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March 18, 2006

Raising Kane

Demonstrative Research Essay -- Jerz: American Lit II (EL 267)

The essay, while verbose, contains no research. The only work cited is the movie itself, so the entire essay is the writer's opinion with no supporting evidence. Secondly, we agreed in class the thesis statement was deemphasized.

In addition to the lack of quotes from other sources (I don't think the writer even quotes the movie, save the statement "Rosebud") we decided he could have wittled it down by half. There were just too many points for a no-research, research paper.

Citizen Kane was is a movie that to this day receives critical acclaim. I find it hard to believe the writer could not locate some critical essay about it. Barring that, he could have compared to other Orson Welles movies, like The Third Man, for one example. He did none of it, taking the easy way out.

This essay might have been good enough for a film course, but we agreed it wasn't enough to fly in our class.

Posted by MattHampton at March 18, 2006 01:46 AM


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