothly into your own writing using advice from They Say, I Say Chapter 3.
Body paragraphs should be focused, with clear and effective topic sentences, and should provide sufficient specific examples and details. Avoid over-generalizations and unsubstantiated statements. Organize your paragraphs so that your essay progresses logically and smoothly, creating a cohesive discussion that develops your central point (your thesis) and links each paragraph to your thesis. Use transitions and clear and varied sentence structure.
Proofread your work thoroughly with special attention to Rules 3-6 in Elements of Style. Do not rely on auto-correct or spell check. (This is a transfer level course, so treat your work as such).
Embrace the essay process: begin with a brainstorm, create an outline, draft and revise.
Use the Essay Resources page I provided for help with essay structure, thesis statements, and paragraphs. Look at my example of paragraphs with my comments.
Double check that you have met all the requirements and instructions above before you submit.
Remember that plagiarism of any kind will result in a not-passing grade. I am interested in your work!
Save your document as a doc, pdf, rtf or docx file, naming the file as “LastnameEssay2.”