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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.
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 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?
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