The idea is to use the critical “lens” to examine your subject

The idea is to use the critical “lens” to examine your subject

Write an essay in which you use a concept from one of the essays we have read (Twain, Plato, Machiavelli, Ericsson, or Orwell) as a “lens,” or frame, to analyze a work of narrative art that interests you. It could be a movie, TV show, short story, novel, podcast, etc. Whatever interests you.
The idea is to use the critical “lens” to examine your subject. Attempt to engage/converse with said author and their theory in a way that provides deeper insight into the subject matter of your choice.
Example: As an example, a lens essay might look at the popular TV show Game of Thrones though the lens of Machiavelli’s claim that it is better for rulers to be feared than loved. The thesis statement might be: “In the acclaimed television show Game of Thrones, the rulers of Westeros who follow Machiavelli’s principle that is better to be feared than loved are the most successful.”
I will go over the lens essay format more in class, and you can find information on this type of essay online. This is a good quick guide (Links to an external site.).
Notes:
Pick a concept from one of the non-fiction essays we read as your lens. Either Twain, Plato, Machiavelli, Ericsson, or Orwell.
Your subject may be one of the short stories we have read in class (Grace Paley, N.K. Jemisin, Ursula K. Le Guin, etc.). But you are free to pick a movie, TV show, documentary, or any other work of your choosing.
Remember to use APA formatting, including a title page and reference page.
Double space your work, use 12 point font, and indent paragraphs.