In Essay 2, you wrote a literature review that analyzed the current state of scholarship on a topic you had chosen, related to our course question about the relationship between science fiction and issue with technology. Now, for your final essay, you will conduct original research in order to enter into that academic conversation. *I will attach my previous essay (Essay 2) for you to use for reference if that is helpful*
Your assignment:
In this essay, you have a choice in primary sources to work with: The 1997 film, Gattaca. You will then conduct research and analysis on the primary source and the topic you have chosen, and write a 6-8 page essay that presents an argument about how a close analysis of your primary source reveals some issue or problem related to the topic you have selected. In other words, you’re trying to answer our course’s guiding question. So how does this work of fiction speak to real-world problems like the one you’ve been researching? Does it offer a timely warning we should pay attention to? Does it present a warning that is too far-fetched to be taken seriously?
Your essay should not simply present a summary of the case you researched, although such background information will be important to orienting unfamiliar readers. Rather, your essay should enter the existing academic conversation by making an argument about how we should interpret the novel or film and why this interpretation is significant with regard to current scholarship.
To present this argument, you will need to:
Introduce the topic at hand, briefly survey the existing scholarship, explain your research question, introduce the case your essay will examine, and state your thesis.
Provide an assessment of the scholarly conversation most relevant to your argument. For example, if your literature review concluded that one methodological approach was more useful than others, and you aim to position your essay as contributing to this body of scholarship, it would be useful to analyze that segment of the literature in more depth to contextualize your research.
Guide readers through your analysis of your case by working closely with evidence from the primary and secondary sources you identified through research
Explain how your findings affirm, extend, complicate, challenge, or otherwise contribute to the existing academic conversation.
*Source requirements*
Your primary source is limited to the 1997 film, Gattaca. You should also have 10-12 academic secondary sources (i.e. peer-reviewed academic books and peer-reviewed articles in academic journals), which you use to support your argument within the essay. As always, you should format your citations and document according to MLA style. See your Little Seagull Handbook for guidance.
*I am going to attach PDF’s with all of the secondary sources that you are going to need to use*
*Also, I will attach the sample essay that the professor has provided for us to use as a reference only as well as the professor expectations for the essay*
REMINDER TO PLEASE CAREFULLY FOLLOW THE STRICT INSTRUCTIONS AND USE THE SAMPLES I PROVIDED FROM THE PROFESSOR AS GUIDLINES. ALSO, THE PRIMARY SOURCE IS THE 1997 FILM, GATTACA, AND THE 10 OTHER SECONDARY SOURCES ARE THE ONESE I AM PROVIDING BY UPLOADING THE PDF’S.

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