English Language Arts and Reading Shakespearean Drama
Shakespearean Drama – Literary Analysis
This activity will help you meet these educational goals:
You will determine a central idea of a literary work and write a clear analysis of the work that focuses on plot, characterization, and other elements of drama. You will follow a process of planning, drafting, revising, and editing your analysis essay.
In this activity you will write a literary analysis essay about William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet. After you write your essay, you will edit and revise it.
Choosing a focus and topic
Recall that the fundamental purpose of this analytical essay is to explain your understanding or interpretation of Romeo and Juliet. The analytical essay should explain how the drama conveys meaning and examine how one or more elements contribute to the meaning of the drama.
In this task, you will write a literary analysis essay (500-800 words) that explores a specific idea or aspect of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Ensure that you state the thesis (or argument) of your essay clearly and that the thesis presents a unique or original interpretation of the play.
You may want to look at web sources for help on crafting your essay, such as this discussion of writing about literature. Please follow the steps in the Process section below as you plan and write your literary analysis paper. The following notes will provide detailed instructions and additional context for this specific essay.
From the following list of elements of drama, choose one or two that you will focus on for your essay about Romeo and Juliet:
· figurative language
After you select the elements that you will focus on for your essay, brainstorm some potential topics. Choose a topic that is based on your interpretation of the work. Some examples of questions to consider during the planning phase of your essay include the following:
· What theme or central idea is expressed by the work?
· What ideas or images recur throughout the work?
· How does the plot build suspense? Are the techniques of flashback or foreshadowing important to the story?
· What types of conflict occur while the plot is unfolding?
· How is the characterization important to the story? Are the characters symbolic or representative of something? Can the characters be compared?
· How does the setting (time, scenery, and location) influence or contribute to the work? How does it impact the characters? Is there a relationship between the setting and the mood?
· How does figurative language affect the work? How are figures of speech important to the meaning of the work?
Resources for Writing
· Creating a Thesis Statement
· Developing a Thesis Statement
· Developing an Argument
Type your essay here:
In the Prologue to Romeo and Juliet, the Chorus tells us of an "ancient grudge" between two households of equal dignity that has broken out into a...