Carmen D. Siering's Essay 'Taking A Bit Out Of Twilight'

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Comparing Argumentative Essays Every argument has factors that make it good or a bad. Some arguments are simply better than others. This essay is a comparison of two essays and their argumentative points. The essays “Taking a Bite out of Twilight” by Carmen D. Siering, a piece written on Siering’s point of view that Twilight doesn’t support feminism by the characteristics of the main character Bella and “The Smurfette Principle” by Katha Pollitt, a piece written about the “stories” being given to young children by media films, books, and how their characters are mostly male today, are being analyzed. The arguments made by both authors were seemingly good. Siering’s argument was decent, with her opinions and ideas she’s drawn from the material, though she doesn’t provide definite support of the information as to why Twilight’s character Bell is anti-feminist. Pollitt’s…show more content…
The author should provide support that back’s their argument’s claim whether it is statistical information, personal observations, testimonials, etc. When looking at each other’s support provided to back their claims, Siering lacks the depth that Pollitt provides her readers. Siering, uses mostly personal backing for her argument, a lot of opinions and statements drawn from her idea of Bella for example, “Edward isn’t just protective, though, but often over-protective of Bella, and in this way their relationship should serve as a cautionary tale for young women” (Siering 440). Pollitt, uses examples of today’s media that prove her idea that most media characters are all-male. For example, the female characters are those such as Kanga, the only female in Winnie-the-Pooh, Piggy, the only female in The Muppets, and April, the only female Teen-Age Mutant Ninja Turtles. While Siering provides example such as that Stephanie Meyers, author of Twilight, maybe created Bella as a reflection of her choices in

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