The aims of this essay will be for you to accomplish the following: 1) present an argument (with your own unique thesis) about this important literary text; 2) back up that argument with evidence from the primary text;
Present an argument (with your own unique thesis) about this important literary text
The aims of this essay will be for you to accomplish the following: 1) present an argument (with your own unique thesis) about this important literary text; 2) back up that argument with evidence from the primary text; 3) offer your argument and evidence within a clear pattern of organization and convincing analysis; and 4) write clearly, logically, concisely, and correctly, including correct usage of Modern Language Association in-text citations for all quotes and specific references to the play.
Include a Works Cited page at the end of your essay.
You may use ADDITIONAL course reading materials in this essay. (In fact, if used meaningfully, this may make for a stronger essay.) And if you’re interested in ADDING texts to your discussion only to illustrate points about your analysis of the play, by all means do so–just talk with me first; otherwise, do not use external sources.
The essay should be no less than 4 pages long (double spaced, with 1-inch margins and in a 12-point font). Below are some suggestions as to literary and/or critical issues or themes. You may also devise your own topic; if you do so, you must discuss your idea with me in advance so that I can ensure that your topic is sufficiently complex and suitably focused.
Respond to ONE of these two questions in your essay:
1. What is the significance of point of view in RGAD? And what is the significance of experimentation with point of view in RGAD? (Think of what Stoppard is doing and commenting on greater than the play itself.)
How does RGAD embrace unconventionality AND adhere to a literary tradition? For what reasons does this play attempt both? And to what extent does the play appear to be commenting that the “unconventional” is necessary in literature now?