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The readings and videos we studied in class present various forms and consequences of judgment in our society.
In the poem “Phenomenal Woman”, the narrator rises above society’s judgment related to women’s beauty. In the poem “Marks”, the narrator at first accepts her family’s judgment about her abilities as a wife and mother, but ultimately stands up and walks away. And in the poem “Barbie Doll”, the subject allows peers’ judgment of her physical features to destroy her.
Although the characters in the film The Breakfast Club, after sharing a day of confinement, learn to question stereotypes caused by judgment, we must ask if they will ever be able to shed or reinvent their identities, which were probably set at birth and reinforced by society throughout their lives.
The narrator of “The Tell-Tale Heart”, although clearly unreliable, tells us a believable story about how someone’s physical features cause him to make undue judgments that ultimately lead to fatal consequences.
In “White Boy Privilege” Royce Mann uses Slam Poetry to criticize those who judge based on skin color or gender and ends with a plea for change.
Choose one of the following options:
Use a recent or historical news event to explore society’s judgment on a person or a specific group of individuals based on, but not limited to, gender, race, religion, occupation, hobbies, age, education, social status or residence. Avoid obvious over publicized events: Trayvon Martin, Freddie Gray, George Floyd.
Explore one or more stereotypes in our society. What caused the stereotypes to exist? Are the stereotypes valid? What are the consequences/benefits of these stereotypes?
Explore how society judges people based solely on physical characteristics. What causes these judgments and what are the consequences/benefits of these judgments?
Your essay must have an original title.
Your essay should be written for an audience that is NOT familiar with our class and the readings/videos we studied.
Your essay must include an insightful thesis and well-developed supporting details.
Your essay must reference at least two of the readings/videos we studied in class.
Your essay must reference at least two academically appropriate outside sources. Your references should enhance your essay, not simply restate the obvious. Wikipedia and the dictionary are not appropriate sources.
Your essay must follow MLA guidelines, including internal citations and a Works Cited Page, and should be between 750 and 1000 words.