ENG 1102 San Diego Community College Emotions in Othello Prove Shakespeare Essay Composition needs to be taken seriously and at least get more than 80% of
ENG 1102 San Diego Community College Emotions in Othello Prove Shakespeare Essay Composition needs to be taken seriously and at least get more than 80% of the marks. Must be more than 95% original. Essay 5: Drama with Research
Mrs. Leigh Johnson
Compose a formal essay one of the prompts or research questions listed below.
Examine the role of jealousy, love, and/or betrayal in the play. You may want to choose only
one character and only one issue.
2. Examine the character and motivation of Iago. Why does he hate Othello so much?
3. Explore the character of Desdemona. What does she represent in the play?
4. Examine the female characters in the play. Do these characters provide an accurate
representation of women in general? You may want to choose only one female character.
5. Consider the role of the handkerchief. How can such a small piece of cloth cause so much
trouble? Is it realistic that this small cloth can cause so much destruction?
6. Examine the relationship between Emilia and Iago and/or Desdemona and Othello. Compare
and Contrast the couples views on love, hate, and marriage.
7. Compare and contrast the issue of loyalty in the play. You may want to focus on one characters
interpretation or misinterpretation of loyalty.
8. Consider the warning from Desdemonas father, Brabantino, to Othello in Act one. Does this
warning foreshadow the events to come? Prove your claims.
9. Examine the role of the setting and/or geography in Othello.
10. Explore the issue of racism toward Othello. You may want to choose one characters racial
discrimination toward Othello.
11. It has been argued that Othello is accessible to modern readers today because of certain issues,
such as racism/prejudice, love, betrayal, and jealousy. Pick one issue and argue why it is
accessible for modern readers.
12. The main characters of this play are in fact Iago and Othello. However, it has been argued that
Iago serves as the protagonist of the play instead of Othello. Choose either Iago or Othello as
the protagonist and argue your reasoning.
13. Emilias role is extremely significant for the resolution of the plot. How does Emilias character
change from stealing the handkerchief, a dishonest deed, to telling the truth about her own
husbands deceit while also implicating her as well?
14. Roderigo is seen as the gullible, wealthy character of the play. Does Roderigos character
change throughout the play as he becomes aware of Iagos deceit?
15. Michael Cassio is a character who knows the importance of reputation. How does his role in
Othello support his claims that reputation is everything to him?
Typed in the basic MLA format
2 scholarly sources as well as the primary source
Annotated Bibliography Due Friday, April 19th
Includes a Works Cited page
1500-2000 words in length
Submit to the turnitin tab provided in Canvas
Due by 11:59pm on Sunday, April 26th
10% Introduction: The student establishes the importance of the literary theme or topic being
analyzed in his/her opening paragraph. The essay uses an anecdote or some research to demonstrate
why the chosen subject is significant to the primary text being analyzed. The introduction insists on
the need to redefine the issue.
15% Thesis: You state in 1-2 sentences your main idea. The thesis is the culmination of your
introduction. The thesis asserts a clear and coherent interpretation of the selected topic.
15% Organization and Development: On a paragraph-by-paragraph basis, the essay uses transition
devices and topic sentences to remind the readers of the basic thesis being argued throughout the
essay. Each paragraph demonstrates a proficiency with literary analysis by explaining cited passages.
Secondary sources (research) are cited to support the students thesis, or as a contrast to it. Each
paragraph is well developed.
15% Research: The essay employs a combination of secondary sources from the Troy University
library catalogue and databases to demonstrate knowledge of existing criticism on the chosen theme
or topic in the work selected.
15% MLA Formatting and Works Cited: The essay demonstrates proficiency with the use of the
parentheses to designate the page of the cited quote from either the primary or secondary source (Act.
Scene. Line), recognizing that MLA does not make use of p. or pg. The student demonstrates
knowledge of when and when not to include the authors last name within the parenthesis. The Works
Cited page demonstrates a commitment to the proper MLA formatting procedures.
10% Conclusion: The student has incorporated a clear conclusion that goes beyond simply
summarizing the topic to include the potential implications of their analysis.
20% Grammar and Mechanics: Your paper avoids basic grammar mistakes, such as fragments,
comma splices, fused sentences, dropped apostrophes in possessives, subject/verb agreement,
arbitrary tense switches, etc. The paper demonstrates a commitment to proofreading by avoiding
easy-to-catch typos and word mistakes (effect for affect, for example). The mistakes from the first
series of essays in the class should disappear on this last essay.
Annotated Bibliography for Research Essay
Mrs. Leigh Johnson
An annotated bibliography is a list of the secondary source materials that you plan to
use in your final research essay. You are required to have at least 2 scholarly, secondary
sources on your annotated bibliography list. Do not include the primary source.
Typed according to the MLA format
At least 2 scholarly, secondary sources (article, book, criticism)
Due Sunday, April 19th by 11:59 PM
Start your annotated bibliography with the citation for the works cited page. The
paragraph that follows the citation should be 3-7 sentences of annotation. In the
paragraph you are to
summarize the source (1-2 sentences)
classify the source (article, book, criticism, publisher)
provide credentials of the author(s) or the source if no author
identify key points within the source that you will use to support or refute your
argument (direct quotes are not necessary; use your own words to summarize)
An example annotation is listed below and in A Writers Reference pg. 432-435
Kakali, Pal, Abigail Smith, Joseph Hayes, and Apu Chakraborty, Othello Syndrome Secondary to Ropinirole:
A Case Study. Case Reports in Psychiatry (2012): 121-123. JSTOR. Web. 25 Mar. 2016.
This article is co-authored by four psychiatry professionals across London, the United Kingdom, and
Canada. It is a report of a case study done on a patient under the care of two of the authors. The fourty-two year
old male patient is diagnosed with Othellos Syndrome, which is based off of William Shakespeares complex
character. Othellos Syndrome has symptoms of enraged jealousy and unfounded accusations of infidelity
towards a spouse; usually always a male accusing his female spouse of outrageous claims, the accused often
suffer verbal and physical abuse. In this reported case of Othellos Syndrome, the patient was treated with an
antidepressant medication and the delusions he was suffering from subsided. If the character, Othello from
William Shakespeares play could have had access to such medication and treatment, the outcome of murdersuicide would have been less likely.
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