Project #83897 - 5 paragraph persuasive essay on Macbeth

English 12A: Macbeth Persuasive Essay (Unit 3, Lesson 6 & 11)

Your assignment: Write a 5 paragraph (double spaced) persuasive essay with the following elements: (1) strong thesis statement at the end of your introduction, (2) clear topic sentences for each body paragraph, (3) each body paragraph provides arguments in support of your thesis, (4) provide textual support for each of your claims.

Your topic:

Use one of the following prompts to serve as the basis for your persuasive essay:

1. Select a “secondary” character (Banquo, Macduff, Malcolm) and analyze the way in which he or she serves as a foil to a central character and thus help to expand your understanding by contrast. (A foil is a character who enhances another through contrast). You could also theoretically use Lady Macbeth as a secondary character to Macbeth.

2. Does power corrupt automatically? Apply this famous expression to the events and characters in Macbeth. You can focus on a single character or several. You may take the position that it always corrupts, never corrupts, or sometimes corrupts, but be sure to provide textual support.

3. Is Macbeth a tragedy of fate or of character? In determining your position on this, consider whether the witches play a central or collateral role in shifting the ambitions and actions of the play’s characters. 

Formatting: As always, please use MLA formatting, which means...(1) Font - 12pt. Times New Roman, (2) Heading - Name, Instructor Name, Course, Date (i.e. Joe Student, Mrs. Tara Burge, English 11A, September 3, 2011) in the upper left hand of the first page only; Title is centered on the first page only with no underlining or bold used, (3) Spacing - double spaced throughout, no extra spaces used in between paragraphs.

Scoring: See Persuasive Writing Rubric linked in Lesson 6 in Unit 3.

Avoid Plagiarism: In this persuasive essay, you will need to present information from the text of Macbeth to support your argument. In doing so, be sure to place direct quotes around any material taken word for word from the text. Also, be sure to specify where this quote is coming from (Act, Scene, and line numbers). This info can be written in your sentence, as in this example: In Act I, Scene 2, lines 15-16, Banquo says, “….. “

Or, you can give the citation at the end of your sentence, as in: Banquo says, “………….” (I.2.15-16)

Tip: Do not just drop in sources without explaining and making connections for your reader. In other words, the reader should clearly understand how this part of the text is illustrating and supporting your claim. Make clear connections, associations, explanations, etc. for your reader, so they will follow your argument. Don’t just throw in quote after quote and expect the quotes to speak for themselves.

 

Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 09/28/2015 12:00 am
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