Think back on the process of writing the monster evaluation and write a short note about what you learned from the process. What do you identify as the strengths and weaknesses of your paper? What do you like about the essay, and where did you struggle?

Take 4 minutes and comment below your essay. 

Quick Write

Imagine that you live in the time of Star Trek. You do not have to worry about making money in order for food or shelter. Everything you could ever want is now taken care of. What would you do now? What would you want to be? What would you decide to do with your time?

Causal Analysis Intro

A Causal Analysis essay gives you a precise way to ask tough questions about the world you live in. Everyday the news is full of issues that raise why and what if questions. Instead of focusing on the whole of an issue, focus down on why something happens or what the effect is of something happening. 

For example: Instead of focusing on the death penalty which has a ton of information to sort through once you begin researching. The causal analysis assignment focuses the inquiry into causes and effects: Why was the death penalty reinstated in Texas in 1982? Or, what has the deterrent effect been since then?

The causal analysis gives you a line of inquiry to pursue, that is central to understanding the argument and arguing well. In this way, the assignment asks you to develop rhetorical skills, in particular logical thinking, the supporting of explanations with evidence, and the ability to explain the “story” of cause and effect to an audience.

For this assignment, you will pick a monster to investigate more in-depth. 

What are Real Monsters?

Serial Killers receive huge amounts of media attention and inspire countless novels, films, and television show; including some that we have already discussed. 

Why is society so fascinated with serial killers?

Here is the infamous shower scene from Psycho (1960)

While this scene is iconic, the movie is based on a real person: Ed Gein.

Another movie monster that was inspired by Ed Gein is Leatherface, from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974).

While you can hate or love horror movies, our job in this class is to ask why? Why do we have so many? Why do we create so many horror movies? Why are we fascinated with these monsters?

What monster theory can help us understand the what and why of these “real” monsters?

A Logician’s View: Deduction, Induction, and Fallacy

We read chapter 9 A Logician’s View for today. In small groups, come up with a clear definition of what Deduction. Induction, and Fallacies are. 

How do these fallacies connect to our second unit on Monsters and Monster Theory? 

Comment below with your answer/paragraph.

Phrasing the Questions

All good research begins with a purpose and a question. For this next assignment, your question has to be clear and your topic needs to be clear. Once you have decided on a monster or monster category to study, it is time to come up with an appropriate question to help guide you. 

Monsters are a very popular topic in our society, what we are doing in this class is thinking of them in context with the culture that produces them. A clear research question will help guide your research and analysis. 

Step 1: What monster are you going to research and study?

Step 2: Decide if you want to investigate the cause or the effect

Step 3: Write your research question. 

Example: What was going on in society that led to the development of the original vampire belief? Or, What led to the development of the vampire myth?

If you remember, we previously saw a TED educational video that addressed this question. 

Quick Write

When you think you are thinking critically, think again.