Rick and Morty Rascism

 

Engage closely with a single episode of a television series, just as with any other text, and develop a thoughtful and measured response to its content.
The justifying a position essay tasks you with performing one of these close readings with an episode of Rick and Morty. Just as with South Park, you will view (and re-view [and re-view {etc.}]) the episode with an aim toward evaluating the cultural and/or philosophical argument presented in the episode. Rick and Morty is decidedly more “out there” in terms of its approach to subject matter. The show regularly places its cultural arguments within the competing moral imperatives of its characters, thus its argumentative approach is often more complex than the more deliberate and thesis driven approach of South Park. Basically, this means that identifying a specific argument in Rick and Morty can be a lot tougher.
Decide which argument presented in your episode is the strongest and then defend the reasoning for your choice through the logic of that character. Do you believe that Morty is right in wanting to save a sentient cloud of gas from being killed? Or do you side with Rick in his amoral choice to sell weapons to assassins? Is Beth correct when she tells Jerry not enter a subterranean facility that Rick has built in their garage? Or is Jerry right when…..No, Jerry is never right. Don’t be a Jerry.
Accomplish this in one of two ways:
Option 1: Write a straightforward argumentative paper adhering to the expectations laid out in this document.
Option 2: Write a satirical argumentative paper from the stance and voice of a character from the show that adheres to the same expectation laid out herein, but uses the devices of satire, such as irony, sarcasm, exaggeration, parody, analogy, double entendre, etc. Works such as Rick and Morty, Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal, George Orwell’s Animal Farm, The Daily Show, Colbert Report, South Park, or other popular works of satire are good models for inspiration and framing.

Whichever position and option you choose, you will establish your argument through an assertive thesis developed from your close reading of the episode and then support that thesis with research culled from scholarly sources. You must use at least 2 scholarly sources to inform your argument – meaning that your materials will come from academically sourced and peer reviewed publications. One additional source may be drawn from popular publications.

Specific criteria:
• You must use at least two (2) scholarly sources to inform your position, but you are limited to no more than three (3). A third source may be drawn from non-scholarly publications.

Format:
• 1,500 words
• Double-spaced using 12-point Times New Roman font.
• One-inch margins and one-inch header and footer.
• MLA style, including Works Cited page. Including page numbers.

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