Drama Essay: Character Analysis
By the due date assigned, submit your three-paragraph essay as a Microsoft Word attachment. You will complete this assignment using one of the following plays in your eBook, Portable Literature: “The Cuban Swimmer,” “The Brute,” or one of the 10-minute plays from the Week 3 Discussion.
Read the plays listed above, and choose one for the basis of your essay. You are writing an analysis of one of the characters in the play. You may use the brainstorming questions below to generate ideas, or you may refer to the Week 3 discussion prompt for a refresher on ways character is revealed. It is fine to continue with your character analysis that you started this week in the discussion area for this essay assignment.
Develop a short essay of at least three paragraphs and 500 words. In your response, be sure that you have the following: an introductory paragraph with a clear thesis statement, at least one body paragraph with supporting reasons, examples, and quotations from the play, and a concluding paragraph. The thesis statement should represent your main argument analyzing the character you have chosen. Use APA style for formatting the paper and for in-text citations and end references.
Select a character. What does he or she want? What is the conflict this character encounters? How does he or she attempt to get this desire? What prevents him or her from achieving it? What is the resolution by the end of the play for this character? Does the character change by the end of the play?
The Thesis Statement
To develop your thesis statement, choose two or three descriptive words to define your character. From these words, what main point could you make about the character in your essay? Once you have your thesis statement, make notes and choose supporting evidence (quotations and examples from the play).
- Use APA style, and include a title page, proper font and spacing, in-text citations, and a separate references page.
- Do not use any outside sources to complete this response; rely only on your own insights.
- Quoted material from the play should not exceed 25% of the essay.
- You may exceed the minimum word and paragraph count.