Paper instructions:Write a short critical analysis of a humanities artifact/“text” (visual artwork from a museum, short story, poem &etc.) demonstrating the course principles of analysis utilized in class.
What medium/form is your artifact? (Photograph, advertisement, poem, oil painting)
Who made it? When and where?
Who was it created for?
What describes it stylistically? (Ex. It is created with neutral colors? Do the brush strokes make an organic texture? What is the tone of the poem? Is there imagery or a rhyme scheme?)
Thesis: Make an argument regarding the artifact’s meaning, message, or impact.
Body II: How does one of the stylistic elements affect the meaning of the artifact?
Ex. The harsh contrast of colors and the jagged lines emphasize the tragedy of the painted scene, creating a somber tone.
Ex. The prominence of the woman’s breast in the center of the advertisement and the cropping of the top half of her face from the image leads the viewer to perceive her body as an object rather than part of a human being.
Body III: Give another example of how one of the stylistic elements affect the meaning of the artifact?
Conclusion: Reiterate your thesis. Summarize your body paragraphs.