Analyze TWO plays we have read by choosing one of the following topics for a literary analysis essay. Provide equal treatment for each play in the essay. Refer to the text as a play (place in italics) and the writer as a playwright. Use specific examples and details to support your position along with direct quotations from each play. As always, please use the textbook. You may cite the stage directions as well. You would cite it as a regular quote and keep the italics. As for the sections on writing by the playwrights, you would quote it and then put the title of the article in quotation marks in parentheses. On the works cited page, you would cite it as usual from the textbook but put the title in quotation marks first.
1. Compare the use of situational irony and symbolism in David Ives Soap Opera and Edward Bok Lees El Santo Americano to reveal the complex nature of relationships.
2. Choose TWO plays: How do the setting and the symbols mirror the lives of the female protagonists in Edward Bok Lees El Santo Americano, Susan Glaspells Trifles, and David Henry Hwang’s The Sound of a Voice.? What prompts their actions and motivations and why? Consider their respective situations and the time period each play was written.
3. According to Oscar Wilde, In this world there are only two tragedies: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it. Write an essay in which you analyze how this assertion relates to the respective desires of the character(s) in Christopher Marlowes Doctor Faustus and David Henry Hwang’s The Sound of a Voice. Include the quote and your interpretation of it in the introduction.
4. When the curtain comes down on the conclusion of some plays, the audience is left to decide exactly what finally happened. State your interpretation of the concluding moments and aftermath in David Henry Hwang’s The Sound of a Voice and Edward Bok Lee’s El Santo Americano. Include any moments of foreshadowing and irony throughout the plays.
5. Compare and contrast Christopher Marlowes Doctor Faustus and Jane Martin’s Pomp and Circumstance regarding the desire for influence and power. What seems to be the playwrights message as seen through the words and actions of Doctor Faustus and the King and their apparent flaws?
6. Edward Bok Lee says, Art can show you the interior of another persons life and soul, if only just for a few minutes (1228). Apply this quote to TWO of the following: El Santo Americano, Susan Glaspells Trifles, David Henry Hwang’s The Sound of a Voice, and Christopher Marlowes Doctor Faustus. The genre of drama is the “art” in this case and the “interior person’s life” refers to the characters in the play rather than the playwright. Reference the full quote in the introduction.
7. Compare David Ives’s Soap Opera and Jane Martin’s Pomp and Circumstance. What is comic? What is serious? How are these plays proof of Ives statement that “comedy is just tragedy without the sentimentality”? (847) Reference the full quote in the introduction.
Recommended Readings to Review:
Terms for Review (872, 899, 1208); Writing About a Play (1362); How to Quote a Play (1370)
Citing the Last Scene of Doctor Faustus:
How to cite the 1588 version (Text A): If you are citing the last scene from Doctor Faustus, you will need to cite it differently than the one in the textbook. The last scene is taken from the original 1588 version, which includes 13 scenes so you would quote the scene and the line (13.20-25).
Marlowe, Christopher. The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus, edited by Rev. Alexander Dyce, the Quarto of 1604, Project Gutenberg, www.gutenberg.org/files/779/779-h/779-h.htm.
How to cite the 1616 version (Text B): The 1616 version is the one from our textbook. For the textbook version, you will cite it as follows since it is split into Acts and Scenes: (2.1.5-10).
For all other plays, you will note the playwright’s last name along with the page number:
In summary, the following shows you how to introduce quotes in three different ways:
Introduce the quote with an introductory phrase, which includes a present tense verb such as says, describes, or asserts. Use a COMMA.
As the sheriff states in Trifles, “Well, can you beat the women! Held for murder and worryin’ about her preserves” (Glaspell 853; act I).
Blended quote: Include a part of the quote for emphasis but place all changes in brackets.
The sheriff states in Trifles that the women are “worryin’ about [Mrs. Wright’s] preserves” (Glaspell 853; act I).
Full sentence: Introduce the quote with a complete sentence to set it into context. Use a COLON.
The sheriff makes an ironic assertion in Trifles since he doesn’t realize