Visual Text Essay?

I have had lots of essays from Year 11 to grade but I don’t know if this one is going in the right direction …

Some important themes demonstrated in the television programme SpongeBob SquarePants are friendship, forgiveness and the importance of enjoying oneself. Stephen Hillenberg has used the town of Bikini Bottom as a setting to portray SpongeBob’s child-like innocence, which is key to making the viewer recognise the presence of these themes in SpongeBob himself. The sparing use of song is intended to particularly emphasise these themes in SpongeBob SquarePants.

The theme of enjoying oneself is effectively portrayed when SpongeBob sings the ‘FUN’ song, to teach Plankton what fun really is. “F is for friends who do stuff together,” SpongeBob is explaining to the audience and to Plankton what he believes fun is all about, simultaneously demonstrating that enjoying oneself is closely linked to friendship, another important theme of the show. The next lines “U is for you and me” and “N is for anywhere and anytime at all,” refers to the fact that true friends will always be there for each other and that SpongeBob himself views this as a vital element of ‘fun’.

Thanks Julia, you brightened up my marking pile!


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