Analyze elements of drama through close reading to develop and support your arguments.


We have discussed many aspects of the texts we have read, identified different arguments, and discussed how analyzing elements of drama (tone, style, symbols, setting, character, etc.) through close reading can support our arguments. Use what we have learned in class to write an argumentative essay that responds to one of the below prompts:

1. Compare and contrast Trifles and A Doll’s House.  In what ways does each play deal with

gender issues similarly/differently?
2. Do a character analysis of Nora.  In what ways and why does she change?  How are these changes significant to a theme in the play?  Consider how you can analyze specific points in her development and/or relationships in order to support your argument about why her change is significant.  

3. Identify a major theme in Ibsen’s A Doll’s House and argue for an interpretation of how the play deals with the theme you have identified.  

Essay requirements:

 5 pages in length (minimum 5 full pages, i.e., not 4 and ¾, etc.)  standard 12 pt. font and 1” margins, double-spaced, Times New Roman  Proper use of ML format  Provide a focused, articulate thesis  Integrate and analyze textual evidence in the form of direct quotes and paraphrases to

support your thesis. You must use a minimum of 3 direct quotes.
Skills Focus:

 Develop a compelling thesis:  Remember, a thesis is an argument, and is the answer to a

question, not a questions itself  Use and integrate textual evidence in support of an argument    Analyze elements of drama through close reading to develop and support your arguments.
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