Choose one of the plays from the reading list in your syllabus (i.e., Ives’s Sure Thing, Sophocles’s Antigone, Williams’s The Glass Menagerie, Hwang’s M. Butterfly, or Valdez’s Los Vendidos)
Description: Choose one of the plays from the reading list in your syllabus (i.e., Ives’s Sure Thing, Sophocles’s Antigone, Williams’s The Glass Menagerie, Hwang’s M. Butterfly, or Valdez’s Los Vendidos). Once you have chosen a play, compose an essay about that piece, focusing your argument on one of the following aspects of the dramatic genre:
Imagery and Symbolism
Setting and Atmosphere
Your essay must include both a thesis which argues your particular claim about the play as well as well-chosen and detailed supporting evidence (i.e., incorporated quotations from the text) to help reinforce your thesis.
Also, to help build the content of your essay, as well as familiarize yourself with researched writing, you will be required to use at least 3 secondary sources in your paper. While you may use online sources in your paper, two of your 3 required secondary sources must be academic sources (e.g., peer-reviewed journals, biographies of the author, scholarly book-length studies, etc.).
Preparation: Review chapters 16-19 for specific discussions of the different aspects of reading and writing about drama, and read chapter 5 for information on researched writing.
Assessment: Your grade will derive from your ability to argue a clear claim/thesis, to support that thesis with specific details and quotations taken from the text, to incorporate secondary sources into your writing, and to organize your thoughts in a way that helps your reader clearly understand your argument. Excellent papers will contain originality and demonstrate critical thought.
Requirements: You should submit an essay 4 full pages in length, typed and double-spaced. All paper options must use Times New Roman font in 12-pt size. Format your paper according to MLA guidelines.
Due Dates: The rough draft is due Wednesday, April 16th
The final draft packet is due Wednesday, April 23rd
|Academic Level||College (1-2 years: Freshmen, Sophomore)|
|Number of Pages||4 Page(s)/1100 words|