popular culture research topics

1. A Character Analysis of Julie and Nora in Miss Julie by August Strindberg and A Dolls House by Henrick Ibsen

Desc: This paper will see to give a character analysis of Julie and Nora in Miss Julie by August Strindberg and A Doll's House by Henrick Ibsen. By understanding the patriarchal societies that both of these women partake in, we can analyze how they deal with refusing male sexual aggression. By learning to seek a balance in their relationships with men, they both take a journey that will seek respect from sexist values in their culture.

2. A Comparison and Contrast of Sam from Cheers and Jerry Seinfeld from the Jerry Seinfeld Show.

Desc: This paper will discuss the two characters fro the shows "Cheers" and "Seinfeld". By understanding the two main actors in the show Sam and Jerry Seinfeld, we can see the contrast and comparison that they both exude in their characters that are shown on these programs. 3 pgs. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

3. A Comparison of the Carton Character Dilbert with the TV Show Host Drew Carey.

Desc: This paper will compare Dilbert, the cartoon character, with Drew Carey, the TV Show star. Their influences on each other and their similarities will be reflected upon. Their reasons why they are so popular will be expounded upon as well. 10 pgs. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

4. A Review of the Film: Gone With The Wind.

Desc: This paper will review the movie Gone With the Wind, and seek to understand what the ideas were behind this classic drama of southern life after the Civil War. The film extends over a time period of twelve years in the life of plantation belle Scarlet O'Hara, from the start of the Civil War through the Reconstruction Period, and covers her various romantic pursuits against the backdrop of historical events. By showing this aspect of southern life in this period, we can see how it represents a Hollywood version of a historical drama.

5. A Theatrical Review of the Play Proof at the Manhattan Theater Club on Broadway, October 25, 2000.

Desc: This paper will give a review on the Broadway play Proof. By understanding the stage settings, lighting, and character development, we can see why Sullivan's play is a success.

6. A day of Apologies.

Desc: This five-page sophomore level paper is on a Greek mythology tragedy play "A day of Apologies". It includes the details about the Athenian jury and an out-of-towner is brought in, accused of murder, her name is Medea, and she is accused of having killed her brother, King Pelias and her children named Oedipus, and he is accused of killing his own father and married his mother.

7. American Melodrama: Origin, Evolution, and Impact.

Desc: Perhaps the most concise definition of a melodrama is that it is basically a theatrical performance consisting of a romantic plot in which the author manipulates events in order to act upon the emotions of the audience without very much professional regard for either character development, character motivation, plot consistency, or common logic. In the early years of the Nineteenth Century most of the melodramas presented in American theaters were romantic, exotic, or supernatural. By the 1820's the style had evolved somewhat regarding types of settings and traits of characters, and by the 1830's the content of melodramas had become much more elevated and gentlemanly compared to those popular a generation earlier. 5 pgs. 6 f/c. 5b.

8. American Pop Culture.

Desc: This paper discusses popular music, explains its appeal, and examines how it is different from other forms of folk and vernacular music. Other topics dealt with include the democratic nature of music, how the music industry influences popular tastes, and what the relationship is between popular music forms and race, class, and gender. 2 pgs. 0 f/c. 0b.

9. An Analysis of the songs The Living Years by Mike and the Mechanics and From a Distance by Bette Midler.

Desc: 11 pgs. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

10. An Argument for Feminism: Understanding Henrik Ibsens A Dolls House in the Victorian Age

Desc: In this paper Ibsen, in his play "A Doll's House", was correct in creating an ending that presented the liberation of Nora in the cause for women in Victorian times. The strict imprisonment of women through the institution of marriage makes his ending more just in modern critical thought, but ultimately, it had to be revised with a patriarchal ending within the social milieu of Victorian times. This is how we can understand the text and critical thought, as it relates to Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll's House" in a feminist presentation.

11. An Argumentative Essay: I Disagree that TV Has Brought Members of the Family Together

Desc: This study will examine how TV plays a large role in developing disunity amongst American families. By analyzing the different aspects of TV Programming in America, we will show certain TV shows help to bring about deviant sexual behaviors, language orientated vulgarity and violent interaction between families. This TV programming is not conducive to civilized behavior, and does little to help enforce family unity in a moral consensus.

12. And The Lord Uttered, "Wilbur:" A Philosophic-Literary Analysis Of Cult Propaganda In The First Two Stanzas Of The "Mr. Ed" Theme Song. (Or, "A Brief Exercise In Pseudo-Intellectual Pretense").

Desc: Mr. Ed is a talking horse who lives with Wilbur, his human owner and (sic) companion. This corresponds to the traditional 50s television plotline that will be referred to here as the "Genie Principle" (Cf. "I Dream of Genie," in which no one can know about the Genie except the main character; hijinx inevitably ensue). Only Wilbur knows that Mr. Ed can talk; hijinx inevitably ensue. How, then, is Mr. Ed "famous?" Only in the realm of the viewer; i.e., only given situational irony. That being said, the "famous" Mr. Ed, while a talking horse (grounds for fame, if not infamy, by standard standards), is not in fact "famous" within the epistemological parameters of the show. On the contrary, only George knows he can talk (and, lest it be forgotten/understated, hijinx do in fact ensue).

13. Answers to Five Questions in Drama

Desc: This paper will answer five questions on the playwrights: Ibsen, Pirnadello, Strindberg, and Chekhov. By understanding different themes of characterization within these texts, we can see how each uses a significant blend of characters to change traditional ideas of character development. This is how we can answer these questions from the texts in this form.

14. Are Ozzie Harriet Dead Forever

Desc: Television programming has changed dramatically over the past 50 years. Much has been for the good - greater variety, more channels, cable and satellite-dish technology, and so forth. But many of the changes have not been so good. Today, TV features almost unlimited violence, sex, racy talk shows, and other questionable programming. We will now look at TV and how much it has changed since this medium began taking off in the 1950s. 10 pgs. Bibliography lists 11 sources.