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Coyote V. Acme
Transcript of Coyote V. Acme
By: Amber, Jen, Jake, Mike
- a comic piece of writing that mocks the characteristics of a literary form, specific work, or the style of a certain writer.
- writing that ridicules the faults of individuals, groups, institutions, or humanity in general.
: Mr. Coyote has to prove that the Acme Company's products resulted in Mr. Coyote's injuries.
This is a Humorous Essay that uses a 1950s cartoon to make a point about the American Legal System.
Background of Essay
parody: a comic piece of writing that mocks the characteristics of a literary form, a specific work, or the style of a certain writer.
satire: writing that ridicules the faults of individuals, groups, institutions, or humanity in general
To analyze cause and effect, look for words and phrases such as subsequently and resulted in that signal those relationships
tone: attitude toward the subject matter or reader
purpose: to inform, persuade, tell a story, convey a sense of place, or to analyze an idea
essay: a brief nonfiction work about a specific subject
formal essay: analyzes public issues or philosophical topics in a serious tone
informal essay: explores everyday topics in a casual, conversational way
persuasive essay: convinces readers to accept his or her opinion or take a course of action
descriptive essay: uses sensory details to present a portrait of a person, place, or thing
expository essay: the writer explains an issue or process
satirical essay: uses irony, ridicule, sarcasm, or a parody to comment on a topic
Focus on Literary Forms
Born in 1951 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Graduated from Harvard University in 1973.
Worked as a staff writer for The New York magazine.
Known for writing about humorous essays and affectionate descriptions of rural and urban America.
Received the Thurber Prize for America Humor and the 1990 Spur Award for Best Nonfiction from Western Writers of America.
Ian Frazier, The Author
Ian Frazier takes a humorous approach as he discusses the American legal system through his essay, "Coyote vs. Acme."
The Plaintiff: Wile E. Coyote
The Defendant: Acme Company
The Plaintiff is "seeking compensation for personal injuries, loss of business income, and mental suffering caused as a direct result of the actions and/or gross negligence of said company."
- "...Under Title 15 of the United States Code, Chapter 47, section 2072, subsection (a), relating to product liability."
Coyote's evidence: sale slips, paragraph 1 of physician reports detailing the Plaintiff's injuries, the Acme Company catalog, and the Acme Spring Powered Shoes
My client, Mr. Wile E. Coyote, a resident of Arizona and
states, does hereby bring suit for damages against the Acme Company, manufacturer and retail distributor of assorted merchandise,
attempted to follow this maneuver…
The sequence of collisions resulted in
physical damage to Mr. Coyote…
Contiguous- bordering; adjacent
Incorporated- united or combined to function legally as a business.
Vigorously- forcefully or powerful
Systemic- of or affecting the entire bodily system
A rare and painful condition which caused Mr. Coyote to expand upward and contract downward alternately as he walked, and to
an off-key accordion-like wheezing with every step.
Mr. Coyote respectfully requests that the Court regard these larger economic implications and assess
damages in the amount of seventeen million dollars.
the Rocket Skates
"I really like pieces where you start at the beginning, and as you get farther and farther yo realize this person has no idea what he's talking about." -Ian Frazier
"The Defendant has used its market advantage to the detriment of the consumer"
- The Acme Company "sells products attached with jet engines but with little provision for passenger safety."
Despite this however, Wile E. Coyote has no other source of supply for to aid him in his career of hunting his prey.
If the jury rewards Coyote with he has asked for, they will "reaffirm the right of the individual predator to equal protection under the law."
Literary Analysis cont.
Ian Frazier, the author of "Coyote vs. Acme", is making fun of America's legal system.
He portrays Wile E. Coyote as a real person who is filing a case against a big company (Acme).
Through this essay, Frazier is showing how the negligence and greed of big companies take advantage of its consumers, and are not taking the correct procedures to ensure the ultimate safety for it's consumers.
The essay also informs readers of how they should be cautious when dealing with purchasing any manufactured items, and making sure that the item they have purchased is safe to use.
Satire in Coyote vs. Acme
Emit- send out or give forth
Punitive- punishing or having to do with punishment
1. As you read the attorney's statement, did you sympathize with Wile E. Coyote? Why or why not?
2a. What happens to Wile E. Coyote's forelimbs when he uses the rocket sled?
2b. What details in this essay suggest that Wile E. Coyote is a cartoon character?
3a. How often does Wile E. Coyote buy products from the Acme Company?
3b. Find Evidence to Explain why he maintains this relationship with Acme, despite the outcomes he has faced with their products
4a. What action is Wile E. Coyote seeking from the court?
4b. If you were a member of the jury in this case, what would your verdict be?