This term, we have explored sports “heroes” and themes from sports stories through an understanding of literature and film, while considering how these stories have been shaped by history and culture. This effort has made this an interdisciplinary class.
For this essay, you are to choose a sports film or piece of literature (poem, story, novel) and analyze it through a particular critical perspective. In other words, how can we better understand a story, if we consider the cultural or historical context of that story?
You must choose a piece that has not been analyzed a great deal in class (Dare to Dream, for instance, is not a good choice). I would hope that you would delve into an aspect of film, literature or theory that interests you the most. You could analyze Million Dollar Baby, as a way to explore gender in traditionally male roles. It is important that you develop a clear focal point, expressed in your thesis statement, and use all the aspects of good essay writing.
The essay must be 4-5 pages, typed, double spaced with sufficient secondary research. I do not require a set number of sources, but to complete a serious analysis, there is an expectation that you conduct research of sufficient reliable sources and present them in the paper. Aim for at least 5 secondary sources. All sources must be formatted in MLA style with proper citations and a Works Cited page.
The chosen topic is to analyze Million Dollar Baby, as a way to explore gender in traditionally male roles.
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