Project #211329 - A Midsummer Nights Dream - analysis 4 pages double spaced

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Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 11/13/2017

research, analytical, and focused formal paper.

Write about one or two of the plays from Weeks 1, 2 and 3 (MND, AYL, MfM).  In your introduction and/or conclusion, you can mention other pertinent texts if you wish, but your thesis for paper 1 should focus on one or two of the plays we read during weeks 1, 2, and 3.

Integrate information and/or a claim or claims from at least TWO secondary sources from the following in-class locations:

Introduction to Shakespeare and Early Modern England

The Weeks 1, 2, and 3 Learning Resources 

Secondary sources I mention and provide links for in my discussion posts and in announcements

Articles such as Cressy's, Howard's, Oestreich-Hart's, Pearson's, and Rieger's in "Suggested Articles for Annotated Bibliography" in the Course Resources section of the classroom

Articles on MND and MfM included in the Shakespeare resources at the British Library online:  see the list of articles at

On secondary sources, see

Present an analysis, not a summary.  Include a thesis in your introduction.  Begin each body paragraph with a topic sentence, and compose well-developed, cohesive paragraphs in which plot details (a/k/a summary, paraphrase, and quotations from the literary text) are subordinated to your analysis. 

In an analysis, the goal is to comment on the significance of the evidence you present from the literary text.  In other words, don’t just describe the text -- that would mean you are merely summarizing the story.  Instead, explain why your excerpts from the text matter (i.e., how the evidence relates to your thesis).  And always subordinate the textual evidence to your contentions about the text.  

Limit the length of your quotations or paraphrases from the play.  For instance, you probably don't want to quote or paraphrase all of Jaques’ speech about the seven ages.  Excerpt only the details that support your contention. 

Paper 1 topic:

 Love, lust, seduction, rape, liaisons, marriage:  compare and contrast at least two such interactions, with reference to one or two plays from the first three weeks.  What point(s) do you think the play or plays convey when presenting characters in one or more of these types of relationships?  How does the interaction persuade a reader to sympathize with, condemn, or have mixed feelings about the characters? 


Page Count:  3-5 pages, double spaced, Times New Roman, 12-point type.  Thoughtfully titled and carefully proofread.  The page count does not include the Works Cited page. 

Works Cited:  Do not count the Works Cited page as one of your 3-5 pages for your essay.  Your list of works cited should include your primary text(s) -- Shakespeare's play(s) -- and your two secondary sources.

Documentation Style: The paper is to be formatted and documented in the Modern Language Association (MLA) 8th edition style.  For assistance with MLA style, see the following:


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