Write a short response (ideally 1.5-2 pages double-spaced, 12-point font) that takes a strong position on the following question and uses effective analysis of quoted
Who is the most complex character in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night?
Write a 4-6 page paper on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream or The Streetcar Named Desire”, you will need to find and use 3 good, credible outside sources such magazines, journals, or library databases. You will need to develop a literary argument (a claim and your own thesis).
Prompts to choose from:
1. Consider the argument from Krieger that A Midsummer Night’s Dream represents violence in forms of artful spectacle, with lovers who dramatize the power of literary and aristocratic modes of authority (over passion/desire). And Louis Montrose, as stated by McEvoy, finds the play’s comedy about “the containment of challenges to the symbolic and actual power of men over women.” How do such claims affect your understanding and response, or to Shakespeare’s comedies in general?
2. Does Puck’s epilogue, where he claims that the audience may consider the play but a dream, resolve the problematic relations between dreams and waking reality? How does it respond to Theseus’s perspective on theatrical representations? Explain.
3. Hippolyta was an Amazon, women warriors famous in Elizabethan literature for subduing male heroes, practicing infanticide on male offspring, and even murdering husbands to maintain their power. Queen Elizabeth was popularly known as the “Virgin Queen,” a powerful monarch who remained unmarried despite pressure from subjects early in her reign who wanted to see her wedded (perhaps subject to at least one man) and bedded (to produce an heir). Consider the play’s treatment of women, their power, their chastity or sexual behavior etc. Theseus, for example, tells Hermia she may either wed Demetrius, die, or “live a barren sister” (1.1.72) among other chaste women.
4. Tennessee Williams wrote that he originally intended for Blanche to be the most sympathetic character in A Streetcar Named Desire. In a well-reasoned and well-developed essay, argue whether or not he succeeded. Be certain to include a discussion of how Williams manages to create audience sympathy for her or why she ultimately loses that sympathy.
5. In a well-developed essay, explore interactions of the three central characters–Stella, Stanley, and Blanche–in terms of the functioning of the id, ego, and superego. Do the three combine to form a psychologically healthy individual? Why or why not? Be certain to support all of your arguments with direct references to the text.
6. Support, refute, or qualify the thesis that the plot structure and events and the development of the character of Blanche DuBois all support an interpretation of A Streetcar Named Desire as a tragedy.
Students will design the scenery, costumes, lighting, and audio for a conceptual (ie: imagined) production of Hamlet. They will create a presentation package (PowerPoint or equivalent) that will include – at minimum:
Research images (at least 10 – approximately 3 images per area of design discipline)
Basic groundplan drawing of the scenic layout
Character collages or renderings of three (3) costumes looks (ie: 1 look each for 3 characters)
A list of basic, descriptive lighting cues, including the general look of the cue (ie: how the stage will appear in that lighting)
One (1) audio file – music or environmental – to be used for preshow and/or intermission
The essay must compare how shakespeare literature of “A midsummer nights dream” has similar or the same elements to classical
mythology. Does it try to teach us any morals? Does it relate specifically to one mythological story or just a section of mythology in
general? Is it formatted the same as the Greek or Roman would format their stories or is it a new way of telling the same things mythology tries to get across in their stories? Does it portray the idea of Gods, Deities or a higher power?
it would be good to compare the movie to a mithological greek or roman story that can show some similar themes or morals/teachings.
Talk about how Order and Rebelion is portrayed against destiney. How characters attempt to forge their own path and how supernatural ffForces interfier with mortals etc…
Your final paper should contain the following elements:
Length: 4-pages double spaced (not including title page!) It can be longer but not shorter than 4 pages!
Presentation: typed, double-spaced, 12-point font, standard margins, title-page
Style: standard English grammar, spelling, and syntax
Organization: information should be structured and presented in a clear and readable manner
Analysis: course concepts have been understood and effectively applied
Your paper must contain references to your source material. It doesn’t matter if you’re paraphrasing or providing a direct quotation,
still indicate where the information came from. This particular assignment should only contain three types of references:
1) references to the textbook can be given in parenthetical form, ex. (Maurizio p. 100)
2) references to specific parts of the chosen film can be indicated by the timecode, ex. (The Hobbit 1:02)
3) references to material from the lectures, ex. (Module 3.2).
NB: No bibliography or “works cited” is required at the end of your paper.
Assignment 5: For this assignment, in preparation for Documented Research Essay 2, you will find two-three (2-3) scholarly journal articles based on Shakespeare’s Henry V.
Use the Essex County College library’s databases, such as the Literature Online (ProQuest), to search for scholarly journal articles that are: (1) specifically about Henry V; (2) scholarly and peer-reviewed.
Try typing in the title of the play or character and/or author and a major theme as search terms:
EX: Henry V and Shakespeare OR Henry V and Machiavelli
Articles will come up. Read the first page or two to ensure that the articles are relevant to your chosen theme. Write a paragraph or two explaining why you think these articles are relevant to your paper. Did reading the articles make you change your mind about anything? Do you disagree with the articles at any point?
Then, follow the steps in the PDF “Steps to Finding Scholarly Journal Articles Using Literary Databases.” Then, copy and paste the citations onto the page below your paragraph and format them per MLA style (12 pt. font, double-spaced, etc.). See the visual example below.
When you have completed the assignment, save a copy for yourself in an easily accessible place and submit a copy to your instructor using Moodle.
Step 1. Read my sonnet assignment. Watch the video recordings on the sonnets (there are two).
Then answer the prompt
In your own opinion, does the sonnet sequence as a whole tell a coherent story? If so, what is it? If not, why not? Use evidence from your sonnet (the one you annotated) to back up your answer, but feel free to use other sonnets too. (If you use other sonnets only use the ones in the attachment that says Unit 03) DO not references outside of youtube videos.
What This Assignment Is NOT:
The assignment is not a plot summary of the literary work (a paraphrase of what happens or an explanation of what the text “is about”). Your paper will earn no more than 65% if you write a plot summary.
This assignment is not a historical paper. You can refer to historical context if you think you need to for your ideas to be clear, but the main focus of the paper must be an analysis of the literature that supports your thesis statement.
This assignment is not a research paper. You need to work with your own ideas. Do not include any sources other than the literature you are analyzing.
What This Assignment IS:
You are trying to show your professor that you know and understand the literary works about which you choose to write. You may write about the literature included in Modules 3 and 4. Additionally, you need to take what you learned in Module 2 into consideration as you write.
Consider only these literary periods:
The Renaissance (Shakespeare’s sonnets #18, 29 and 130; “Is This a Dagger I See before Me” from Macbeth; “To Be or not to Be” from Hamlet)
The Enlightenment (Tartuffe by Molière; Candide by Voltaire)
Choose one author’’s work. You may not use authors or texts that are not assigned in the lessons.
Then, choose one of the themes in the list below. Do not try to combine them. To be effective, the theme must be working throughout the text you chose in Step 2.
Themes for Essay #1 (Choose 1):
Write at least 2 to 3 full pages of analysis. If you don’’t reach the bottom of page 2 (following the layout requirements), your paper is not developed enough and will lose credit.
Do not use secondary sources. Use your own ideas and the works you are analyzing, not something you found on the Internet or anywhere else except your own head. You may use links provided for historical background, etc. However, be sure you are using only the links in the course. It’’s all too easy to go from a link on a web page in the course to a different web page outside the course. Make sure you treat those linked web pages in the course like the sources they are, with signal phrases that identify the title of the web page, quotation or paraphrase from the web page, and a parenthetical citation (use paragraph numbers for a website even if that means you have to count the paragraphs yourself). Outside sources will lower your grade.
Introduce all source material (quotations and paraphrases) adequately with a signal phrase rather than “dropping” them into the paper with no introduction. You should provide a signal phrase before each quotation or paraphrase, giving some context for the quotation.
Use parenthetical citations for all source material. Keep in mind that different genres required different information in the parenthetical citations. Follow MLA requirements for parenthetical notation as shown in the template section below.
MLA-style documentation requires a Works Cited. Start your Works Cited on a new page after your essay. Include all the sources you used in your essay.
If your professor requires an Honor Code at the end of your paper, see the syllabus for the correct wording.
Directions for Writing the Essay Draft:
Follow your professor’’s paper layout requirements.
Write a thesis statement that includes the title of the literary work and the theme you chose from the list. The work is the subject of the paper, and the theme is the “point” you are making about the subject. Make sure that the theme/point is in the thesis. Don’’t make your professor guess! Putting the theme in the title of your paper does not replace the requirement for putting the theme in your thesis statement.
Make a chronological list of the quotations that support the thesis statement. (You must use quotations. Paraphrases are OK as long as you use mostly quotations and don’’t forget to document the paraphrases, too.) This list is a planning step that will help ensure that your thesis is well-supported. Note the information you will need to write parenthetical citations for each quotation (see the Basic Requirements below). It’s usually best to keep the list in chronological order, discussing the text from beginning to end. As you write your draft, you can refer in later portions of the essay to something you wrote earlier in the essay if necessary. If the theme is true for the literary work in question, you will be able to see quotations throughout the text, not just in one spot.
Create a title for your essay. It should include the theme on which you are working.
Write an introductory paragraph for your essay. The first part of the introduction should include the author’’s full name and the title of the text, properly formatted (“identification”). (Note: Later in the essay, you can refer to the author by last name only, but never by first name only.) Make sure you format the title of the text properly. This leading part of the paragraph should introduce and logically lead up to your thesis statement, which should end your introduction.
Write the body paragraphs for your essay, supporting your chosen theme as it applies to the literary work. Incorporate quotations from your list as you go along, still in chronological order. The quotations are the “facts” in your essay that support your ideas. You may paraphrase, but quotations are stronger support. As you write, set up your source material (quotations and any paraphrases) well: start with a signal phrase, followed by the source material, followed by the parenthetical citation, followed by your interpretation, where you explain how the quotation or paraphrase helps support the topic sentence of the paragraph or the thesis statement. Do not go on to a new idea, new source material, or a new paragraph without providing interpretation.
Write a concluding paragraph that brings your essay to a logical close. Don’t just repeat everything you already wrote. You can restate, but keep in mind that restating something means saying it in a complete different way. Make sure you have a real paragraph (at least two sentences), not just one sentence.
Write a Works Cited page following MLA documentation requirements.
Here are some themes found in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet:
Pick one theme to write about and use textual evidence from the play to show what literary devices are used to demonstrate the theme in the play. Please pick only ONE theme and ONE literary device.
You will be writing this response in proper MLA format, including a Works Cited page.
Your essay should include an introductory paragraph with a thesis statement, a series of body paragraphs that include your evidence and explanations, and lastly, a full conclusion.
Note the characterization of King Henry. In the earlier Henry the Fourth plays by Shakespeare, Henry was the fun-loving prince Hal, who hung out with “low-life” characters (Falstaff, Bardolph, Mistress Quickly, etc.), and seemed unlikely to develop into a responsible ruler (remember the flashbacks in the 1989 adaptation). Look for references to his interactions with and the comments and behavior of his old friends Falstaff, Bardolph and Mistress Quickly and the French Dauphin’s low opinion of him. Henry’s past provides a stark contrast to his present role as King.
Write a one to one-and-a-half (1 – 1.5) page paper with a clear thesis, body paragraphs, and conclusion in which you discuss whether you think Henry’s wild young days are an advantage or a disadvantage to him becoming an effective ruler. Use one or two direct quotes from the play, properly formatted and cited, to support your paper.
USE STANDARD MLA STYLE (see “MLA Style Sheet for Essays and Assignments” and “MLA Style Sheet for Quoting Shakespeare” under Class Information).
Always create your own title for your assignment (do not call it Assignment 3 or Henry V) and double-space all writing.
DRAW SPECIFICALLY FROM THE TEXT FOR YOUR QUOTES. DO NOT REFERENCE OUTSIDE SOURCES (Google, Wikipedia, student guides, encyclopedias, dictionaries, etc.). DO NOT PLAGIARIZE. Plagiarism results in an “F” on the paper, and the paper and it cannot be re-done. A second instance of plagiarism results in automatic failure of the course.
When you have completed the assignment, save a copy for yourself in an easily accessible place and submit a copy through Moodle.