The Taming of the Shrew
Please read your paper topic options on the attached
page carefully. Whichever option you choose, you will have to adhere to the
following requirements and due dates.
- Your paper must be 600-850 words long. You must
include your word count (count the words actually in your paper—ignore
your heading and title) at the end of your paper.
- Your paper must be typed, 12 pt. Times of Arial
font, 1” margins.
- You must turn in 2 copies of each “part of your
paper” (as detailed below). You may want to print a 3rd
copy for yourself as a backup.
- You may not submit the parts of your paper to
me via email. However, if you have questions or want to run your thesis
by me before turning the parts of your paper in, you may email them to me.
- Each assignment for this paper is due during a given
week. You may want to pretend the due date is the Monday or Tuesday of
every week so I will have time to comment on your writing before the
weekend. You may not work on future parts of your paper without
getting my comments.
- Here are the “parts of your paper” and their due
- Pre-proposal (OPTIONAL): Write up your
paper proposal and turn it in by Thurs., 9/25 or during class on Fri.,
- Paper Proposal (MANDATORY): If you did not
do the pre-proposal, you must complete your paper proposal during the
week of 9/29-10/3. All work must be submitted by 4 pm on any given day.
- Draft 1 (MANDATORY): AFTER your
proposal has been approved, write your first draft of your paper. This
draft is due the week of 10/6-10/10.
- Draft 2 (MANDATORY): AFTER getting
comments back on draft 1, revise your paper and submit your second
draft. Attach a note with this draft telling which two aspects of your
paper you want me to comment on. This draft is due the week of
- Draft 3 (MANDATORY): AFTER getting
comments back on draft 2, complete a final revision of your paper,
working to completely polish your writing. This draft is due the week
- Critical Reflection (MANDATORY): AFTER
completing your third draft, write a critical reflection of the work
you’ve done on this paper. Handout on this to come. This is due the
week of 10/27-10/31.
PAPER TOPIC OPTION #1:
Choose one of the following characters: Petruchio,
Kate, Lucentio, or Bianca to analyze in your paper. In you paper you must
propose a meaningful (not superficial) argument about who this character
is/how s/he is portrayed in the play. Your analysis of this character must
show HOW this character was developed throughout the play to present the
portrayal you’re arguing about. Choose scenes carefully and analyze them
for how Shakespeare presents the character. As always with literary
analysis, your comments should be focused on techniques the author is using,
not a summary of plot elements. Your conclusion should discuss how the
portrayal of this character is significant to the play as a whole.
PAPER TOPIC OPTION #2:
Choose a minor character (not one of the 4 listed in
option 1) in this play to analyze. For this paper, you must propose a
meaningful (not superficial) argument about the FUNCTION of this character
in the play. Choose scenes carefully and analyze them for how Shakespeare
presents and uses the character in the play. Your comments should either
touch on the overall significance of this character in the play as a whole
in every paragraph OR build an argument until you have proved this by the
end of your paper. A conclusion is probably not necessary for this paper.