Critical Response to Drama Assignment
Assignment ID Number AFFGEHU83939HD Type of Document Essay Writing Format APA/MLA/Harvard Academic Level Masters/University References/Sources 4 References
Critical Response to Drama Assignment
Professor: Fernando Benavidez
Essay 3: Critical Response to Drama
DUE: MONDAY, APRIL 9TH by midnight
Plays to consider (found in “Materials”): Some elements to consider:
Los Vendidos Characters
Fences Stage Directions
Notes on a Marriage Symbol
Select ONE of the options below as the focus of a 2-3 page essay (500-750 words), which supports a clearly stated thesis. Name the play(s) and the playwright(s) early in your essay, and give a brief synopsis of the play(s) so that the reader knows what you are going to discuss. Also, be sure to mention how each playwright uses at least some of these elements: /characters, setting, speech, action, structure, imagery, and/or symbolism in the plays effectively in your analysis. Remember, the options below are meant as a “starting point.” You must elaborate to analyze.
Your thesis should tell the reader these FOUR things: 1. what you are writing about; 2. which elements you will analyze; 3. why they are important to the meaning of the play/s; and 4. what you think the playwright(s) is/are trying to say about the human condition. DO NOT SPEND THE ENTIRE ESSAY JUST SUMMARIZING THE PLAY.
Think about the meaningfulness of these plays to help guide your analysis. Remember, plays are not to be read in a literal way. Plays are symbolic and meant to “represent” or symbolize something about the human condition. Your job is to analyze what the meaning is in your essay.
*Use at least 1-2 secondary sources to help support your thesis. At least one source should be an academic source (from the library databases). Proper MLA citation and effective integration of quotes from the secondary sources and the story are required. Write authoritatively in the third person; avoid editorializing and using terms such as “I think” and “I believe.” And, do not tell me what you “will do” in the paper. Just analyze the text.
According to DCCC policy, any plagiarized assignment will earn a grade of zero. No exceptions. Be sure that you check grammar and spelling before you submit the essay, too. There should be no fragments, run-ons, or comma splices in your essays, too. Finally, you should always use the Writing Center and “Smarthinking” during your drafting/writing process. View the English Rubric under “Materials” for a general guide for good writing.
OPTIONS (Select ONE):
- Both Mulatto and Fencesare plays that center on the problem of the “color line” and the conflicts dealing with race and representation in the U.S. How do these conflicts play out in each play? Are there any similarities? Are there any differences? What is meaningful about these similarities and differences? What is each playwright trying to say about race or ethnicity?
- How does Los Vendidos treat the topic of “race and representation” (how race/ethnicity is represented in the plays) compared to Mulatto? What are the similarities and/or differences? You may discuss tragic elements and comedic elements as well as character, language, and dialect to analyze the topic of race/ethnicity and how it is represented in each play, respectively. What is each playwright trying to say about race or ethnicity?
- Trifles presents us with the subject of gender (in)equality. How does the play do this and what are the outcomes? What do you think Glaspell is trying to tell us about gender roles? You may use an analysis of setting, character, language, action, and/or theme to address this option.
- All four plays raise questions about human nature without providing clear answers. Choose TWO plays and discuss what aspects of human nature are explored, what the consequences are, and what the plays expect audiences to learn about human nature. What is the playwright trying to say?
- All five plays explore the hardships of change (in our society, in our beliefs, in our culture, in our relationships, etc.) Choose TWO plays and discuss how the hardships of change shape the story. How do the playwrights explore these changes? Defend your choice with specific details and an analysis of some dramatic elements.
- Discuss and compare the significance of stage directions and exposition in Fences and Trifles. How does each playwright use stage directions effectively to reveal meaning in both plays?
- Discuss and analyze whatever element(s) you like about any one play. This option is open for you to interpret however you like, but your thesis must be clear.
*Remember, I DO NOT want to know what happens in the play(s). I obviously already know this. Instead, I want to know what you think the playwright is trying to say about gender and the human condition, about the “color line,” or race, and the human condition, about womanhood or gender, or change and the human condition, or anything else that analyzes (NOT summarizes) the plays in terms of what they say about the human condition.
*Consult the “English Rubric” posted in the “Materials” tab for a good idea of what constitutes an “Excellent” essay. Read the “First Draft Revision Checklist” handout.
QUALITY OF RESPONSE NO RESPONSE POOR / UNSATISFACTORY SATISFACTORY GOOD EXCELLENT Content (worth a maximum of 50% of the total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 20 points out of 50: The essay illustrates poor understanding of the relevant material by failing to address or incorrectly addressing the relevant content; failing to identify or inaccurately explaining/defining key concepts/ideas; ignoring or incorrectly explaining key points/claims and the reasoning behind them; and/or incorrectly or inappropriately using terminology; and elements of the response are lacking. 30 points out of 50: The essay illustrates a rudimentary understanding of the relevant material by mentioning but not full explaining the relevant content; identifying some of the key concepts/ideas though failing to fully or accurately explain many of them; using terminology, though sometimes inaccurately or inappropriately; and/or incorporating some key claims/points but failing to explain the reasoning behind them or doing so inaccurately. Elements of the required response may also be lacking. 40 points out of 50: The essay illustrates solid understanding of the relevant material by correctly addressing most of the relevant content; identifying and explaining most of the key concepts/ideas; using correct terminology; explaining the reasoning behind most of the key points/claims; and/or where necessary or useful, substantiating some points with accurate examples. The answer is complete. 50 points: The essay illustrates exemplary understanding of the relevant material by thoroughly and correctly addressing the relevant content; identifying and explaining all of the key concepts/ideas; using correct terminology explaining the reasoning behind key points/claims and substantiating, as necessary/useful, points with several accurate and illuminating examples. No aspects of the required answer are missing. Use of Sources (worth a maximum of 20% of the total points). Zero points: Student failed to include citations and/or references. Or the student failed to submit a final paper. 5 out 20 points: Sources are seldom cited to support statements and/or format of citations are not recognizable as APA 6th Edition format. There are major errors in the formation of the references and citations. And/or there is a major reliance on highly questionable. The Student fails to provide an adequate synthesis of research collected for the paper. 10 out 20 points: References to scholarly sources are occasionally given; many statements seem unsubstantiated. Frequent errors in APA 6th Edition format, leaving the reader confused about the source of the information. There are significant errors of the formation in the references and citations. And/or there is a significant use of highly questionable sources. 15 out 20 points: Credible Scholarly sources are used effectively support claims and are, for the most part, clear and fairly represented. APA 6th Edition is used with only a few minor errors. There are minor errors in reference and/or citations. And/or there is some use of questionable sources. 20 points: Credible scholarly sources are used to give compelling evidence to support claims and are clearly and fairly represented. APA 6th Edition format is used accurately and consistently. The student uses above the maximum required references in the development of the assignment. Grammar (worth maximum of 20% of total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 5 points out of 20: The paper does not communicate ideas/points clearly due to inappropriate use of terminology and vague language; thoughts and sentences are disjointed or incomprehensible; organization lacking; and/or numerous grammatical, spelling/punctuation errors 10 points out 20: The paper is often unclear and difficult to follow due to some inappropriate terminology and/or vague language; ideas may be fragmented, wandering and/or repetitive; poor organization; and/or some grammatical, spelling, punctuation errors 15 points out of 20: The paper is mostly clear as a result of appropriate use of terminology and minimal vagueness; no tangents and no repetition; fairly good organization; almost perfect grammar, spelling, punctuation, and word usage. 20 points: The paper is clear, concise, and a pleasure to read as a result of appropriate and precise use of terminology; total coherence of thoughts and presentation and logical organization; and the essay is error free. Structure of the Paper (worth 10% of total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 3 points out of 10: Student needs to develop better formatting skills. The paper omits significant structural elements required for and APA 6th edition paper. Formatting of the paper has major flaws. The paper does not conform to APA 6th edition requirements whatsoever. 5 points out of 10: Appearance of final paper demonstrates the student’s limited ability to format the paper. There are significant errors in formatting and/or the total omission of major components of an APA 6th edition paper. They can include the omission of the cover page, abstract, and page numbers. Additionally the page has major formatting issues with spacing or paragraph formation. Font size might not conform to size requirements. The student also significantly writes too large or too short of and paper 7 points out of 10: Research paper presents an above-average use of formatting skills. The paper has slight errors within the paper. This can include small errors or omissions with the cover page, abstract, page number, and headers. There could be also slight formatting issues with the document spacing or the font Additionally the paper might slightly exceed or undershoot the specific number of required written pages for the assignment. 10 points: Student provides a high-caliber, formatted paper. This includes an APA 6th edition cover page, abstract, page number, headers and is double spaced in 12’ Times Roman Font. Additionally, the paper conforms to the specific number of required written pages and neither goes over or under the specified length of the paper.
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