Order English And Literature Assignment
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As you can see, this assignment is different from the Response Essays or the formal essay. In this assignment some of the options allow you to exercise more creativity; even still, you should be demonstrating familiarity with the details of the text and critical engagement with those details. In addition, it is imperative that you integrate quotations from the text in an interesting and insightful way.
Quote directly from the text and make reference to details in the text to support the writing.
No research is required or expected, but if you consult any outside sources, it is imperative that you cite them. Any plagiarism will result in a 0 for the entire assignment.
I hope you enjoy this change of pace from our previous work this semester!
**Please put all the writings in ONE document when you upload it to Brightspace; use the corresponding number so I’m very clear on which ones you are doing.
OPTIONS: Choose 3-4 of the options listed below; shoot for about 400 words each (but it’s ok to have one at 300 and two at 450 for instance). Choose wisely so that your answers demonstrate your understanding of different parts of the text and the writing is not redundant.
Speech: Imagine that you are the son/daughter of Travis. Write a eulogy that you would deliver at Ruth’s funeral many years in the future. (Integrate quotations in a natural way, e.g. “I remember my dad told me that grandma used to say…” )
Speech: Write a speech for Beneatha in which she is telling her best friend about the argument she had with her mother which resulted in her slapping Beneatha that morning. What might Beneatha be feeling and expressing a few hours later? (Integrate quotations in a natural way, e.g. “I told mama X, but then she said Y…” )
Speech: Write a speech from the perspective of the $10,000 check that reveals something about the main characters’ conflicting attitudes about money. Be sure to use the “I” voice from the check’s perspective!
Anatomy of a scene: Review the end of Act II in the film version of the play starring Danny Glover and Esther Rolle (available on Youtube). Write an analysis of the actors and how well they enact the scene. You can also comment on other factors such as the look of the apartment, the furniture, props, costumes, camera work.
*If you do this option make sure it is really specific to this production. Sentences like “The acting was spot on” alone will not be effective; be sure to follow up with specifics, e.g. identification and commentary on the particular actor’s movements, style, tone of voice, etc.
Some stage productions (and printings of the play) omit the scene with Mrs. Johnson in Act 2. Write a justification for including it. What critical structural, thematic or character development goals does it achieve? (Hint: I really love this scene. One thing I notice about it is that Mama defends Walter to Mrs. Johnson in a way that she does not do when she’s talking to Walter about his dreams before this scene!)
Inner Monologue: Write an inner monologue from the perspective of Willy Harris; the monologue should express Willy’s feelings about Walter, the money, and his own actions that could be confirmed by details in the text of the play and its socio-economic context. Be sure to use the “I” voice for Willy and integrate references that demonstrate your understanding of the play’s setting and Walter’s thinking (maybe Bobo too?)
Write a paragraph in support of the following claim: “Beneatha should marry Asagai; although he expresses some limited views about women, he would be a good spouse who supports her various interests and ambitions.” Refer to details in Act 1 and 3 in support.
Quoting only the stage directions, discuss the two scenes with Mr. Lindner in Act 2 scene 3 and Act 3. (The stage directions are critical in showing how the actors should be using their bodies, their faces, and their voices in these scenes).
Re-write part of Act 3 by switching out Asagai and putting in George Murchison. Based on what you hear about George in Act 1 and how you see him in Act 2, how would George react to the news of Walter’s losing the money? How might Beneatha in turn react to George’s reactions? Write this as an scene with dialogue and stage directions.
Write a paragraph in support of the following claim: “The most important line of the play is spoken by Mama: “Travis you stay right here.” (Act 3) When and why does she say this? How does Walter respond to this statement? How does Travis’s presence help bring about the change in Walter that makes Mama later say to Ruth: “he came into his manhood today?”
Speech: Imagine that Big Walter is watching his family from the after-life; based on information about his life in the play and the current circumstances of the family, what would he say to his individual loved ones, e.g. Lena, Beneatha, and/or Walter. Be sure to use the “I” voice from Big Walter’s perspective