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Unformatted text preview: Paper 2 – Shakespeare’s Macbeth , Polanski’s Macbeth Prompt: Write a formal critique of Polanski’s film adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth . Specifically, address his thematic choices . Your paper must indicate the key theme of Shakespeare’s Macbeth . Support your argument with examples from the text which demonstrate that this was the most important theme in Macbeth. USE DAVID BALL’S METHODOLOGY: Consider discussing how Shakespeare uses forwards and theatricality, what significant images appear (and reappear), how Shakespeare creates anticipation and dramatic tension, who characters are and how dramatic tension affects the audience, etc. You must then identify the key theme in Polanski’s film, providing evidence from the film to support your arguments. Is the key theme the same? Is it different? Finally, evaluate: how well does Polanski adapt Shakespeare’s play to film? Note: the bulk of your argument should be dedicated to proving that Shakespeare’s key theme is _______ and that Polanski’s key theme is _____, not in evaluating “how well” or “how poorly” Polanski adapted the play. You may briefly mention your evaluation in the introduction, and address it more fully in the conclusion, after you have presented your arguments about theme. Prompt (If you did not watch the film): What is the key theme of Shakepeare’s Macbeth ? Identify one key theme that is most important or significant . Support your argument using textual examples as suggested above (see: David Ball’s methodology). Formatting and Length Requirements: Paper must be a minimum of three full pages of text in Times New Roman, 12 pt font (this does not include space taken up by your heading). Failing to meet minimum length requirements means your grade is automatically docked to 70% or a “C” grade. Maximum length is 4 pages; exceeding the maximum also results in lost points, so plan your arguments carefully, including how much space you have to make each one. Use MLA format. Cite play text using parenthetical references with Act, scene, and line numbers, not page numbers, as we are all working with different editions of the text and only Act, scene, and line numbers will be consistent. Note: Microsoft Word 2007 uses automatic settings that are not acceptable; turn these off by selecting “no spacing” and then manually highlight and double-space your paper. Grading Rubric (if you have a meeting with me): Editing meeting with Sarah – 10 pts Style (clarity of writing, organization of paper, inclusion of clear thesis, use of topic sentences, clear introduction and conclusion, ability to employ proper grammar when writing, etc.) – 10 pts Content (the strength of your argument, considering the key theme of both Shakespeare’s play and Polanski’s film (if applicable), and supplying textual citations and details from the film to support your assertions) – 20 pts Grading Rubric (if you do not have a meeting with me this time): Style (clarity of writing, organization of paper, inclusion of clear thesis, use of topic sentences, clear introduction...
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This note was uploaded on 11/14/2011 for the course DRAMA 201C taught by Professor Rhondaguthu during the Spring '11 term at Washington University in St. Louis.
- Spring '11
- Macbeth, Blood, Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, Witches, Banquo, Macduff, Duncan, Malcolm