English 301 Online
Essay Two: DRAMA Analysis
All previously assigned readings from Meyer
From Chapter 8 (the
section defining "theme" pp. 220 - 223)
From Chapter 37: "Reading Drama " 929-930, and
"Elements of Drama" 944-948
Chapter 41: "Modern Drama" 1125-1129
Chapter 45: "Critical Strategies for Reading," especially "Critical Thinking," 1501-1503 and strategies that may be useful: Biographical, Historical, Psychological, Gender.
Chapter 46: "Reading and Writing"
Write an essay that analyzes the way one or two of the elements of drama in A Raisin in the Sun contributes to its theme or sub theme. You might choose to analyze the play's setting or characterization, or an element of plot. Make sure that you discuss the elements of drama you choose in terms of a theme from the play. (Chapter 8, pages 220-223 gives you an overview of theme.)
Your essay must draw on one or two of the elements of drama as noted in Meyer, Chapter 37 944-948.
Do not use any sources outside Meyer and the film to write this essay. Simply draw from your reading of the play and what you have learned about drama.
Tip: Start your brainstorming by rereading the questions for reading drama in Meyer (Chapter 38, 963-964). Then free write on the questions. DO NOT write answers to these questions in your essay! The point is to get you thinking analytically about the play. Then develop a narrow, focused thesis that addresses the element of the play you will discuss.
Your essay should reflect what you already know about essay organization, and, therefore should exhibit the following:
an interesting introduction that includes a highly focused thesis statement
body paragraphs that have topic sentences and that support the thesis with specific details and BRIEF quotes from the play.
an interesting conclusion
parenthetical references and a works cited page
Due Dates and Length:
23, 10 PM: Rough Draft 1000
Peer review: Friday, June 24
Monday, Sunday, June 26, 10 PM: Final Draft 1250-1500 words
(not including Works Cited Page)
Final Draft and Works Cited Page
If BY the PEER REVIEW DEADLINE of Friday June 24, at 10PM, someone fails to do your peer review as directed, send an appeal to the class (including me) via email, asking for a peer review. As soon as you get a response, email the class, letting us know you have found someone to help and who it is (to avoid confusion). If you are a student who answers the appeal for a peer review, include that 3rd effort in your packet and notify me when you submit your packet.