English A Works Studied

English A Works Studied

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The Anatomy of Non-Literary Texts


Why What Features
Comics To entertain with storytelling via images; to inform, persuade, and encourage new behaviors in readers A sequence of panels of images that tell a visual story Windows; panels; caption boxes, speech bubbles, thought bubbles, action words; characters; setting
Cartoons To entertain; to inform; to provide an opinion/ to critique; persuasive; to comment on current events; to further a political cause an drawn image or cartoon strip that has political and social commentary concerning current events satire; hyperbole; caricatures; visual metaphors; colour; text; signature
Film To entertain, inform, send a message, tell a story, commercial gain A story told through moving pictures /visuals Cinematography, characters, setting, dialogue, sound (broad), narrative, mise en scene, editing,
Documentary To document reality; to instruct, educate and record. A non-fictional motion-picture intended to document reality Interviews, cutaways, cinema verite, process footage, archive
Photograph To inform/persuade; to provide visual aid; to entertain; to display information visually A picture or image depicting a thing, event, etc.
Chart To display data; to demonstrate important relationships or patterns between data points A graphical representation for data visualization (may be a diagram, picture, graph, etc.)
Memoir To share a period of time during the author’s lifetime and their thoughts A nonfiction narrative written from one’s memory on a particular (series of) event(s)
Dictionary To define words; to keep records of new words; to provide a list of synonyms and antonyms A resource that alphabetically lists the words of a language and gives their meaning, often also providing information about pronunciation, origin, and usage Grammatical functions of a word; synonyms and antonyms; phonetics of a word; origin of a word; glossary
Screenplay To guide the producers, director, actors, and crew of the production through what will appear on screen A script of a film, television show or moving media, including acting instructions and scene directions Movements, actions, expressions and dialogues
Map To present information about the world in a visual way; to show the location of an area (e.g. country, state, etc.) in relation to another area A symbolic representation of selected characteristics of a place, usually drawn on a flat surface Scale, symbols, grids, projections, legend, title, cardinal arros


Baron of Botox Analysis – Part Four

Episode 10

This last episode was titled “Epilogue” as opposed to “Episode 10” to signal finality, and the topic of the podcast mirrors that as it discusses the aftermath of Dr. Brandt’s suicide, as well as the future of the world’s battle with beauty. Unlike in previous episodes, Harman reflects on her personal experiences as the podcast host of /The Baron of Botox/, and the pressure she has received as a woman in the media industry. She also describes how she still encounters “[Dr. Brandt’s] ghosts… everywhere”, even 5 years after his death, and how she visualizes his face when walking down 5th avenue and reading beauty magazines. Throughout the episode, she explores the human condition and our “never-ending question to dominate [beauty]” by interviewing individuals in different sectors of the beauty industry, such as Dr. Carlos Wolff and Jane Mary. By introducing the debate between botox as a “happy factor” versus a “sexist tool of oppression, she ends her podcast series with a notion of uncertainty and challenges readers to engage in the discussion by asking “Are you looking in the mirror?”

Baron of Botox Analysis – Part Three

Episode 8

The purpose of this episode was to humanise Dr. Brandt. Through anecdotes and descriptions, Harmon provides a new perspective on Dr. Brandt’s personality and behavior. For example, she depicts his hardworking lifestyle by accounting that he was a busy man, referring to the fact that he “attended 16 different conventions” one year, in which he leaded multiple seminars and panels. To characterize his resilience, she references one specific occasion where he attended the Annual American Academy of Dermatology meeting in San Francisco, despite having experienced the trauma of the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt parody episode two weeks prior. Furthermore, Harmon characterizes Dr. Brandt through a more personal perspective, taking quotes from his close friends. She recounts one circumstance where an A-list celebrity became “irate” after she developed a hard nodule on her face after a surgical operation with Dr. Brandt. According to his friends, he was more than anything “paralyzed with fear that he would lose her as a patient”, and “in the last months of his life, he was obsessed with having the filler taken off the market,” exhibiting the extent of his loyalty to his clients.

In addition, Harmon also begins to refer to Dr. Brandt as “Fred” in this episode, likely to create a sense of personal connection to the man. Furthermore, when Harmon begins to introduce the darker topic of Dr. Brandt’s depression and death, she adds melancholy music to the background to create a more serious tone.

A Thematic Analysis of Frankenstein – Paper 2

Gina Paper 2 – Frankenstein

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Baron of Botox Analysis – Part Two

Episode 4 | 8:58-11:58

This excerpt is significant because it includes past interviews with both Dr. Brandt and his clientele, and thus gives the audience crucial background information regarding Dr Brandt’s character. As the podcast itself is centered around his suicide, this provides the possibility for foreshadow on the part of the narrator as she leads up to either the climax or general argument of her series, allows for the audience to begin to put together the incident for themselves, as well as gives the podcast credibility for pulling from other sources in order to tell its story. Furthermore, this is continued as the narrator herself undergoes some of the treatments that Dr Brandt provided in his very surgery. This parallels with the primary source interview that is inserted into the podcast.

Techniques used within the excerpt include inserting primary sources (such as recordings) of Dr Brandt and interviews he was apart of within the podcast. Commentary regarding these recordings by overlapping the narration with the primary source recordings.

Harman employs a combination of visual imagery and contrast to reveal the true nature of Dr. Anolik and Dr. Brandt’s work as plastic surgeons. With visual imagery, she describes the room as “purely medical…[with] sterile surfaces and white cabinets,” affirming the classic aesthetic of a medical office. However, she continues with a shift of tone and begins to the emotional significance of the room as a “therapists office, a members only club…[and] a sacred place.” This contrast of her tone, along with her word choice which now includes lexicon surrounding themes of emotional attachment and comfort, she destigmatises the negative perceptions that listeners may have initially had on plastic surgery. This account of her experience is valuable to the podcast in that it provides a intimate personal take on her surgical procedure.

Harman produces an auditory recording of an interaction between Dr. Brandt and one of his clientele. The content in the audio records the process that client’s may face in initial interaction between them and Dr. Brandt. This provides information that the listener may not have previously understood of the process involved before cosmetic surgery. This interaction between client and Dr. Brandt also provides a better characterisation of Brandt with a playful interaction and demonstrates the trust that Dr. Brandt’s clients places on him. “He [Dr. Bradnt] the ribbing in stride”. The recording serves to further Harman’s credibility in her investigation of both cosmetic surgery and Dr. Brandt.

Romanticism and Character Parallels in Frankenstein

Romanticism was an artistic movement that focused on emotions and individualism that was most popular from the first half of the 19th century, which was when Frankenstein was written and published. The romantic genre suggests that an entire aesthetic experience can revolve around an emotion. Mary Shelley wrote the book Frankenstein in the romantic style, which is demonstrated by detailed and descriptive nature of her writing and clear preference for complex sentences over short ones. She writes in the first person, allowing for a more biased perspective and an emotional experience for readers to become invested in. She also often employs repetition and short sentences to emphasize her points, in the forms of her varied word choice and long sentences.

Another significant aspect of Frankenstein in regards to its characterisation and structure is Shelley’s use of parallelism of characters Walton and Victor. Below is a comparative table constructed to compare and contrast the characters.

Walton Victor
Situation  “Rescued [Victor] from a strange and perilous situation; [and] benevolently restored [him] to life.” (3) “[Gave] life” (42) to Frankenstein and is now searching for him
Goals To “accomplish some great purpose” by expediting “the North Pole” (2) “Seek knowledge and wisdom.” (14)
Personal Qualities Determination – “I voluntarily endured cold, famine, thirst, and want of sleep.” (3)

Claims to be unintelligent – “

Resilience – “For this I had deprived myself of rest and health.” (42)

Blinded by pride/pursuit of knowledge


Baron of Botox Analysis – Part One

Gina_Baron of Botox Annotation Exercise Episode 3

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Frankenstein – Paper 1 Outline

Frankenstein – Outline Exercise

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The School of Life: Body of Work

The following list of articles comprises my “body of work” for The School of Life. I selected articles that thematically revolved around self-knowledge and philosophy.

1. Thinking Too Much; and Thinking Too Little

This article addresses the inner conflict we have on our habits of thinking too much and thinking too little. They imply that both habits have issues; the chronic overthinker fails to develop their personality due to the constant chatter of their clouded thoughts, while the indifferent defensively neglects their emotional health.

2. On Talking Horizontally

Sigmeud Freud’s discovery on the behavioral differences depending on the positions of two people in conversation. The psychology of people’s sensitivity and vulnerability based on the possibility of being judged. This discovery was the origin of patients lying on couches during psychotherapeutic consulting sessions.

3. Why Do I Feel So Lonely?

On the concept of romanticism and the impact of technology on interpersonal relationships. An analysis of the changes in communal meals and concepts of romance over time. The article traces these changes back to Carl Jung’s introduction of extraversion and introversion to society.

4. Political Emotional Maturity

This article tackles the often ignored political immaturity of electorates, and identifies the effects of such in the histories of massacres and political catastrophes. The article uses a series of statements as examples of both political emotional maturity and immaturity.

5. A Philosophical Exercise for Envy

A step-by-step exercise on lending our envy perspective and addressing the impulse of repressing it. The article allows and encourages readers to reconsider the reasons behind their emotions and unconscious thoughts and advocates for reflective self-improvement.

6. On Resolutions

An article emphasizing the importance of resolutions on our productivity. The article is only three sentences long and highlights each message written. Ironically, the tone and length of the article is incredibly resolute, further supporting its message.

7. Is Free Will or Determinism Correct?

A deeper look into the philosophical debate on the human ability to change their lives. The article argues that our individual beliefs in free will or determinism are related to our levels of aspiration and defeatism, with more aspirational people believing in free will as a gateway to achieve more, and defeatists being clouded by self-deceit and using determinism as an excuse.

8. Utopian Artificial Intelligence

This article explores the positive aspects of artificial emotional intelligence (AEI) that is often overshadowed by discussions of its potential disastrous consequences. It discusses six different aspects of our society (self-knowledge, education, news media, art, shopping and relationships) and makes the readers imagine and strive for a future where utopian AEI is achieved.

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