Spongebob Debate Essay

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Lilly DeVoire Klein AP Language and Composition 30 October 2014 The Debate of Spongebob Spongebob is appropriate for children. This show contains pedagogical morals that appeal to the target audience though the characters’ experiences. Also, it relates the characters’ lives to those of the older public to appeal to a wider audience. The target audience learns important lessons from Spongebob. This show teaches children about many things that they need to know. The lessons of sharing, communication, and friendship are taught through Spongebob. The fact that “communication is key” and “[we] shouldn't let little trinket[s]” (Spongebob 132a) get between friendships is vital in the lessons. This lesson reaches the younger children as they learn to share and compromise. They learn that if they talk over issues instead of fight over them, then the closure will come sooner. This show is helping the kids to realize that fights don’t solve problems; understanding and communication do. Also, it reveals to children that toys aren’t everything. The bonds that form friendships should not be broken because of a perishable object. Friendships should be stronger than anything and therefore they should be unbreakable - even in the middle of an argument. Spongebob also guides children to learn responsibility. In this case, it was a reverse psychological lesson on how to be a “responsible pet owner” (Spongebob 131a) and take care of your pet. This episode revealed the truths of pet ownership and how pets can become lonely. Although the little yellow sponge did the wrong thing by getting a monster as a friend for his snail, the overall theses of the experience were clear: do not leave your pet alone all day and give it constant attention. This practice of responsibility is a very beneficial lesson that all kids should learn. It is a positive influence for
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