Shakespeare's King Lear
Rough draft due: 2/11 (at the end of class! The purpose of having a draft is the ability to engage in revision, editing processes that occur as frequently as writing. Revising IS writing and it must happen constantly. Thus, if you do not have a draft to work with in class you will not get credit.)Final draft due: 2/18 (this draft should be printed, stapled, paper clipped, etc. PRIOR to your arrival in C201)
Begin to synthesize these with the use of your notes, marked up text, quizzes and handouts. Let these ideas and questions simmer cognitive unrest before you select a prompt and begin brainstorming. I will be collecting and checking thesis statements on Monday, 2/9
Compare and Contrast Lear (specify a character, situation, image, scene, etc.- this paper should specify) with one of the following:
Adrienne Rich’s Storm Warnings
Dylan Thomas’ Do Not Go Gentle
Emily Dickinson’s Much Madness
Or compare and contrast Shakespeare’s use of TWO contrasting elements, characters or parallel situations. Use the ideas we’ve been discussing (the floating themes above your heads) or any other element that fits the compare.
For those of you freaking out about the quiz on Fri. 2/6:Additional Close reading and Notes from Act 3Kick off our discussion of age by reading this opinion piece from NYT: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/04/opinion/sunday/the-liberation-of-growing-old.html?ref=opinionLinks to the 3.2 Storm Scene comparison- Olivier, Holm, McKellen
Begin thinking, wrestling with, and brainstorming analysis of Lear by reviewing these prompts: Lear C_C
Need a refresher of what you read in class today? Want the notes from work in class? Use resources here:Watch scenes from Lear on PBS: hover over the selections under the movie screen to look for specific scenesOR, what the BBC version, complete with subtitles straight from your text. Helpful for watching and reading along:1.2 Close reading1.4 How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child!2.1 Look, sir, I bleed!3.2 Group close reading of stormStorm Rewatch the storm scenes and visuals from class3.4 Poor Tom's a-cold: Use my close reading notes to help you through this scene!