Week 10: Essay #2 (30%) In your evaluative analysis essay of 700-1000 words, you will evaluate Fiona Cox’s article (PDF here). You can write on the author’s overall argument or on a part of it. If you write on a part of it, establish in your introduction why the part you chose is crucial to the success or failure of the author’s overall argument.
You must include a bibliography and a scratch outline (put it before the essay).
You MUST use at least
– Three specific references to Cox
– Three specific references to episodes of Mad Men. You’ll need to show a clear understanding of the first season as well as “The Mountain King” (S2 E12) and “The Summer Man” (S4 E8).
– Specific references to three different scholarly sources (which can include Migglebrink, but not Havrilesky)
Bibliographical Information: For Cox, Migglebrink, or Havrilesky, don’t supply bibliographical information; simply supply the paragraph number in parentheses. Don’t give bibliographical information for Mad Men; instead, supply the episode title, the season, and the episode number, using the following format: (“Babylon,” S1 E3) or “Babylon” (S1 E6). If you’re looking in detail at a very specific moment in the show, it may be helpful to indicate the exact time — as in (“Babylon,” S1 E3, 23:15-26:30) — although this isn’t a requirement. Make sure to cite all other sources according to MLA or APA.
How to Get a Good Mark on Essay # 2Do the Essential Reading
Read Cox’s essay very carefully and read the essay instructions under Week 10 very carefully. While you’re planning your essay and watching the show, try to answer these questions: What does Cox argue, and where does she argue it? Why is her argument convincing or unconvincing? What outside context supports your evaluation? I suggest looking at the this video on the straw man fallacy. In writing evaluative essays, many students misread, simplify, exaggerate, or reduce Cox’s points using straw man arguments. Make sure to represent her arguments accurately.
Do the Essential Viewing
You must watch the first season of Mad Men, paying particular attention to “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” (E1), “Babylon” (E6), and “The Wheel” (E12). In class we’ll look at these, as well as at “The Gold Violin” (S2 E7) and “Meditations in an Emergency” (S2 E13). You’ll also need to watch “The Mountain King” (S2 E12) and “The Summer Man” (S4 E8), since Cox refers to them specifically. If you’re not very motivated or you’re pressed for time, you can usually get away with watching only these seven episodes. Generally, the best students see more of the show and thus 1. they have a better understanding of character arcs and thematic structure, and 2. they have more instances to draw upon in order to prove their points. essay must have a scratch outline.
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