The purpose of this assignment is to practice writing academic rhetorical criticism papers. We have looked at a number of examples of rhetorical criticisms, and now it is your opportunity to watch a movie and write an argument about that movie, supported with evidence and examples. For this assignment, I am asking you to offer an argument about the movie you choose to watch, and that should be your top priority. In other words, please do not simply summarize the events of the movie. This paper is not an exegesis, but an analysis based on your own thoughts and research. You can (and should) summarize to the extent that it helps you build your argument, but the main focus of the paper should be your argument. Don’t overthink it – the paper does not have to be long or intricately detailed. It just has to follow the form and structure of academic writing to express your specific ideas about one of the available movies.
1. To practice academic writing for rhetorical analysis.
2. To engage in critical thinking by identifying and explaining larger thematic arguments as expressed in popular culture artifacts.
For this assignment, you are required to watch one of the following movies and write a rhetorical criticism using methods we discussed in class:
(1) Free Guy (IMDB InformationLinks to an external site.)
(2) Encanto (IMDB InformationLinks to an external site.)
(3) Dune (IMDB InformationLinks to an external site.)
In your three page paper, please include the following components:
– A thesis statement that clearly identifies your artifact, your method, and your argument
– A section that describes your method for analysis (ideological, aristotlean, neo-aristotlean, narrative, metaphorical)
– A critical argument about the artifact
– A works cited page that lists your movie and any other external sources you use to write your paper
Please let me know if you have any questions!