Purpose:This assignment will enable you to discover how a playwright’s use of elements such as character, dialogue, setting, plot, and time period work together to enhance the themes of a drama. You will conduct a close reading of your chosen drama and discuss the playwright’s use of these devices in his or her structuring and composition of the scriipt. You will also incorporate at least one appropriate scholarly source into your analysis, ensuring that your included scholarly materials are directly relevant and applicable to your argument. Applying a close reading and composing a literary analysis will prepare you for the many texts that you will read, summarize, and discuss in your future studies and in the workplace.
Task: Write an essay that explores how and why key elements such as characters or symbols from the drama Master of None, “Thanksgiving” (2017), relate to one or two of the themes from Unit 1 to Love (filial, maternal/paternal, romantic, or platonic), Alienation/Otherness, The American Dream/Nightmare, The Quest for Identity/Coming of Age, Conformity/Rebellion in a particular way, using at least one scholarly source from the “Queer Theory” – M. Klages, Literary Theory: A Guide for the Perplexed pages 111-125 chapter 7. Review what you learned from Unit 4.1 Discussion – Exploring Themes in Drama. Some important contexts you may consider are: The dialogue The setting The plot The cultural context The time period in which the drama was written (vs. the one in which it is set, if applicable)
Submit your final paper in the Unit 4 Essay: Analysis of a Play (under “Assignments”). Ensure that your work is scrupulous in its citations and adheres to the standards of academic honesty. If you use any ideas, information, or words from an outside source, this must be clearly indicated using MLA citations. Only appropriate scholarly sources are needed or encouraged and should be correctly cited.
Length Requirement: 750-1,000 words Link to the play “Master of None Thanksgiving 2017” Link to the literary theory and read pages 111-125 chapter 7 only.