This assignment asks you to provide a critical analysis of \”Nurse Jackie and the politics of care\” by identifying McHugh\’s central claims, analyzing her use of evidence and logical reasoning, and assessing the conclusion she reaches about the significance and value of this particular television representation of nursing in the context of the long history of problematic portrayals of nurses in the media that she reviews in the first part of her article. These questions are designed to help you generate ideas to use in your analysis and response,
PLEASE MAKE SURE TO FOLLOW THE QUESTIONS.
1. What is McHugh\’s topic? What audience is she addressing? (Check the publication source). What is her purpose in writing this article for her particular readers? What stance (attitude/approach) does McHugh take about her subject? (For example, does she treat her topic seriously, as a matter of significant concern to everyone, or to members of a particular group? Does she seem to have a personal engagement with her subject? Does she present both sides of an argument in a balanced manner, or does she align herself with one point of view? Does she use an objective academic tone, or is her use of language more emotional or subjective?)
2. What does she seem to assume that her readers already know or think about her topic? Do you think her assumptions are correct? Does she assume that her readers are familiar with the theory and politics of media representation that inform her analysis? Does she assume that her readers are nurses? (You might want to consider her professional status, and think about whether her academic background qualifies her to write about this particular topic for her specific audience. What challenges might she face in persuading her readers?)
3. What is McHugh\’s thesis (the central argument or point she is making)? Does she put forward a single argument, several different arguments, or an argument with several aspects? Does her argument seem valid and coherent? Are there any internal contradictions or logical reasoning errors? Do you note any examples of gaps in her reasoning, or any logical fallacies (ad hominem attack, slippery slope, red herring, etc.)? Does her analysisseem fair, balanced, and accurate? Does it seem well-informed and carefully researched? Do her arguments establish her conclusion? Does she support her claims with evidence and examples? Does she use evidence that is relevant and recent?
4. How does she approach writing about her topic? How is the article organized and sub-divided? (Check for sub-headings, transitions between claims, and other indications of organization and structure.) Do you find this structure logical and sound? Does the article seem to put forward a coherent analysis, or would it be more effective if it was structured in a different manner?
5. How does McHugh use diction (word choices) and other aspects of language, such as tone? Does this article reflect the conventions of academic writing?
6.How does McHugh use rhetorical modes (patterns) of development, such as narration, description, chronology, cause-and-effect reasoning, comparison/contrast, or definition? Are these patterns used effectively to support her analysis and argument?
7. Does McHugh aim to persuade her readers through the use of logical reasoning? By appeals to their ethical or shared professional values? By provoking their emotional responses? (In arhetorical analysis these are called, respectively, logos, ethos, and pathos. All can be valid strategies, but academic writing is typically most dependent on logos (logical reasoning) to make a case.)
Organizing and Writing the Analysis
Your critical analysis should be written in the form an essay, with an introduction, coherent and unified body paragraphs (including topic sentences and logical transitions between paragraphs), and a conclusion. Your introduction will need a thesis: your concise assessment of how effectively McHugh supports her argument with logical reasoning and evidence.
Include some attention to her rhetorical situation: her purpose in writing this article and her intended audience (readers). In your second paragraph you should provide a succinct summary of McHugh\’s central claims: what are her arguments, and how does she formulate them? Your subsequent paragraphs should provide an analysis of the validity of her arguments that evaluates strengths and checks for gaps in logical reasoning, unsupported assertions, and/or logical fallacies. Is this a persuasive argument for her particular readers?
Consider how her argument is structured and organized: do her claims build upon one another? Is her use of evidence appropriate for her topic and approach? Think about whether there are any biases that need to be considered. Your concluding paragraph should sum up your overall impression of the article\’s strengths in logic and argument; if you have criticisms, you could note how the article could be improved in one or more ways.
Your conclusion can also incorporate your own personal response to the article and, more broadly, to McHugh\’s topic. Do you think this is a significant subject for nursing professionals? Does McHugh\’s analysis align with your own views? Are there aspects of this topic that she neglected to analyze that you think are important? Do you think that television representations of nurses have an impact on how nurses are viewed by the public and by other health care professionals?
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