Hrist Figures as explained by Lloyd Baugh and the film Harry Potter And the Prisoner of Azkaban:

RLG332H REEL RELIGION a ESSAY 1

I will be comparing Christ figures as described by Lloyd Baugh and characters from the film Harry Potter and teh Prisoner of Azkaban (film).

Assignment
Your essay must be based on the ideas from ONE of the required readings from classes 2 to 5 as listed in
the course syllabus (i.e., you must pick the reading by Baugh, Jewett & Lawrence, Kupfer, or Wallwork).

Using one of these texts, argue for an original interpretation of a particular film. The list of films from
which you may choose will be decided on by your TA, and emailed to you by the instructor. Please keep
the following points in mind as you develop your interpretation:
a? Your essay should demonstrate a sound understanding of the key elements of the reading, as well
as the ability to put these elements to practical and critical use.
a? Be careful to consider the ways in which the material you use does and does not apply to the film.
a? Do not simply check off items in the reading as you see them manifest in the film (e.g., as you
might if identifying a Christ-figure according to Baughas criteria). Make sure to connect these
items to ideas, values, meanings, etc., being promoted by the film.
a? Remember that a film (or text, or human) can have more than one meaning, and sometimes these
meanings can be (or at least seem) contradictory. Do not shy away from contradiction or
ambiguity if you have evidence to support the existence of these qualities in the film you are
examining.
a? You are encouraged to not use any additional secondary sources for your essay, so that you can
engage the film and the reading entirely on your own. If you do use additional sources, however,
you must provide proper documentation for them.

Essay Writing
Introduction
Generally speakinga and especially in the case of a relatively short essay such as thisa your introductory
paragraph should be as clear and concise as possible. You are strongly advised not to write an
introduction that is longer than half a page (double-spaced).

Thesis
Your thesis should appear somewhere in your introductory paragraph, and should clearly state what you
are trying to argue, and how you are going to make your case. Make sure to clearly identify the theorist
that you are using. Once again, the idea is to use this theorist to develop an original interpretation of the
movie you select. Doing this means going beyond the surface or obvious features of the movie. Paragraphs
Each paragraph must focus on a single idea that refers back to your thesis, and provide evidence to
support that idea. Once again, throughout your essay it is critical that your writing is as clear and concise
as possible. An essay of 1800 words should have at least six paragraphs, not including an introduction and
a conclusion. If you have fewer, then it is very likely that you have two problems: your writing needs to
be more concise, and your overall argument needs to be more fully developed.

Format
Your essay must:
a? Be 1500-2000 words in length;
a? Be double-spaced;
a? Use Times 12-point font;
a? Conform to The Chicago Manual of Style (i.e., for footnotes and bibliography).

Your essay must include:
1. A cover page (see details below);
2. A brief introductory paragraph (containing a clear thesis statement);
3. At least five body paragraphs that present the key points of your analysis in a coherent manner;
4. A concluding paragraph that briefly summarizes the contents of your essay, and offers a few
thoughts on the broader significance of the research you have done;
5. A bibliography (that should only list the one course text thatas required [i.e., by Baugh, or Kupfer,
or etc.]).

Your essay must follow standard academic practice for writing about film:
a? Always use the present tense when describing the action of a film (e.g., a?In the Lion King, Simba
disobeys his father when he travels to the elephant graveyard with Nalaa?);
a? The title of a film must always appear in italics;
a? Do NOT include the film in your bibliography, or use the Chicago Manual of Style to document
your citations of the film; simply quote from the film, or refer to it, in the body of your essay
without providing any source documentation (just like the sentence about Lion King above).