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Select, analyze, and write about a cultural icon.
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Assignment Description

For Essay Two, you will build on the writing skills that you employed in Essay One with the objective of exploring connections between written and visual texts.

As such, you will select, analyze, and write about a cultural icon for your paper. An icon is an image, symbol, or idea that has become commonplace in a society. Cultural icons might be thought of as people, pictures, or events that have a powerful influence on our thinking. All of the following are cultural icons:

  • Seminoles,
  • Bob Dylan,
  • Meryl Streep,
  • Hugh Heffner,
  • Dr. Seuss,
  • The Beatles,
  • Alcoholics Anonymous,
  • Woodstock,
  • Pearl Harbor,
  • Van Gogh,
  • Shakespeare,
  • and the Mona Lisa.

Choose your own icon to write about (not necessarily from the above list).



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