Shakespeare: Final Paper Assignment

Course Paper Project for Shakespeare

Topics already approved

  1. What is the role blood plays in Macbeth?
  2. Temp: Why is there a difference between Ariel and Caliban’s loyalty to Prospero?
  3. Temp: Prospero made Caliban a monster.
  4. Self-oriented vs. self-sacrificing love in Twelfth.
  5. Why can’t people see that Viola isn’t a man in Twelfth?
  6. Macbeth: Why is Lady Macbeth sleepwalking?
  7. Temp: Although Prospero seems like a tyrant, he’s a good man.
  8. Temp: Why is Miranda so passive compared to women in other Shakespearean works?
  9. Temp: How does Shakespeare voice Prospero, especially in the last scene?
  10. Twelfth: With all the lying and tricks, are there any good people in the play?
  11. Twelfth: Is Malvolio’s harassment unjustifiable? Does it go too far?
  12. Macbeth: Why are there witches in the play?
  13. Macbeth: How does the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth change?
  14. Macbeth: Lady Macbeth is like a fourth witch in how she tempts Macbeth.

Write an MLA format argument paper of about 800-900 words on one or more of the course texts: Twelfth Night, Macbeth, Henry V, The Tempest, or a sonnet. Try to discuss an issue or theme which explains the text(s); simply comparing two characters can be boring unless the comparison tells us something meaningful. Feel free to look at the blog questions or think about the presentations for ideas.

Due date, first draft: Thursday, May 30 in class (paper only, no e-mails)

  1. The paper must state an argument with examples and reasons, focused on the text.
  2. It’s OK if you use evidence or history from the time period of the text to help explain it, so long as your emphasis is on the text. Do not write a paper which is really about you, your best friend, or Korea.
  3. The paper must directly quote from the text to prove your arguments. If your paper has three irrelevant quotes I will assume you didn’t read the text. Use short quotes rather than padding the paper with long ones.
  4. Important!: You will first e-mail me (keneckert @ hanyang. ac. kr) a one paragraph proposal, where you will describe what you are going to discuss and what you are specifically going to prove in your paper. You should do this soon, because: a) I won’t accept a paper without an accepted proposal; and b) once a proposal is accepted, no other student can write on the same argument.
  • The most common reason proposals are rejected is that they are too short and vague. One paragraph in length.
  • Your second paper in this course will be a revision of this first paper, due on the last day of classes by e-mail (Monday, June 17).
  • We will be spending four classes discussing how to write, research, and edit academic argument papers.
  • Refer to the “Files” heading on this site for an example of MLA formatting. We’ll discuss this in class as well.
  • Grading will be on five criteria: Grammar; structure; argumentation; text support (quoting); and the proposal. Each draft is worth 15%.