In this Analysis Essay, you will be projecting your critical reading skills and

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In this Analysis Essay, you will be projecting your critical reading skills and your knowledge of Critical Theories
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learned in this course by analyzing 3 textsin terms of 2 theories/themes.
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HOW TO START:
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1. You should use the short story “The Girls in their Summer Dresses” or the movie Hunchback of Notre Dame
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2. And choose any 2 stories (from the list below).
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These 3 texts (1 mandatory story OR the movie and 2 of your choices) will be your PRIMARY SOURCES in the analysis Essay.
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Here are the PRIMARY SOURCES to choose 2 from:
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• “The Lottery”
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• “Two Kinds”
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• “The Story of an Hour”
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• “The Chaser”
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• “Button, Button”
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• Roseanne Show (Season 1 Episode 1)
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• The Stepford Wives (movie full or the assigned episodes)
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So, you will be writing an analysis paper comparing the 3 stories in terms of 2 themes/ theories.
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3. Choose any 2 Theories/ Themes (terms) that could be applied/ used to analyze the 2 stories you chose.
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Here are the Critical Theories and Themes/ termsto choose from:
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Semiotics: Denotative/Connotative/ Symbolic meaning (De Saussure’s and Pierce’s theories)
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When analyzing from the Semiotic perspective, consider the meaning of the titles, some words/ phrases from the
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text and/or the names of the characters in the stories, and their denotative / connotative meaning in the context of the text.
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• Irony:
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Consider ironic meaning if any meaning (of the title, characters’ names, or words/phrases/ideas from the stories you
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chose) are used ironically/ not with the meaning we would usually expect.
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Ideologies/ Power, Privilege, Control gained through: certain beliefs/ traditions, through social
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status, age, gender, and/or education/ knowledge or certain skills (Marx’s theory)
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• Capitalism: Competition, American Dream, Hero Motif, Commodification; Colonial Subject
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When analyzing from Marxism/Ideologies perspective, you may consider if the characters in your chosen stories
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hold any power and have certain privilege among others based on their social status, gender, educational level,
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knowledge or any skill that the characters possesses. You may also consider if the characters can be related
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to any type of capitalist ideologies or are colonial subject vs. colonizer.
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• ISA/RSA: control via ideologies and repression (Althusser’s theory)
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When analyzing from this perspective, you may consider if the character(s) from your chosen texts are acting as
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the “state apparatus” meaning if they are the ones imposing ideologies, rules, beliefs or are using any type of
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punishment methods upon others/ “the disobedient.” Or are your characters the obedient / are they the one following
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the pre-set ideologies, rules, or arebeingpunished for deviatingfrom those expectations?

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