Rhetorical Analysis “As Seen on TV – Television and Film”

Assignment Overview Since much of our understanding about critical categories of difference— race, class, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability, culture—comes from this popular medium, analyzing TV depictions more closely can lend valuable insight into how our language and understanding of different groups is shaped or affirmed. Your goal for this assignment is to rhetorically analyze a television show from the perspective of examining how one or more of the critical categories is portrayed on the show and how those portrayals function within culture. Some characters and situations may cross boundaries between categories and your analysis may focus on one or more of these categories as they are relevant to the particular argument you make. The final analysis will be an essay of 800 – 1000 words and will include at least two relevant visuals.  Completing the Assignment Part of this assignment will require a brief description of the show; its overall premise and characters will need to be described. Also, you will need to focus your analysis in some way. For example, you could chose to discuss a particular character, a relationship between two characters, a way in which the show regularly depicts a certain group or situation, the show’s…