A fantastic blog post from a PhD student and teacher at Edinburgh, giving advice on how to write successful critical essays at undergraduate level – not far off the expectations for this Advanced Higher course.
Tomorrow, we’ll be completing a lit. study essay – it will be open book, so notes/plans/books are allowed. The question is:
“Drama explores the local and the universal . . .”
Discuss some of the principal means by which a playwright explores the “local and the universal” in any two plays.
Points to consider:
- Old vs New South and how this is represented in the plays.
- Homosexuality and attitudes to this – how the dramas mirror this.
- Gender roles within the plays.
- Mendacity in relation to sexuality/gender – how is it relevant and/or or necessary?
All in all, the response should analyse the texts, but also explore how Williams uses them to make wider comments about society.
Below are some readings which will be helpful in developing your understanding and analysis:
Here are the notes for today’s lesson – please ensure that when reading these, you use the play and develop your own interpretation and analysis. Remember, these notes are a suggested guide to guide your own evaluation of the texts.
The context of the plays and when they were written is important to our interpretation of them – be sure that, like Plath, you avoid generalisations within this, and are specific should it form part of your analysis in lit. study responses.
PowerPoint below, with the research you should be completing:
Article Person-to-Person: Tennessee Williams to be read as part of this:
Folks, I am ill, an therefore can’t really speak. Please read these notes and take your own, adding quotations from the play to support your points.cat-on-a-hot-tin-roof-act-2
Make sure you read over these notes on Act 1 for tomorrow:
Please discuss and answer these questions in PAIRS.
Reading for today’s lesson – if you’re taking your extra time to complete the lit. study essay from yesterday, then please have this read for tomorrow’s lesson.
Today’s PowerPoint, folks.
We will also be completing a Lit. Study question on Wednesday 22nd February under timed conditions. The question you should plan to answer is:
Discuss the effectiveness of staging, lighting and sound in the dramatic presentation of the central concerns in A Streetcar Named Desire.