There are two parts to this question.
As in all Shakespearean tragedies, order is restored at the end of the play, but the death and destruction that have taken place cannot, of course, be undone. Will the audience be satisfied with the information that the Friar, the Page, and Balthasar give to the Prince to explain the tragedy? For this assignment, imagine that the Prince has asked you to writing for and a present a speech to the characters left at the end of the play on "Why did the tragedy occur?"
Part A: Writing the speech (31 marks)
• Choose one of the three themes covered in the lesson (and set out in the following chart) and create one answer to the Prince's question. Select one theme from the chart. Write the statement, as described in the chart. You must include this statement in the introduction to your speech. (Note: You do not have to hand in this chart.)
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Create one theme statement about your chosen topic that answers the Prince's question about why the tragedy occurred:
- Emotion versus reason
- Fate versus free will
- Well-intentioned or harmful actions
• Now, writing one speech . In the speech, you must persuade the audience that this statement provides the reason why things worked out as they did. Even though you may perhaps think that other explanations are possible, it is important that you try to convince the audience of your one idea.
• You will need to find three important points to support your opinion, and make reference to specific events or comments that you read in your Manga novel. You do not have to use quotations, but you can use the shorter lines from the Manga text, if you want to make reference to a specific comment made by a character. If you hand on to the page this way: Manga 143
• Remember that you are speaking to a specific audience: the characters at the end of the play, including the Prince. All of these characters know what happened in the play, but they want to hear why you think the tragedy occurred. Convince them. Use your own voice and the first person, when referring to yourself. Address the Prince and perhaps the others, if you want to, at a particular point.
• Use standard English and a formal tone that suits the situation. Be aware that this is an oral text, not just a written one. Think about how your speech would be spoken, and use rhetorical questions and repetition for emphasis.
Part B: Delivering the speech (4 marks)
When your speech is written, you may wish to refer to the section in Lesson 16 called "Speech Delivery" to review the suggestions for delivery strategies discussed there. Then, answer the following question. If you had to present this speech to an audience:
a) Explain how you would use the strategy of rehearsal, including how it would be beneficial for your oral presentation.
b) Select a strategy you would use while delivering your speech, to make sure that the audience would understand what you were saying. Explain why this strategy would be effective.
The following table gives details on how your work will be evaluated. Refer to it to make sure that your assignment meets all of the expectations.
Part A: Writing the speech 31 marks total
Speech clearly presents one of the three themes listed 2 marks for clear statement based on a theme
Speech clearly states your opinion about why the tragedy occurred, based on this theme 2 marks for clear statement of thesis
Speech uses the first person and addresses the audience directly, as in a monologue 1 mark
• Speech uses three relevant and accurate arguments that support your opinion (6 marks)
• Speech includes three specific and fully developed details from the Manga text that support your opinion. You may use quotations from the Manga text, if desired. (9 marks)
• Speech has an interesting opening and conclusion that summarizes your ideas well (4 marks)
• Speech effectively incorporates two rhetorical devices, for example, rhetorical questions, deliberate repetition, and a metaphor or figure of speech (2 marks )
• Speech addresses the Prince, shows an awareness of the audience, and uses a consistent voice that suits the person making the speech (5 marks)
Part B: Delivering the speech
4 marks total
• Answer outlines a way in which you might rehearse the speech (1 mark) and focuses on one specific benefit you would gain from this strategy (1 mark)
• Answer identifies a suitable strategy for engaging your audience's attention (1 mark) and explains how it works to help them follow what you are saying (1 mark)
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