My chosen play is The Twelfth Night and my theme is Deception. I. Introduction –


My chosen play is The Twelfth Night and my theme is Deception.
I. Introduction – In this section, you will introduce the theme and play you have chosen to explore and explain why you have chosen both. Introduce your
theme and play using scholarly resources to provide Elizabethan context for each. Lastly, you will construct a thesis that you will defend throughout the
paper regarding what makes the theme enduring.
A. Identify and describe the theme to be analyzed, utilizing scholarly resources.
B. Provide an overview for the theme’s Elizabethan context, utilizing scholarly resources. Consider social and cultural issues related to the theme.
C. Introduce the play and briefly describe its context within Elizabethan culture.
D. Compose a clear and concise thesis that explains why the theme you have chosen is enduring.
II. Theme – In this section, you will explore the treatment of the theme in the play you have chosen as well as the other plays you have read throughout
the term (Henry V, The Taming of the Shrew, and/or Hamlet). You will also explore the play in its Elizabethan context to discuss why Shakespeare may have chosen to write about the theme in the first
place.
A. Analyze the play in light of Shakespeare’s relationship with Elizabethan culture. For example, you might consider historical, social, and cultural
elements that are evident in his work, and how he treats them.
B. Based on your thesis, analyze the treatment of the theme in the play. For example, you might consider how Shakespeare uses characters,
settings, and plot to communicate the theme to his audience.
C. Explain the influence of this work in Elizabethan culture. Support your explanation with examples. For example, what do you think the audiences
and critics thought of it? Did it influence the culture in any way, immediately or eventually, as far as scholarship indicates?
D. Explain how the theme is represented in other Shakespearean works you have read this term. Support your explanation with examples.
III. Contemporary Context – In this section, you will analyze examples in contemporary culture where your theme endures. These examples can be anything
from short stories to modern interpretations of Shakespeare’s original work.
A. Select examples of twentieth or twenty-first-century contemporary culture that are representative of Shakespeare’s enduring theme.
B. Explain how each contemporary example is representative of the theme. For example, is the example an interpretation of the theme, or does it
present the theme as it was originally presented?
C. Compare and contrast twentieth or twenty-first-century contemporary representations of the theme with original representations. For example,
consider what changes were made, if any, to communicate the theme to a modern-day, contemporary audience.
IV. Conclusion – In this section, you will make conclusions about how enduring themes represented in Shakespeare’s work have shaped his legacy. Be sure
to reflect on what you have written up to this point and what you discussed in class.
A. Based on your thesis, explain why the theme endures. Support your explanation with scholarly sources.
B. Explain why Shakespeare’s legacy endures in contemporary culture. Support your explanation with the qualities that have allowed it to endure
in the first place.
C. Make predictions about the future of Shakespeare’s legacy based on the qualities that have allowed it to endure.
The paper must be submitted as a 4- to 6-page Microsoft Word document with double spacing, 12-point Times New Roman font,
one-inch margins, and at least three sources cited in MLA format.
Attached are documents already submitted for this class with information that may help. I just had a new baby and couldn’t get out of taking this class so things are difficult right now.


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