Topic: Drama Analysis on Sam Shepard’s True West

Essay 3 Instructions

Write an analysis in which you provide an alternative ending to a play based on a central theme of the play and defend your choices. Present your alternative ending in the same format and style as the play from which you are attaching an ending just below the title before your introductory paragraph. Single space your alternative ending but double-space the essay using MLA format. Research secondary sources and respond to four secondary sources (three must be scholarly) by following the template below:
1) Although counter-intuitive, skip the introduction (including the thesis!) and the conclusion until last. Start writing your essay as though the thesis paragraph does not exist. Start with a paragraph that introduces someone else’s idea — this paragraph’s job is to explain what the other writer is trying to say. You should not express an overt opinion about that argument: your task is to only summarize. For those of you more daring, you may attempt here to hint that you do not actually agree with the idea, but you should nevertheless present that idea fairly and accurately.
2) The second paragraph praises something about the other writer’s essay. Identify what is noteworthy about the idea you summarized in the previous paragraph.
3) The third paragraph critiques the other essay. Describe something limited, or wrong, or questionable, or out-dated about the other writer’s view. You might begin the paragraph with “However, on a deeper level …” This paragraph is not meant to be an exhaustive destruction of the other view: it’s merely pointing out a crack in the foundations.
4) Now, in the fourth paragraph, you should argue your own viewpoint. You should transition from talking about the other essay to describing your own take. You have three options here as Graff/Birkenstein instruct us (“They Say/I Say,” Ch. Four): to “ally” with the other writer and argue something similar, to “oppose” the other writer and present a disagreement, or, the most difficult option (but the one with the highest rewards), to “pivot” to a seemingly unexpected position or situation. Defend your alternative ending by citing from the primary text’s (the play) use of visible and offstage “objects” that you believe develop the play’s theme.
5) Paragraphs five and six further develop your defense of your alternative ending by focusing on objects seen and unseen on stage. Use the same approach as above to respond to scholalrly sources.
6) Once your main paragraphs are written, it’s time to go back to the start and compose your introductory paragraph. The introduction is required in the college essay, and of course it goes at the very start of the essay. This paragraph begins with a “hook” or question, a sentence crafted to grab the reader’s interest; the paragraph closes with a thesis statement that presents your big idea, your main claim. So the introductory paragraph includes two key sentences: a “hook” and a thesis claim, which makes this paragraph the hardest to write for many students. But at this stage there’s good news: You’ve already written those two sentences.
The first sentence of the thesis paragraph, the hook, poses a question, a puzzle to interest the reader. You can write this sentence by summing up, in one sentence, the difference between what “they say” and what “you say.” Whatever disagreement was between you and that other writer, that’s the question with which you introduce your essay.
The thesis statement is simply a one-sentence “Although” or “Whereas” format that summarizes what most viewers “see” on stage and adds how the seen and unseen objects you’ve analyzed present an alternative interpretation.
The conclusion paragraph should tie your analysis together by stating how your analysis of both visible and non-visible objects have led you deeper into the play’s theme than the study of visible objects alone.
7) Be sure to give your essay a title that reflects your main idea, your big claim, and entices your reader to want to read your essay.

Type of service: Academic paper writing
Type of assignment: Essay
Subject: English
Pages/words: 4/1100
Number of sources: 6
Academic level: Undergraduate
Paper format: MLA
Line spacing: Double
Language style: US English

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