Intro to Causal Analysis
Causality: the relationship of cause and effect
Causal Analysis systematically examines the causes and/or the effects of an event, situation, belief, or action.
- Cause asks: Why did it happen? Why does it happen? Why will it happen?
- Effect asks: What did it produce? What does it produce? What will it produce? By carefully analyzing …
A Causal Analysis essay gives you a precise way to ask tough questions about the world you live in. Everyday the news is full of issues that raise why and what if questions. Instead of focusing on the whole of an issue, focus down on why something happens or what the effect is of something happening.
For example: Instead of focusing on the death penalty which has a ton of information to sort through once you begin researching. The causal analysis assignment focuses the inquiry into causes and effects: Why was the death penalty reinstated in Texas in 1982? Or, what has the deterrent effect been since then?
The causal analysis gives you a line of inquiry to pursue, that is central to understanding the argument and arguing well. In this way, the assignment asks you to develop rhetorical skills, in particular logical thinking, the supporting of explanations with evidence, and the ability to explain the “story” of cause and effect to an audience.
For this assignment, you will pick a monster to investigate more in-depth.
Here is the infamous shower scene from Psycho (1960)
While this scene is iconic, the movie is based on a real person: Ed Gein.
Ed Gein Documentary
Causality and Ed Gein
What causes led to Ed Gein becoming a monster? After watching the documentary, you will have a lot of information to choose from. Write down what you think are the three main reasons/causes that led to Ed Gein becoming a monster.
- Cause 1 – ____________________________
- Cause 2 – ____________________________
- Cause 3 – ____________________________
- Event/Monster – Ed Gein the Monster
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