Essay_1_Prompt - Identify one social tension in the film...

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PAPER #1 With the Marge vs. the Monorail episode of The Simpsons we discussed the "lingering disquiet" that results from depictions of social tension that come up in the cartoon series. These include how the social mechanisms in place failed to protect the citizens of Springfield from a con man, and that as Matt Groening put it, those in power over you may not have your best interests in mind. Choose either Everyone Else Has Had More Sex Than Me or the short film Neighbours and find a similar process on your own for this film.
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Unformatted text preview: Identify one social tension in the film and build an argument about how the film articulates that tension. Support your thesis using specific moments, visuals, and drawing on the readings. Find one moment that would be too anxiety inducing to deal with if humor were not used, and defend your choice using "Art of Laughter" and "The Irresponsible Self." A complete draft of your 4-5 page paper will be due at the start of lecture on Thursday, April 16th....
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