Lose Reading AssignmentShakespeare Scene Analysis

For this assignment, you will perform a close reading of a selected passage from a scene, and you will use this close reading as data for a short essay (5-7 pages). Your essay will not be expected to incorporate all of the different elements that pertain to close reading. In fact, you should make every effort to avoid the a?grocery baga? approach. i.e. Your essay should not be a simple description of some of the different features of the passage (eg. a summary of its use of figurative language, followed by a description of its tone, followed by a discussion of certain ambiguous phrases and what they might mean, etc.). You will need to focus on certain aspects of your data in order to refine your topic. A clear and specific thesis statement will enable you to develop your observations about the passage into a strong and unified argument. Papers should follow MLA guidelines and be submitted to Turnitin.com.

Remember that a strong thesis statement makes an argument about something that is not obvious, something that your readers will need to be convinced about. It should take us beyond the immediate appearances and literal meanings of the passage, delving much more deeply into certain of its features and ideas, and drawing important and revealing connections with other elements of the play. a?The most exciting thing for a reader, and the most useful for an essayist, is that close reading generally offers surprises. Your project is not so much about telling readers what they probably can see for themselves but what they might have missed that could delight them.a?

The essay should be free of plagiarism***, and original in thought, since it is submitted into an online database. The desired grade for the essay should be aimed for mid 80as. I am providing the scene selection for analysis, and by carefully reviewing the scenes, I found to be most comfortable with selections 4 and 7. Others may be chosen, but it will be harder for me to edit or modify the essay once it is written. I will also provide a guide to scene analysis as soon as professor will make the file available online.

Selections
1) 1.1.104-41 from Titus Andronicus (a?Stay, Roman brethren! Gracious conqueror…To quit her bloody wrongs upon her foesa?).

2) 2.4.1-57 from Titus Andronicus (So, now go tell, an if thy tongue can speak…O, could our mourning ease thy miserya?).

3) 3.2.23-84 from Titus Andronicus (a?How now! Has sorrow made thee dote already? …And thou shalt read when mine begin to dazzlea?).

4) 5.1.98-151 from Titus Andronicus (a?Indeed, I was their tutor to instruct them…Sirs, stop his mouth, and let him speak no morea?).

5) 5.2.152-254 from Titus Andronicus (a?Know you these two? … And see them ready against their mother comesa?).

6) 2.1.74-117 from A Midsummer Nightas Dream (a?How canst thou thus for shame, Titania…we are their parents and originala?).

7) 3.2.193-220 from A Midsummer Nightas Dream (a?Lo, she is one of this confederacy…Though I alone do feel the injurya?).

8) 5.1.1-27 from A Midsummer Nightas Dream (a?aTis strange, my Theseus, that these lovers speak of…But howsoever, strange and admirablea?).

9) 5.2 and Epilogue from A Midsummer Nightas Dream (a?Now the hungry lion roars…And Robin shall restore amendsa?).

10) 2.1.31-68 from Richard II (a?Methinks I am a prophet new-inspired…How happy then were my ensuing deatha?).

11) 3.2.125-173 from Richard II (a?O villains, vipers damned without redemption! …How can you say to me I am a king?a?).

12) 4.1.153-212 from Richard II (a?Alack, why am I sent for to a king…What more remains?a?).

13) 5.5.1-66 from Richard II (a?I have been studying how I may compare…Is a strange brooch in this all-hating worlda?).