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You will discuss how all of these elements work together in King Lear. Please write a five-page essay that does the following: 1) Briefly define Shakespearean tragedy, the genre of King Lear (using Wikipedia for this is fine); 2) Then explain how King Lear fits this definition; and 3) Discuss how setting, themes, characterization, and genre work together in a mutually supporting way. (We have also learned about imagery; you are not required to discuss that in this paper, but are welcome to do so if it seems relevant to your main point.)
Tips for getting the best grade: 1) Spend most of your time on item 3 above. King Lear is a very clear and definitive example of Shakespearean tragedy, so you should be able to define the genre and show how King Lear fits that definition in about one page. 2) Make specific, concrete claims and back them with evidence from the text. This essay prompt tends to invite some students to make very fuzzy claims that don’t mean much – e.g., “The characterization really helps to move the plot and themes along.” You want to avoid this. How exactly do these aspects fit or work together? 3) Refer to moments in the plot as needed, but don’t spend time summarizing the plot. If you say “the scene in which Gloucester is blinded,” I will know exactly what and where you mean. There is no need to tell me the plot leading up to that moment or to repeat in detail who does what. (Note, however, that if you are conducting a close analysis of the language or events of a scene, a longer quote from the text is warranted; just avoid long quotations that only document the plot, which you can assume your reader already knows.) 4) Avoid lengthy sections explaining that Shakespeare was a great author who really knew how to handle plot, characterization, and so forth.