Drama play – analytical paper
REQUIRED TOPIC : ” M Butterfly ” M. Butterfly, directed by David Cronenberg
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The purpose of a literary analysis essay is to carefully examine and sometimes evaluate a work of literature or an aspect of a work of literature. As with any analysis, this requires you to break the subject down into its component parts. Examining the different elements of a piece of literature is not an end in itself but rather a process to help you better appreciate and understand the work of literature as a whole. To analyze (discuss and explain) a play, you can analyze the relationship between a subplot and the main plot, or you might analyze the character flaw of the tragic hero by tracing how it is revealed through the acts of the play. You might also consider identifying a particular theme and showing how the writer suggests that theme through the point of view from which the play is told; or you might also explain how the main character’s attitude toward a social group is revealed through their dialogue and/or actions.
Writing ultimately boils down to the development of an idea. Your objective in writing a literary analysis essay is to convince the person reading your essay that you have supported the idea you are developing. Unlike ordinary conversation and classroom discussion, writing must stick with great determination to the specific point of development. This kind of writing demands tight organization and control. Therefore, your essay must have a central idea (thesis), it must have several paragraphs that grow systematically out of the central idea, and everything in it must be directly related to the central idea and must contribute to the reader’s understanding of that central idea. These three principles are listed again below:
- Your essay must cover the play’s topic you are writing about.
- Your essay must have a central idea (stated in your thesis) that governs its development.
- Your essay must be organized so that every part contributes something to the reader’s understanding of the central idea.
The Thesis Statement
The thesis statement tells your reader what to expect: it is a restricted, precisely worded declarative sentence that states the purpose of your essay — the point you are trying to make. Without a carefully conceived thesis, an essay has no chance of success.
The introduction to your literary analysis essay should try to capture your reader’s interest. To bring immediate focus to your subject, you may want to use a quotation, a provocative question, a brief anecdote, a startling statement, or a combination of these. You may also want to include background information relevant to your thesis and necessary for the reader to understand the
The Body of the Essay and the Importance of Topic Sentences
The term regularly used for the development of the central idea of a literary analysis essay is the body. In this section you present the paragraphs that support your thesis statement. Good literary analysis essays contain an explanation of your ideas and evidence from the text (short story, poem, play) that supports those ideas. Textual evidence consists of summary, paraphrase, specific details, and direct quotations.
Each paragraph should contain a topic sentence (usually the first sentence of the paragraph) which states one of the topics associated with your thesis, combined with some assertion about how the topic will support the central idea. The purpose of the topic sentence is twofold:
1. To relate the details of the paragraph to your thesis statement.
2. To tie the details of the paragraph together.
The substance of each of your developmental paragraphs (the body of your essay) will be the explanations, summaries, paraphrases, specific details, and direct quotations you need to support and develop the more general statement you have made in your topic sentence.
Your literary analysis essay should have a concluding paragraph that gives your essay a sense of completeness and lets your readers know that they have come to the end of your paper. Your concluding paragraph might restate the thesis in different words, summarize the main points you have made, or make a relevant comment about the literary work you are analyzing, but from a different perspective.
The Title of Your Essay
It is essential that you give your essay a title that is descriptive of the approach you are taking in your paper. Just as you did in your introductory paragraph, try to get the reader’s attention. Using only the title of the literary work you are examining is unsatisfactory.
Consider the reader for whom you are writing your essay. Imagine you are writing for not only your professor but also the other students in your class who have about as much education as you do. They have read the assigned work just as you have, but perhaps they have not thought about it in exactly the same way. In other words, it is not necessary to “retell” the work of literature in any way. Rather, it is your role to be the explainer or interpreter of the work—to tell what certain elements of the work mean in relation to your central idea (thesis). When you make references to the text of the play, you are doing so to remind your audience of something they already know. The emphasis of your essay is to draw conclusions and develop arguments. Avoid plot summary.
must be 6-8 pages in length.
Contextual Knowledge of Play 25%
Development of Ideas 25%
Organization and Conventions 25%
Must adhere to current MLA standards. work typed in 12pt font, Times New Roman. Must include a heading, page numbers, and double-spaced. Include proper in-text citations in addition to your works cited page. Failure to adhere to these standards will result in a failing grade.