IMPORTANT NOTE: Your instructor will assign a play for the class to read and will post the information as a Week 3 Announcement (i.e., aasigned play is the follow (Trifles by Susan Glaspell).
Prompt: The setting (space, place, and time) forms the backdrop and defines the atmosphere for a play. Settings sometimes symbolically present plot and character issues. For example, a locked door could represent an obstacle within a character’s life. At other times, the setting can limit or permit the characters’ actions.
Think about the setting in the play you read. Consider these aspects:
Physical space in which the story is placed (confined or open, small or large, limited to one place or not)
Cultural and social landscape in which the story is situated
Time in which the action takes place (time of day, year, era, or century)
Stage directions, including lighting, music, and placement of props
Discuss the setting and stage directions in the play you read. Does the setting produce certain responses from the audience? In what ways does the setting influence the events? Does the setting constrain or liberate the characters? How does the setting reflect the central ideas of the play?
Tips: Remember to provide evidence for your claims in the form of quoted passages from the play. Quotations, paraphrases, and summaries should be cited according to APA rules of style, including in-text and reference citations. Quoted material should not exceed 25% of the document.
Check grammar and spelling before posting.
Your replies to classmates should be at least a paragraph in length and made with an eye to expand, clarify, defend, and/or refine their thoughts.
Consider asking questions to further meaningful conversation. Participation must be completed by the end of the week to earn credit.
This week, we will examine the elements of drama, including the following: speech, setting, plot, and character. With your classmates, you will read and discuss an assigned play, and in your final assignment of the week, you will write a literary analysis on the play.
IMPORTANT: The play we will be reading and discussing this week will be Trifles by Susan Glaspell.
In our weekly discussion, your response will focus on the setting and stage directions in that assigned play, and in our weekly essay, you will analyze the assigned play through the elements of character, symbol, or theme. Since plays are meant to be performed and viewed by an audience, it is recommended that you not only read the script and stage directions but also locate an online performance to view the drama as it is brought to life on stage. Now, the curtain is going up….
Your Learning Objectives for the Week:
Apply critical reading, thinking, and writing skills to literary works such as fiction, drama, and poetry, analyzing, interpreting, and evaluating their arguments, points of view, and multiple meanings.
Express, illustrate, and defend claims about literary works in discussions and in analytical essays, using one’s own interpretation, textual evidence, and critical approaches, as appropriate.
Demonstrate an understanding of the privacy, security, and ownership of information located through the use of correct APA documentation.