In Hossein’s Kite Runner, Hassan’s fate is obvious. Why? What has he done—what r
In Hossein’s Kite Runner, Hassan’s fate is obvious. Why? What has he done—what reasons are revealed—that inevitably result in the way society views him? One might argue that he has violated several of the social standards that define a rigidly prescribed sense of “manhood.” If so, what are they, and why do they result in the cruelty this character experiences? How does Amir’s guilt speak to his own betrayal of the masculine code? What role do fathers play? And why does the role of father—in this novel and beyond—seem to be so complicated? How does Emerson’s position on non-conformity speak to what happens in this novel? Is this Emersonian concept, one which was intended to be empowering, actually impossible to attain—at least without punishment? Additionally, looking at the idea of masculinity, what is the true definition? Is it inevitably toxic? Looking at the two articles by Williams, do movements like #MeToo and Time’s Up signal a shift in the global power structure that has historically been centered on male supremacy? Are “being a man” and outwardly demonstrating “masculinity” concepts that inevitably endanger women? How does Newsom’s documentary speak to the need for change? What does Newsome reveal about how difficult the call to “Be a man!” actually is? Contrastingly, how do the essays and films we have reviewed fit the gay male into these prescribed boxes of maleness and manhood? Add Fight Club to this argument: What does maleness have to do with fighting? And why must men, according to the film, fight? In that same regard, how does the Emersonian notion of being “whole” play into this? How do those interviewed in Newsom’s documentary speak to the issues that Fight Club and Emerson bring to light? Blend into the argument the pain expressed by the males seeking answers in Claudine. Why is their struggle the same as the other films and essays—yet distinctly different? How do all the examinations we’ve examined around “being man” speak to the world we live in today? Has anything changed? Are things better? Worse? Is the idea of “man” changing? Or is everyone just afraid of being “cancelled” and, as such, the history that has formed maleness and manhood will continue as it always has? Make sure to include: Throughout your essay’s argument, look at how the female characters are portrayed in the films, articles, and the novel. What roles do they perform in how males view manhood? Do they aid them or distract? Are they friend or foe? Consider the herd mentality/deindividuation and intersectionality: how do these sociological lenses alter the way we conceptualize the social call to “Be a man”? Throughout your essay, determine what commentary the books and films and music make on manhood, and in what ways do these artistic interpretations define, alter, or shape the lives of the characters who are portrayed as irrevocably damaged. Paper should weave source discussions that we have uncovered while researching these texts and films, including any laws, cultural considerations, statistics, and sociological/psychological/philosophical principles discussed Throughout the work, feel free to introduce any films or literature or music we have examined this semester that will support your argument Secondary sources—sources assigned/viewed this summer but not listed above—are required (at least six) Paper must have quotes documented and cited throughout that support the writer’s argument Do not forget that the paper must conform to MLA’s or APA’s documentation style This paper cannot be less than seven FULL pages or more than ten (this does not include a title page or Works Cited/References page). Before you pass out or curse my name, please NOTE: The design and development, the order and weight of the argument, is up to you, the literary critic. Keep in mind that everything listed above must be included, but the development and presentation of the material is the writer’s choice. As writer, decide what the main focus will be for your paper. If, for example, Emerson or Fight Club or Claudine or toxic masculinity or religion or language or feminism or conformity is what you feel should be primary, just shift the perspective. Ultimately, everything must be addressed, but you decide what the essay will concentrate on—what the thesis will use as its primary source Do not attempt to simply answer the questions. The paper must introduce, defend, and conclude. There are a lot of questions above, but they will not and should not receive the same weight for our paper development. Our papers must develop an essay that has an introduction, a controlling thesis, defending body paragraphs with transition, and a conclusion Be aware: Any paper suspected of plagiarism will result in an automatic F and be forwarded to the Division Dean. Papers that rate over 50% on SafeAssign should be reconsidered Unless the paper is well-documented and has appropriate citations throughout, any Safe Assign above 50% should not be submitted

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