S.A. Takacs

S.A. Takacs

I graduated in May of 2014 with a degree in English and Creative Writing and am doing my best to keep up those writing and editing skills.

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    The Development of South Park Characters

    Analyze the development of certain characters throughout the series. For example, in the earliest seasons, Kenny is known for dying in most episodes. Later, his character is allowed to develop, since he doesn’t die quite as frequently. Also, his identity as Mysterion and more active participation in recent episodes gives his character a bit more depth. Similarly, Wendy becomes more than just the girl Stan has a crush on and later dates. As the series progressed, she is portrayed as intelligent and thoughtful. Cartman can also be discussed, either as an example of a character whose characterization has changed (i.e. more outrageous) or as a character that remains more or less the same. Discuss the ramifications of such character development in relation to the show’s themes and direction.

    • Jemarc has an in-depth article on certain aspects of South Park he touches on some of the material that you mentioned. However, an expansion on Wendy and Stan's relationship and character development is a great idea. Additionally, discussing the ramifications of these characters in relation to their development and relationship to the thematic direction would be an intriguing interpretation. – Venus Echos 9 years ago
    • As Echos said, I have a very lengthy article that explores South Park as a series. That being said, I think this would do an excellent job of complimenting that article. Debating whether or not to take it myself but I'm a bit "South Park'd" out so to speak. I think that this is very broad though, so if someone decide's to do so, I believe it would be good to focus on the lesser-known characters that became more important as the series progressed, i.e. Randy Marsh, Mr. Garrison, Butters, Craig and Tweak, etc. – Jemarc Axinto 9 years ago
    • I think you would have sufficient material if you focused on one or two characters in South Park. Mr. Garrison, for one would be an interesting examination, given his complex state of mind. Stan & Wendy would perhaps be another. – JDJankowski 9 years ago
    • One of the more interesting aspects of the show is the fact that the children have developed quite a bit but have only aged one or two years since the mid90's. How are several different decades reflected in these kids who don't age? – Cmandra 9 years ago

    Lolita and the Shadow

    In Vladimir Nabokov’s novel, Humbert Humbert refers to Clare Quilty as his shadow, haunting him and Lolita as they travel across the United States. Quilty is also viewed by many readers as Humbert’s doppelganger. Explore the relationship between Humbert and Quilty and the role of the literary doppelganger.

    • The word "shadow" describing Quilty could also mean that Quilty is the "bad" ephebophile to Humbert's "good" and not just as Humbert's doppleganger (at least in terms of the unreliable narration since Humbert would consider himself the "hero" of Lolita and Quilty as the real villain). – dsoumilas 9 years ago
    • I wrote a paper on a similar topic back in high school, actually! About how Clare Quilty and H.H. are doppelgangers that ultimately unite in the end (a la "we rolled over us"). – txl 8 years ago

    The Dynamics of the Animated Family

    Discuss the similarities and differences between the family units depicted on The Simpsons, Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers, and any other animated shows revolving around an often quirky or dysfunctional family. With The Simpsons and Family Guy, the father is a fat idiot, while the wife is a homemaker who tries to keep her husband’s antics in check; there are three children in all aforementioned shows. What is the significance of the similarities and differences between the families on these shows? Is there a pattern that these shows follow that contributes to their successes or failures?

    • It might also be interesting to looks at how they've affected each other - like Family Guy arguably was very influenced by The Simpsons which was in turn influenced by The Flintstones. Then American Dad/The Cleveland show spawned from the same place as Family Guy and all follow a very similar family dynamic, whereas Bob's Burgers took quite a different turn. There was recently quite an interesting Artifice article related to this which might be worth referring to: https://the-artifice.com/bobs-burgers-familial-love/ – Hannah Spencer 9 years ago

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    S.A. Takacs

    Interesting article. I haven’t read Aristotle in a long time, but it’s good to know he’s relevant outside a college classroom.

    Aristotle and the Highest Good
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    Great article about a great show. People might think South Park is just downright crass, but it’s actually way more clever than we realize. Parker and Stone will satirize anything and anybody, while making us laugh in the process.

    South Park: Respect Their Commentarah
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    I can’t imagine attaching a picture of myself to my resume. I’d much rather be judged on my accomplishments and whether or not I’m a decent person, but we judge people first on how they look and draw our own conclusions based on that.

    200 Pounds Beauty: South Korea's Plastic Surgery Industry
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    Tarantino has certainly made a name for himself as a filmmaker. Whenever you hear about “that Tarantino film,” you know what to expect. I also think the soundtracks he uses for his films are great. The songs fit so well with what’s happening in the scene and set the tone.

    The Work of Quentin Tarantino: Quality Over Quantity
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    Great article! Feminism is certainly about choice, living the life you want and making the choices you want without trying to fit into anyone’s standard of gender, sex, race, class etc. Jane definitely embodies that in her choice to marry Rochester. Roxanne Gay sums up in the best way that we’re not going to every neatly fit into categories and that we shouldn’t try to.

    Analyzing Jane Eyre as a Contemporary "Bad Feminist"
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    Very interesting article! The line between art and pornography is certainly blurry, even if some people may suggest they’ll “known porn when they see it.” It is interesting that Mann was attacked for taking pictures of her own children, when there are people out there who photograph children for their own perverted purposes. There are a lot of issues that play out on the image of naked body, particularly a child’s body, and perhaps it is when these issues collide that there is controversy.

    The Controversial Art of Sally Mann
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    Interesting list! I’ll have to re-watch Inception now, and I never knew a stuntman was killed during the filming of The Dark Knight.

    10 Overlooked Facts From Your Favorite Movies
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    Great piece! I enjoyed the parallels you draw between “Howl” and punk rock, the latter a subject I don’t know too much about. Thanks for this article!

    Punk Rock in Allen Ginsberg's Howl: Kill Your Idols to Make Yourself a God