Paper #3 -– Album's Themes
Length: 6 - 7 typed double-spaced pages
For this paper, consider why Niimi chose to write about Murmur (he makes a number of arguments about his interest and investment in the book). From there, follow these steps:
- Select an album that's been important for you, and make it clear why you think the album needs a closer look.
- Write an Argument Analysis of album, where you make it clear what you think that artist is arguing. It's possible there are a number of arguments on an album, and you might find there's a "conversation" emerging, so consider how to summarize and clarify that for a reader.
- Write a Rhetorical Analysis of the album, where you argue what strategies the artist uses to make their argument, clearly show where strategies are used, and explain why you believe what you're citing to be a strategy. Explain Why and How that aspect of the text is trying to work rhetorically.
- Conclude the paper with how you think the album connects to a larger conversation in our culture, and whether or not it's an effective contribution to the culture. Explain that point of view.
You'll explore how you think the thing you notice is present in each record, and perhaps how it changes or remains the same, and/or how the world might interact differently with that now.
This paper will have an introduction, at least 6 body paragraphs, a conclusion, and will incorporate at least four sources (one from our reading, and another you find through your own research).