Literary Analysis on Misuse of Power in Measure for Measure and Hamlet by Shakespeare

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A rubric will be submitted! General Guidelines for Literary AnalysesYou must write three literary analyses involving library and Internet research for this course. While bringing in library and Internet research to support the arguments you make will be very important, the best way to think about these analyses is that you are doing research on the works themselves; that is, I want you to select an idea, theme, literary term, character, or some other appropriate concept and then do a thorough, systematic, detailed analysis of that concept as it appears in the works we havestudied. Another way to think of these analyses is that they are extended versions of the in class essays you have written on Measure for Measure and Hamlet.Guidelines for Literary Analysis: DramaThe literary analysis on drama must be 1,250 or more words and ideally should deal with both Measure for Measure and Hamlet. The primary focus should be upon your interpretation of the dramas rather than just what the critics say. At the same time, you must include in your analysis references to at least five scholarly sources (this does not include encyclopedias or trivial, non-academic sources like Cliff Notes and so on). Only one of these sources may be a website found on the Internet; the other four sources should be found in scholarly (peer-reviewed) journals or periodicals, books, and online electronic databases (such as JSTOR). In addition, any of the notes I have posted on Blackboard can count as one of your scholarly sources. For instance, if you want to research how symbolism is used effectively by Shakespeare, you would need first to define this term (using A Handbook to Literature as one of your five scholarly sources), then discuss its appearance in the plays, whether or not it is used effectively (upon what basis would you make this judgment?), and make a case for where Shakespeare best uses symbolism.In approaching your analysis, remember that your main task is to explain as clearly and fully as possible your thesis sentence; that is, you must attempt to bring out the significance of your thesis sentence by close reading and analysis the text. In this regard, your essay should be an in depth, detailed study of your thesis sentence, relying primarily on your own interpretation, commentary, analysis, reflection, synthesis, and discussion. Use the scholarly sources either to support arguments you make or to advance the scholarly debate your thesis sentence addresses. Avoid a shallow, superficial approach to your research and writing. Also, please underline, italicize, and boldface your thesis sentence.The paper should have at least a paragraph of introduction with a clearly stated thesis sentence. In the body of the paper, you should quote freely from the texts being analyzed and to a lesser degree from scholarly sources. Students who do poorly on this paper most often fail to quote specific passages from the texts being analyzed in order to support arguments or points of development. In addition, there is no substitute for careful, coherent, and relevant research; vague, generalized, non-specific, “off-the-cuff” remarks are not acceptable.I will evaluate your paper according to three criteria in descending order of importance. First and foremost, I will note if your content is meaningful, thoughtful, and logical. I will look to see if you are shooting the bull. Second, I will study your paper to    see if it is well researched, well documented, well organized, neat, and easy to read. If you are uncertain about proper documentation techniques, refer to the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 8th edition. Lastly, I will check the grammatical accuracy of your paper.Working outline and due dates for a literary analysis on Measure for Measure and HamletFeb. 14:Read Part 1, Principle of MLA Style in The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 8th edition.Individual conferences. Feb. 16:Begin reading/skimming Part 2, Details of MLA Style in The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 8th edition.Bibliographic instruction regarding online and print research resources. Bring to class your laptop or other device for doing online research.100+ word topic proposal and working title due by midnight (worth 20 points).Feb. 18:Review sample introductory paragraphs and works cited pages (class will meet in the library).Library research.Continue reading/skimming Part 2, Details of MLA Style in The MLAHandbook for Writers of Research Papers, 8th edition. Feb. 21:Review complete sample literary analyses (class back in Belk 219).Due by midnight: A 150-200 word draft version of your introduction due,including a clearly identified thesis sentence (underlined, italicized, andboldfaced). Email the introduction and working bibliography to me.Also due by midnight: A working bibliography (that will eventually be listed as Works Cited in the final format of your literary analysis), listing the five sources you plan to use in your research. You must follow the criteria and format for presenting your bibliography as described in the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers.These two parts of the literary analysis assignment are worth 30 points. Feb. 23:Continue reading/skimming Part 2, Details of MLA Style in The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 8th edition.Draft the complete literary analysis.Individual conferences.Feb. 28 (by midnight):The completed literary analysis is due and should be emailed to me.The final format of your literary analysis must follow the MLA style as described in MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 6th edition.This part of the literary analysis assignment is worth 100 points. Suggested Topics for Literary Analysis onMeasure for Measure and Hamlet1. The Tragic in Measure for Measure vs. the Comic in Hamlet.2. The misuse of power Measure for Measure and Hamlet.3. Deceptive tactics in Measure for Measure and Hamlet.4. The role of Christianity in Measure for Measure and Hamlet.5. Contrasting characters in Measure for Measure and Hamlet.6. The women in Measure for Measure and Hamlet.7. The men in Measure for Measure and Hamlet.8. Symbolism in Measure for Measure and Hamlet.9. Destructive love in Measure for Measure and Hamlet.10. Elizabethan rulers: Vincentio in Measure for Measure vs. Claudius in Hamlet.11. Shakespeares Play with language in Measure for Measure and Hamlet.12. Family dynamics in Measure for Measure and Hamlet.13. Thinking about death in Measure for Measure and Hamlet.14. Human nature in Measure for Measure and Hamlet.15. Irony in Measure for Measure and Hamlet.16. Comparison/contrast of one key biblical idea, motif, or concept in Measure forMeasure and Hamlet.17. Develop your own (get final approval from me before you begin).Don W. KingMontreat College https://sites.google.com/a/montreat.edu/faculty/don-king 

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