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Write a four to five (4-7) page paper in which you FIRST read the following:American pop culture is fascinated with stories about female captivity. Movies, books, television shows and more, are full of kidnappings, rapes, torturing, mental and emotional abuse as well as murders of girls and women. Many of those narratives are interpreted as “tales of initiation”: stories in all cultures that describe in fictional ways, the necessary transition all humans must make from child to adult by acquiring the awareness of evil in the world. The Christian story of the Garden of Eden is one well-known example. Adam and Eve are in paradise together. Eve takesan apple from a serpent and eats it. This act symbolically shows the initiation because she has eaten an apple from the “tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” This experience is called the “fall from grace” or just “the fall.” It means no longer seeing a perfect world; it means looking at the world as it truly is – a combination of goodness andevil. If we never experience “the fall” we are stunted in our development into mature adult humans. However, that “fall” is often fraught with anxieties, risks, and fears that are part of normal adolescence. The centerpiece of this research project and argument, is the short story by Joyce Carol Oates, “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” – an initiation tale. But as your text explains, “a literary text reflects and responds to specific cultural contexts. Such is the case with this story” (1015). So along with reading the fictional short story by Oates and viewing the film Smooth Talk, (its film adaptation), you will also be reading articles and essays about real life captivity experiences. So “controversy” in this argument will take the form of your interpretation of a literary work: “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”/Smooth Talk. Interpretations, like any subject with various opinions, are only as strong as their evidence. Constructing a persuasive literary argument then, is very similar to writing an argument on any controversial issue. The difference lies in the manner in which you develop ideas. One kind of argument examines facts and opinions; the other kind of argument (literary), interprets those facts and opinions about a fictional work of literature.ADDITIONAL
REQUIRED READINGS:“Where Are You Going…?” by Joyce Carol Oates (https://www.cusd200.org/cms/lib/IL01001538/Centricity/Domain/361/oates_going.pdf) “The Pied Piper of Tucson…” by Don Moser ( https://tucson.com/1964-1966-the-pied-piper-of-tucson/article_51a2762c-c5e4-11e5-97dc-1bef44be87fa.html )
“Smooth Talk, Short Story into Film” by Joyce Carol Oates, (https://www.nytimes.com/1986/02/28/movies/film-smooth-talk-from-joyce-carol-oates-tale.html )
“Jaycee Dugard…” by Meghan Daum, text, 1044(https://www.denverpost.com/2019/08/26/jaycee-dugard-kidnapping-story-decade-later/ )
ONCE YOU HAVE READ ALL REQUIRED READING:- You must ALSO research an actual case of female captivity: for example, the kidnapping of Patty Hearst, Jaycee Lee Dugard, Elizabeth Smart, or the group of women who escaped from their abductor’s Cleveland, Ohio house in 2013. Then write an argument in which you develop and support a claim about the Americanmedia’s coverage of your chosen case. Make reference to the Meghan Daum piece. – Research several (at least 3), critical essays (literary criticism) on the symbolism of the story you chose andargue that some interpretations are or are not more reasonable than others.
????Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:- Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow MLA format. – Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.- In-Text Citations: You must document source information throughout the text of your essay and then use MLA 8 in-text citations. You must have in-text citations in your argument—to demonstrate your ability. The required readings are to be used as sources – YOU MUST ALSO USE 3-4 ADDITIONAL sources you find on your own and use them in the argument; they must also have in-text citations. – Works Cited and Consulted Lists: Required in MLA 8 format