Drama Analysis


Choose your own play. Thank you !! This final paper covers our last unit on drama, so you will be analyzing a play. If you do not write about at least one play, your paper will receive no higher than a D. If the play (and another work you may analyze) is not one we have already read together, please provide me with a copy of the work(s) or the citation information so that I may locate it online. Scholars use different lenses, or methods of critical analysis, to examine literature. Choose one or two of the “lenses” listed below and apply the method(s) to a play from our reading list or from a website for which you provide a link. This work should be a work that was written or adapted for the stage, and not a radio play or television or film script. You may include in your analysis references to other works (by the same author or by a different author who addresses a similar theme), but you are not required to write about more than one work. Critical Methods: Biographical (how does the work incorporate or reflect the author’s life and how might the author’s experiences and identity inform our understanding of the work) Gender (how does the work comment on the creation, development, definition, enforcement, and/or consequences of gender roles; what does the work suggest about the relationship between gender and power or identity) Historical/New Historical (how are the conditions and/or circumstances in the world or specific community at the time the work was written/published reflected in the work) Reader-Response (how might the work be read, received, and/or understood by a certain group or type of reader who brings specific experiences, values, or identities to the work) Economical (how do power structures, particularly related to class, affect a reader’s understanding of the work; what does the work suggest about the relationship between class and power or identity) Psychoanalytical (how are suppressed desires or components of the human psyche relate to or reflected in the work) Mythological (how does the work reflect, utilize, and/or comment on archetypes or mythical motifs) Please review my handouts on these critical methods and consult the links to other information I’ve provided in this week’s readings. NOTE: that the first three methods—biographical, gender, and historical—are typically easier methods to understand and to apply than some of the others, especially mythological and psychological, which rely in part on an understanding of psychology and archetypes. Also, which you may find it useful to pair methods, such as gender and biography or history and economical, I would encourage you to focus on just ONE method. Research To write a passing essay, you must support your analysis with at least FOUR sources other than the primary work. These outside sources are what make this a research paper. You will list both the primary and secondary works on a Works Cited page. When you use information from these sources in your paper (summarize, paraphrase, or quote directly), you will identify the first word or two of the relevant citation entries in parentheses (i.e., internal citations). Rely primarily on critical sources you find through the Cochise library databases. Secondary sources in college essays may NOT come from Sparknote, Bookrags, Shmoop, eNotes, CliffsNotes (or similar sites) or Wikipedia. Any of these sources will be discounted and points will be deducted from your score. The sources you use should have a clear author and should ideally come from .edu or .org sites rather than .com sites.

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