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This guide is designed to help you complete your research assignment on Elia Kazan's On the Waterfront. You will learn how to identify relevant resources that will support your paper, and cite them in Modern Language Association (MLA) format.

On the Waterfront


Kaufman, Boris. Film Still: On the Waterfront. 1954. The Ace Black Blog, 2016. Web. 7 Mar. 2016.

Your Assignment

Critical Essay Outline

Prepare an outline for a critical paper about On the Waterfront. 

Be sure to word your thesis carefully, making sure that it is an opinion, which can you argue using multiple points and examples from the film. Use the outline schematic below to guide you. If your thesis is based on a dynamic character, then use the character development diagrams in Chapter 6 of Close Up: A Critical Introduction to Film to help you.
I. Introduction

II. Title of film, year, director

Brief synopsis of the premise or plot.


III. First point to support the thesis. Explain in a sentence or two how the point relates to the thesis.

 2 or more examples from the film to support your first point.

IV. Second point to support the thesis. Explain in a sentence or two how the point relates to the thesis.
2 or more examples from the film to support your second point.

V. Third point to support the thesis.
 2 or more examples to support your third point.

VI. Conclusion
This paragraph should summarize the main points of your argument and explain any larger implications.


What Is Criticism?

"(T)he interpretation and evaluation of literature and the arts." ("Criticism" 2015)

According to Gilles Deleuze, arts criticism can be "theoretical, practical, textual, judicial, biographical, and impressionistic." ("Criticism" 2015)

American critic M. H. Abrams has pointed out that all criticism emphasizes one of four relationships: "the mimetic, the work's connection to reality; the pragmatic, its effect on the audience; the expressive, its connection to the author; and the objective, the work as an independent, self-sufficient creation." ("Criticism" 2015)

Work Cited

"Criticism." The Columbia Encyclopedia. New York: Columbia University Press, 2015. Credo Reference. Web. 7 Mar. 2016.


Model of a Citation

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