In this assignment you will come to terms with a chunk of a play, and demonstrate your insights in a short, well-constructed essay. You will take a 15-30 line section, selected from Taming of the Shrew, Comedy of Errors, or Richard III, and address four main questions:
Your actual 3-5-page essay begins with part 2), as you briefly indicate what the passage does--how it fits into the play as a whole (with respect to plot, character, theme, dramatic effect, and/or image, as appropriate)--and discuss how it works at the level of language. Quickly walk us through the passage, commenting and highlighting as you go, and delve more deeply where indicated. What insights does your analysis furnish into the themes, images, and patterns the play presents? Is this a pivotal moment in the play for some reason? Does it tell us something particularly significant about a character or event or interaction? If you like, you may deftly make connections to other plays, but you must maintain your focus on the passage.
Above all, your essay must be coherent, promote a clear thesis, and feature solid development--it has to hang together as an essay. Proofread for grammar and spelling You may address issues of staging or acting, but your paper must focus at some length on Shakespeare's use of language. Show you know what characters are saying and doing (not to mention how they're saying or doing), and enjoy the opportunity to share and refine your insights.