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Artifact Assignment LSJ 332 Fall 2007 M. Morris Assignment Guidelines Turn in 3 essays (Oct 25, Nov 15, and Dec 6) Identify 1 artifact for each paper and address the following items: Who produced the item and for what audience? Where was it produced, where was it found?

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Artifact Assignment

LSJ 332

Fall 2007

M. Morris


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Assignment Guidelines

  • Turn in 3 essays (Oct 25, Nov 15, and Dec 6)

  • Identify 1 artifact for each paper and address the following items:

    • Who produced the item and for what audience?

    • Where was it produced, where was it found?

    • What message about disability does it convey?

    • How does it fit into one (or more) of the models of disability?


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What is an Artifact

  • Anything in society that portrays disability in some way

  • Examples:

    • Movies

    • TV shows

    • Articles

    • Books

    • Signs

    • Comics

    • Songs

    • Jokes



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About the Artifact

  • What is the artifact…

    • 300

  • Who produced…

    • Frank Miller novel produced by Warner Brothers

  • Where is it found…

    • Any video store near you

  • Who is the audience…

    • General public


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Movie Synopses

  • Spartans are born warriors

    • Infants are examined at birth and if they are found to be undesirable, then they are cast off a cliff

    • Children are taught from a young age to be physically fit and to fight


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  • King Xerxes of the Persians comes and threatens King Leonidas and the Spartans

  • King Leonidas refuses to submit and seeks religious approval from the Ephors and the Oracle to go fight the Persians

  • They do not give a blessing but King Leonidas takes off w/ 300 of the finest men


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  • Battle – bloody and gory and camp out at a cliff

    • The Persians brought in “monsters” to fight

  • King Xerxes brings in the man who has a hunchback and coaxes him to give up the Spartans by offering him women, money and power

  • The man who has a hunchback gives up the Spartans and all 300 die


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  • “300 white guys from a militarist eugenist sexist child-abusing society valiantly defend the narrow pass of Thermopylae against the progressive, racially, ethnically, ability and sexually diverse (albeit power-hungry) Persians in this gorgeously-filmed action-packed bloodfest.”

    • John on http://www.mindonfire.com/?p=568


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  • Portrayal of people with disabilities child-abusing society valiantly defend the narrow pass of Thermopylae against the progressive, racially, ethnically, ability and sexually diverse (albeit power-hungry) Persians in this gorgeously-filmed action-packed bloodfest.”

    • Eugenics

    • Ephors are viewed as greedy, dishonest, and perverse

    • Man with a hunchback is viewed as weak physically (can’t fight in battle) and weak morally (tempted by the enemy with women, money, and power)

      • His weakness is what led to the defeat of the Spartans

    • Any Persian with any physical difference is viewed as a monster that needs to be contained unless fighting against an enemy


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Message of the Artifact child-abusing society valiantly defend the narrow pass of Thermopylae against the progressive, racially, ethnically, ability and sexually diverse (albeit power-hungry) Persians in this gorgeously-filmed action-packed bloodfest.”

  • Message…?

    • Note: Think about who the potential audiences are ie: general public, teens, adults, persons with disabilities…


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  • People w/ disabilities are child-abusing society valiantly defend the narrow pass of Thermopylae against the progressive, racially, ethnically, ability and sexually diverse (albeit power-hungry) Persians in this gorgeously-filmed action-packed bloodfest.”

    • weak and do not have a place in society

    • unable to contribute constructively to society

    • morally corrupt

    • easily tempted by evil

    • can ruin a society


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Application of Models child-abusing society valiantly defend the narrow pass of Thermopylae against the progressive, racially, ethnically, ability and sexually diverse (albeit power-hungry) Persians in this gorgeously-filmed action-packed bloodfest.”

  • How does this fit into the models of disability discussed in class....?

  • Remember the models…

    • Social

    • Personal tragedy

    • Moral

    • Medical


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  • Moral child-abusing society valiantly defend the narrow pass of Thermopylae against the progressive, racially, ethnically, ability and sexually diverse (albeit power-hungry) Persians in this gorgeously-filmed action-packed bloodfest.”

  • Medical


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About the Assignment child-abusing society valiantly defend the narrow pass of Thermopylae against the progressive, racially, ethnically, ability and sexually diverse (albeit power-hungry) Persians in this gorgeously-filmed action-packed bloodfest.”

  • Two pages double spaced or one single spaced

  • Remember your grammar!

  • Place ALL of the required pieces into the essay


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About the Assignment (cont) child-abusing society valiantly defend the narrow pass of Thermopylae against the progressive, racially, ethnically, ability and sexually diverse (albeit power-hungry) Persians in this gorgeously-filmed action-packed bloodfest.”

  • Use at least 3 of the models discussed in class across your 3 essays

    • You do not need to use all of the models, just the ones that apply to your artifact

  • Think about the models in terms of the message(s) of the artifact

  • There are PLENTY of artifacts out there

    • You must choose 3 different mediums (movie, article, etc.) for your 3 essays


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Grading Criteria child-abusing society valiantly defend the narrow pass of Thermopylae against the progressive, racially, ethnically, ability and sexually diverse (albeit power-hungry) Persians in this gorgeously-filmed action-packed bloodfest.”

  • Grammar = 1 pt

  • Who produced/who was the audience = 2 pt

  • Where was it produced/found = 1 pt

  • What message is being conveyed about disability = 3 pt

  • How does it fit into one or more models of disability = 3 pt

  • Total = 10 pt


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