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ENG 1102: Essay 4: Drama
Assignment: Write a compare and contrast essay (1000 words AND A FULL FOUR or more
PAGES) discussing the similarities and differences of tragedy and comedy, using examples from
the plays in our book, and supported by at least three outside sources. This essay must have at
least 5 quoted examples from each type of play (5 for tragedy and 5 for comedy, totaling 10 or
more). Do not make your quotes too long; use quoted text to illustrate the specific point you are
making, offering obvious support for your claim. As with your last 2 papers, use what you have
learned about literary criticism, the key terms from the reading, and lectures in class to show
HOW the author creates a work of art, and how the play fits the requirements of its category of
tragedy or comedy. For your outside sources, they should be scholarly sources used to offer
support for your paper. Some ideas include sources that help you find out more information
about the author, the culture of the time, ancient theater, or the origins of the play.
Required Elements—Your essay MUST include:
• 1000 words and 4 FULL pages (-5 points for every half page missing)
• A Works Cited Page as the last page of the essay that is not included in the required 4
pages and that correctly cites 3 or more sources using MLA 8
• MLA formatting with 1” margins, Times New Roman, 12 point font, double spaced, with
no additional spaces
• A header with your last name and page number in the upper right hand corner
• On the first page, begin your paper with MLA formatting guidelines: (Left Justified) Line
1: Your name, Line 2: Professor’s Name, Line 3: Class, Line 4: Due Date of Assignment,
(Centered) Line 5: Title Specific to Topic of Paper, Line 6: Indent and Begin your paper
with the Introduction Paragraph that introduces your topic and ends with a strong thesis
• Each Body Paragraph should have a Topic Sentence that relates to one aspect of the
thesis statement and logically correlates to the supporting sentences offered within the
• Conclusion Paragraph should explain how your analysis relates the work within a larger
• In-text citations that correlate to the Works Cited page and are done properly in MLA 8.
*You should introduce outside sources by providing information about the author and his
or her expertise, then offer the quote from the source followed by an in-text citation. The
next sentence should explain your thoughts and opinions.
• Good grammar, mechanics, and correctness
Outline: Compare and Contrast Essay on Drama: Tragedy and Comedy
Hook: Interesting topic sentence that introduces the reader to the main idea of the paper
A. Build case and provide necessary information (2-3 sentences)
B. Thesis Statement (1-2 sentences)
Helpful Hint: Use the SIEL pattern for each
point you make. You can use this pattern
A. Statement of Support
1. Quote from Tragedy
2. Quote from Comedy
B. Statement of Support
3. Quote from Outside Source 1,2, or 3
several times in a paragraph and repeat it
again in your text paragraph.
S: Statement- Make your point/state your claim.
I: Illustration- Introduce a quote or outside
source. Provide an illustration by offering an
example using quotes from the text.
E: Explain- Explain why yu chose the quote as
an example to illustrate your point and describe
how it supports your claim and relates to your
A. Explain what your readers should have
learned by reading your essay.
B. Discuss why your perspective is valid
L: Link- Transition to your next point.
and offers a new and important point of
C. Explain how your analysis relates to something larger and furthers your
understanding of fiction, drama, tragedy, and/or comedy, or something else.
MUST USE THE FOLLOWING SOURCES FOR THIS ESSAY!!!
Book I used: Backpack Literature, An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing
Fifth edition, Author: Dana Gioia
Here are the dramas in the textbook
Christopher Marlowe, Scene from Doctor Faustus
Oscar Wilde, Scene from The Importance of Being Earnest
David Ives, Soap Opera
Outside Resource Options for Essay 4: (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
https://literarydevices.net/tragedy/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
https://literarydevices.net/comedy/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
http://www.shakespeare-online.com/playanalysis/tragedyvscomedy.html (Links to an external
site.)Links to an external site.
https://entertainism.com/elements-of-drama (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
https://writingcenter.unc.edu/tips-and-tools/drama/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an
https://www.chicagoacademyforthearts.org/news/2017/3/10/the-importance-of-teaching-literaryanalysis (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
https://gustavus.edu/english/whystudyliterature.php (Links to an external site.)Links to an
Video from Class on Integrating Sources:
10% Introduction: You gain interest and provide necessary information for the reader to
understand your essay. You introduce the main idea of your paper and end with your thesis
statement. Explain how the authors uses the elements of drama and achieve the requirements of
tragedy and comedy to reveal your argument.
10% Thesis: You state your main point (or argument) in 1-2 sentences. The thesis is the
culmination of your introduction. It should be specific, state your argument, and serve as a
roadmap for your paper.
15% Organization: Your essay must contain well-structured supporting paragraphs that
contain a topic sentence, quotes from the primary text, at least one quote from three different
sources, an explanation/discussion of the significance of each quote you use in relation to your
thesis, and a concluding sentence or two that situates the entire paragraph in relation to the thesis.
15% Support: You compare and contrast comedy and tragedy using examples from plays in
our book. Your thesis will focus on some kind of critical analysis of the primary text, so your
supporting paragraphs should contain quotes from the text that illustrate your thesis/argument.
• From plays: You need at least 5 quotes from comedies and 5 from tragedies, totaling 10
quotes or more.
• Outside Sources: In addition, you should include at least one quote from three different
secondary sources to support your argument.
Do not simply sprinkle random quotes into your paper and then ignore them; your supporting
paragraphs should be organized around each of the quotes you use, explaining the significance of
the quotes and why (or how) they illustrate your main point, but you also need to make sure that
your paragraphs contain strong transitions and at least six (or more) sentences.
15% Key Terms: You must include vocabulary from the book and lectures to show your
understanding of the terms and ideas discussed in class. You should have a minimum of 8 key
terms used correctly and incorporated seamlessly into your essay.
10% Conclusion: Your aim in a conclusion is to place the discussion in a larger context.
Think in terms of audience, exigence, and context. For example, what do you want your readers
to learn from reading your essay? What new and interesting perspective will you offer with your
analysis? How does your analysis relate to fiction in general, or how does it further your
understanding of drama, tragedy, and/or comedy?
15% Grammar and mechanics: Your paper avoids basic grammar mistakes, such as dropped
apostrophes in possessives, subject/verb disagreement, arbitrary tense switches, etc. The paper
demonstrates a commitment to proofreading by avoiding easy-to-catch typos and word mistakes
(effect for affect, for example). The paper adheres to MLA formatting style for in-text and
10% Presentation: Your paper meets the minimum length criteria of 1000 words and 4 full
pages or more, is typed with a title and your name on it. You follow your individual professor’s
instructions for formatting (margins, placement of the name, etc).
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