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244 finals essays - option 1 Many of the plays we read this...

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option 1: Many of the plays we read this semester dealt with ideas of reality and illusion or truth/deception this semester. The plays have depicted people deceiving others, people deceiving themselves, and people attempting to understand, forget, and/or reshape or reconstruct reality and/or truth. Select three plays and compare how each play argues something about reality/illusion or truth/deception. The value and seriousness with which the sin of deception is regarded varies from situation to situation, dependent on the attitudes and moral values of those involved. In these 3plays, we see an ascending order of that value, as deception is taken lightly in IBE, heavily in Dolls House, and as a fatal flaw in Othello. Importance of Being Earnest - there is no consequence to deception, and the actual “importance of being earnest” is not really that important at all. Gwendolyn and Cecily forgive their men almost immediately, and style, status, and pleasure take center stage in this play as truth and deception are shoved into the foreground and are not even taken seriously. , A Dolls House - here the deception is unintentional, but when Nora realizes that she has been deceived she is offended, heartbroken, and will do anything to break into the reality that has been robbed of. Here deception, although unintentional, is not taken lightly and has great consequence, as she leaves her husband and her children to break free into a world free of illusion. Othello here deception is the greatest sin, as when Othello realizes he has been deceived he kills himself. Even when he found out that his wife was allegedly deceiving him ,the answer was death as well. And since iago is the one behind the deception and is the cause of all the illusion, he is sentenced to death as well. From all these plays we see that there are different levels with which to regard the sin of deception, and each play takes it with a different sense of seriousness. Option 2: Numerous plays we read this semester had to do with race - racial
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prejudices, tension, and conflict. Select three of the plays we’ve read this semester and compare the ways in which each playwright chose to depict race on the stage and the argument(s) each playwright is making about race issues. You may NOT write on Fences for this essay, because it was removed from the official syllabus for the course. Athol Fugard, William Shakespeare, and Jeanette De Far all seek to blur the lines between race and individuality in their plays. Hally, Desdemona, and Marge all succeed in stepping outside of the racial stereotypes imposed on them by their society and succeed in allowing the playwright to prove the weakness of those societal stereotypes and the power of the individual regardless of his or her race. Master Harold and the Boys – from this play we are able to see that there are exceptions within
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This note was uploaded on 02/08/2011 for the course ENGL 244 taught by Professor Bossert during the Spring '09 term at Maryland.

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