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Prof. Hamm ([email protected]) Fall 2011 ENGL 2148: Introduction to Shakespeare Third (and final) Essay Assignment Length: 5-6 pp. (at LEAST 5 full pages). Hard copies of the essays are due at start of lecture Monday, 28 November: those sent as attachments will not be accepted and will be penalized for late submission. Your essay should follow MLA style guidelines: typed (12-point Times New Roman type), double spaced, with one-inch margins all around. Your name, the course number, your discussion leader’s name, and the date should appear at the top left-hand margin. Quotations must come from the Pelican Shakespeare. Late submissions will be penalized one full grade (e.g. A becomes B) for each day late. For the final essay, you’ll undertake a comparative discussion of two plays we’ve read this term (at least one must come from the second half of the term: Hamlet , Coriolanus , or The Winter’s Tale ). As with the previous essays, close reading of the texts’ language must illuminate and support your claims. Please note : the questions raised in each prompt are starting points. You are not obliged to answer any of them, nor should you try to answer all of them. Choose one of the following topics: 1. Jealousy : Whether comedy or tragedy, poetry or stage plays, characters in Shakespeare’s works frequently suffer pangs of jealousy. The poet/speaker worries that the young man prefers other poets to him, or that his “dark lady” is seeing other men; Portia uses her ring trick to deceive Bassanio and make him worry that she has shared her bed with another; and in Hamlet . . . well, the Prince has a range of “issues” that involve jealousy. Write as essay on some form of jealousy in Shakespeare’s plays. Most commonly, he examines the
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