Write a thesis-based argument in an essay of 6-8 pages, in which you will compare and/or contrast themes in The Tempest with themes in our other course texts
For your fourth writing assignment you will write a thesis-based argument in an essay of 6-8 pages, in which you will compare and/or contrast themes in The Tempest with themes in our other course texts. The prompt requires that you conduct significant outside research of scholarly secondary sources, and incorporate that research into your argument. To successfully complete this essay, complete the following steps:
a.) Select one of the themes that we have been tracking this semester (monsters, creator/creation, the uncanny, friendship, nature, education, memory, narrative technique).
b.) Conduct scholarly research on your selected theme.
c.) Select ONE or TWO other texts that we have examined this semester, in addition to The Tempest.
d.) Write an essay in which you compare and contrast the use of your selected theme within The Tempest and the other course text(s) you have selected by synthesizing information from the play, the other literary texts, and your scholarly research. You may research your selected theme from a particular point of view (e.g. medicine/science, psychology, literary criticism, philosophy, etc.), but you MUST apply that research to specific characters, relationships, and/or moments in the texts.
Remember that the keys to a successful essay will be:
a. Articulating a clear, precise thesis statement (that contains a WHAT, WHY, and HOW).
b. Providing evidence to support that thesis statement in the form of quotations from the play, one or two other course texts, and from at least two scholarly secondary sources from your own research.
c. Connecting the evidence to your thesis and/or topic sentence by way of your own analysis, which must be an explanation of HOW the quotation you have chosen supports your primary argument.
d. Concluding by demonstrating what’s at stake for your argument.
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