Ideological Criticism Paper

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Ideological Criticism Analysis Description of Artifact – The artifact I chose was Zach Wahls speech on his two lesbian parents, and how his life was growing up in a same sex household. I chose this speech because I want to share my aspects of the speech using the ideological analysis. Description of Critical Method- Ideology is a term of beliefs that determines a group’s interpretations of some aspects of the world. It is also a mental framework, the language, concepts, categories, imagery of thought, and systems of representation that a group deploys to make sense of and define the world or some aspect of it. There are four steps to analyzing the artifact using ideological criticism: 1. identifying the Artifact, 2. identifying the suggested elements, 3. Formulating the ideology; and 4. identifying the functions served by the ideology. Research Question- My research question is “Can a LGBT couple’s child, be raised and live in normal society?” Procedure for Anaylsis- As I mentioned earlier in the description of critical method, there are four steps to analyzing the artifact using ideological criticism: 1. identifying the Artifact, 2. identifying the suggested elements, 3. Formulating the ideology; and 4. identifying the functions served by the ideology. Step 1: Identifying the Artifact- My artifact is the speech Zac Wahls gave in front if Iowa legislators urging them not to pass a constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage and civil unions in that state. Step 2: Identifying the suggested elements- The speech present things such as the speaker’s character and his experience on gay marriage how it’s not any different from a heterosexual marriage. "In my 19 years, not once have I ever been confronted by an individual who realized independently that I was raised by a gay couple," said Wahls. "And you know why? Because the sexual

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