Pick ONE of the following topics for your paper, but there’s still a catch: you cannot use any playwrights (with the exception of Shakespeare), TV series or plays listed on our syllabus. Choose from the unassigned plays in the textbook, or track down your own plays or series from networks, Amazon Video, Hulu or Netflix.
1.Choose a play you admire from this book and read a second play by the same playwright. Compare and contrast the plays, focusing on at least three elements, such as plots, characters, twists, themes, etc.
2. Read one of Shakespeare’s classic plays, such as Othello, Romeo and Juliet, or Hamlet. Then view a modern adaptation of one of those plays (but not the one we watched in class). What is retained from the original? What has changed? Do you think the modernizations make the play better or worse? Why or why not?
3. Do Topic 1 with a TV series instead of a play. Choose a series you feel has a lot to say, and then another in the same genre or from the same producer.Compare and contrast the series, focusing on at least three elements, such as plots, characters, twists, themes, etc.
Note: Make sure you view at least a full season of both series. Don’t try to do this topic if you’ve only seen one episode of each.
Minimum length: 3 pages, NOT counting your Works Cited page
Maximum length: 4 full pages, NOT counting your Works Cited page
Grammatical correctness (subjects and verbs agree, spelling is perfect, etc)
Basic paper elements as discussed in class
MLA paper style
You must incorporate a minimum of three quotations from three separate sources with accompanying citations and Works Cited Page entries. You should have at least one significant quote from each of the plays/series you’re examining.
Any paper submitted with unauthorized online sources (Sparknotes, Wikipedia, etc.) will receive an instant D. Googled sources may be accepted, but must be cleared with me before use.
Any paper with more sources listed than appear in the paper (or vice versa) will receive an instant D. Any paper that I cannot identify all of sources in will also receive an instant D.
Any paper submitted without research, without in-text citations, or without a works-cited page will receive an instant F.
****** Attached additional material is a copy of our course lesson plan that shows all assigned work that is off limits for the paper.