After watching the "Water Park" episode of Malcolm in the Middle, write an
essay that answers the following questions.
1. Integrity is an extremely interesting concept. When we use it to refer to a building or
a bridge, we are referring to structural issues: the building or bridge's ability to
withstand not only normal uses but also extreme circumstances: storms,
earthquakes, and floods, for example. When we use this term to describe people, we
can mean their ability to maintain their moral standards even in the face of
temptation. What is your definition of integrity?
2. Using your definition of integrity, analyze the following parts of the episode:
a) Hal and Lois's decision to procure a babysitter--any babysitter--for Dewey so that
they can have fun at the park.
b) Hal's decision to smuggle a pint of rum into the park.
c) Hal and Lois's decision to ignore their two sons and concentrate on each other.
d) The behavior of the attendant at the top (entry point) of the monster water ride.
e) The decision by Francis and Spangler to deliberately lose each game of pool that
they play against each other.
f) The fact that after the elderly babysitter is taken away via ambulance, both the
emergency medical technicians and the neighbors fail to realize that Dewey has
been left home alone.
Guidelines: Use the following guidelines for this assignment
1. Use a minimum of 700 words
2. The essay must be typed, double-spaced, and follow MLA format
3. Proofread carefully
4. The material included in the Perspective and Interaction sections of each module is
intended to provide you information and to give you issues to think about. These
overviews are not intended to be used to help you complete your essay. In other
words, please use the ideas from the overviews, but do not use their language. As
well, do not use any outside research or information when completing this
assignment. I am interested in what you have to say.
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