11 November 2005
Length: 2-3 pages. Demonstrate your ability to apply CST principles to support an argument that you make about one or more of the plays on the syllabus.
Include direct quotations from CST documents and the play(s) you wish to examine.
You will need to approve your paper topic in advance. Dead Man Walking is constructed as a social debate, so I would expect a paper on that topic to delve more deeply into one particular aspect of the issue, rather than simply restate the debate depicted in the play. If, on the other hand, you choose a different play, in which the social justice issue is not immediately obvious, you can more easily demonstate your ability to think critically on your own.
Possible paper topics might include:
- alienation and marginalization in Machinalthe proper role of the state and A Man for All Seasonsthe Gentleman Caller from The Glass Menagerie and economism and consumerism
This assignment does not call for an analysis of current events, or your own personal ruminations on the matter. Instead, demonstate your skill at close reading. As always, avoid plot summary. Assume that your reader not only knows the texts well, but has them within arm's reach. There is no need to summarize the plot or write a lengthy explanation of your chosen CST principle.
Use textual evidence to support a specific, non-obvious claim that arises from the particular representation of reality found in one or more literary works.
You may use this exercise as the basis of Paper 2.
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