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Research paper on a drama

Topics to consider:


  • "Oedipus the King"
  • "Electra"

Shakespeare's comedies

  • "Midsummer Night's Dream" 
  • "As You Like It"

Shakespeare's tragedies

  • "Othello"
  • "Hamlet" 

Tennessee Williams'

  • "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"
  • "A Streetcar Named Desire"
  • "The Glass Menagerie"

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This is a formal library research paper that incorporates your writing skills, research skills, and your skill of integrating your voice with those of your resources in presenting your paper. 

Make a point with an argumentative edge that needs proving or disproving by support from other scholars and through illustrations from the plays.

  • Choose a play.
  • Research for 10 resources pertinent to your chosen topic in the Broward College library and the Internet.
  • Read the articles carefully to find supporting evidence, taking good notes about the bibliographic information (author, page number, publisher, date, etc.).
  • Evaluate and sort out the material you need to cite in your research
  • Incorporate the information into a well-focused, clearly organized, and coherently developed paper.

 In your research paper, you should first state your position or make a point on the topic. Second, you should back up your position or point by using quotations culled from the sources (at least 10 sources: 6 articles from journals and magazines, articles from the Internet, and 2 books). You should present your understanding of the subject and your research in a well-documented formal research format.

To develop your theme you could use any of the methods of thesis you learned in English 1101 (e.g. comparison and contrast, definition, argument, cause and effect, classification, and others). Your in-text citations and works cited page should be done in accordance with MLA style. Your paper will be graded and commented upon the following:

  • A clearly stated thesis statement on the topic with your position and reasons for your position.
  • Appropriate use of in-text citations and works cited page using MLA standards as well as accurate use of the outside sources by indirect quotations, direct quotations, paraphrasing and summarization. 
  • A coherent development of your theme and your essay as a whole.
  • An integration between your voice and those of the works you have used to support your thesis.
  • Correct use of grammar, punctuation, spelling and word choice.

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