Short Paper

Purpose

The goal of this short essay is to persuade your readers of the efficacy of your argument driven analysis of The Tempest in 1000-1200 words. You’ll publish your short paper as a .pdf in a blog post with a 1-3 sentence precis. On Thursday, Sept 10 bring 2-3 paragraphs to class to workshop and the entire paper is on Friday, Sept 18 before midnight.

Projected Learning Outcomes

Writing a traditional literary analysis essay meets the following projected course learning outcomes: analysis, literacy, audience, and imagination. When you respond to the one of the questions below you will make a claim about a scene, a set of images, linguistic patterns, etc. in The Tempest within a eco/environmental critical framework. You will develop the claim through close analysis of passage you cite in your text. You are writing argument driven literary analysis to practice working in the major genre of literary study, to develop argument and analysis skills, and to become more fluent in both The Tempest and eco/environmental theoretical approaches to Shakespeare.

Instructions: Please respond to just one question below

Question 1
Does Prospero cause the storm, or does the storm cause Prospero?
For full credit, please develop your response to the question above by (1) citing and close reading at least TWO passages from The Tempest; and (2) citing, defining, and explaining at least ONE key term or phrase from Ingo Beresmeyer’s essay, “Shakespeare and Media Ecology.”
Question 2
Does Prospero use magic or machines to exact his revenge on Alonso and/or་ཨནཏིོན?
For full credit, please develop your response to the question above by (1) citing and close reading at least TWO passages from The Tempest; and (2) citing, defining, and explaining at least ONE key term or phrase from Ingo Beresmeyer’s essay, “Shakespeare and Media Ecology.”
Question 3
What comes after the tempest (OR The Tempest)?
For full credit, please develop your response to the question above by (1) citing and close reading at least TWO passages from The Tempest; and (2) citing, defining, and explaining at least ONE key term or phrase from Ingo Beresmeyer’s essay, “Shakespeare and Media Ecology.”

Audience

As always your peers and I are your primary audience, yet please also keep an ever expanding, global Internet audience in mind for this paper. What style, tone, and vocabulary choices will you have to make to suit both the audience, and the subject matter for each project? Explain quotations and images as if your audience has never read the texts you discuss.

Assessment

Baseline Criteria 1
Does the paper fulfill the requirements of the assignment-does it make an arguable claim in response to one of the questions asked and then develop that response through close analysis of at least TWO passages from The Tempest, as well as “Shakespeare and Media Ecology”? Was the essay posted to your blog as a .pdf with a 2-3 line precis on or before the due date?
Baseline Criteria 2
Does the first paragraph introduce the topic/claim of the paper? Does the rest of the paper develop the topic/claim? Does the paper make use of strong topic sentences and transitions? Does the paper attend to language at the sentence level, define key terms, and explain how the close analysis advances the argument?
Baseline Criteria 3
Does the essay make use of appropriate word choice and syntax? (i.e., action verbs over “to be,” active voice over passive, parallel sentence structure, etc.). Is the paper acceptably free of mechanical errors? Are all citations in MLA format?Are the tone and the style consistent through out the paper? Are tone and style appropriate to the audience and subject matter?
Aspirational Criteria
You may attempt to fulfill this criteria even though you are not required to do so: Does the paper make a connection between Shakespeare’s play and contemporary environmental events? Does the conclusion raise new ideas about The Tempest, performance, the environment, or criticism?