LINK TO SCRIPT: MUST READ TO COMPLETE AND ANSWER QUESTIONS FOR THE ESSAY
Here are the specifics for your essay:
Intro: We often hear people talk about The United States as the “melting pot.” The overarching question: Is a real “melting pot” an accurate description of how different immigrants settled into the United States in the past and continue to settle into the United States? The term has been misused for so long that the online dictionaries we all often use provide an incorrect definition for the term. We want to talk about the real melting pot idea that actually comes from metallurgy in the era the play was written, the early 1900s. Gradually, the term has come to mean any country with many different cultures. That is what you will find when you look up the term in an online or modern dictionary, but the original meaning of the word was something much more dramatic. You need to use and write about the original meaning.
After you have read Script Analysis, here are some guiding questions:
First, what does “melting pot” or “crucible,” (another word for it) mean? Please define that term. What does “fusion” mean and does it apply here? What about assimilation? What about pluralism?
Second, what happens to the thrown into the melting pot? Were (or, today, are) Americans willing to be “thrown into” the melting pot with new immigrants? Why or why not?
Third, in the play there is a love relationship but what happens to it? Please look at this relationship to assess whether an immigrant is “cleansed” of his or her past from the old country when he or she comes to America.
Fourth, what are the issues and conflicts that are portrayed in this play, for there are many!
Fifth, what did the young couple in this play decide to do and why?
Sixth, what have you learned about the situations faced by immigrants when they come to live in the United States, in the past and now. Do they start over with a clean slate? Please explain your answer and discuss the complexities (issues, difficulties) of immigration that you find in the play.
Seventh, in particular, please define and contrast assimilation, fusion, and pluralism and assess the play in terms of each of these theoretical viewpoints.
Finally, at the end of your essay please discuss what was new to you and if and in what ways this play has caused you to view immigrants and the immigrant experience differently.
Please focus on the meaning of this amazing slice of the immigrant experience. Why do people immigrate? Do immigrants leave their past behind? What is the immigrant experience like? Please discuss the story, the characters and how they change. What was Israel Zangwill hoping to teach us in the play?
Please write an essay of around 3 to 4 pages, double-spaced.
|Due By (Pacific Time)
||09/30/2015 09:00 pm