Essay Three: Lorraine Hansberry and an Outside Source(s) Format and Requirement

Essay Three: Lorraine Hansberry and an Outside Source(s)
Format and Requirements: 4-5 pages, double-spaced, Times New Roman font, 1-inch margins, no cover page, third-person pronouns only
In Lorraine Hansberry’s play “A Raisin in the Sun,” she gives an inside look into the dynamics of an African American family living in the 1950s. The Civil Rights Movement is in the middle of its campaign for change and equality in America, and the Younger family is learning how they best fit into their community in Chicago. As with all stories, the individual characters give the audience different viewpoints on plot and character dynamics. According to The Seagull Book of Plays, “You analyze characters in a play much the same way you analyze people in life. At first, you react to them spontaneously. Gradually, as each character acts, speaks, and develops (or doesn’t develop), you modify your first impression to create a more complex sense of each character’s nature” (xix). There are many ways to define a character:
Sympathetic Characters – Characters the audience wishes well and feels sorry for when they suffer
Unsympathetic Characters – Characters with whom you are not meant to sympathize
Dynamic Characters – Characters who change through the course of the play
Static Characters – Characters who remain the same throughout the play
Protagonist – Character with the most focus (i.e., main character or “hero” – Harry Potter)
Antagonist – Character against the protagonist (i.e., “villain” – Lord Voldemort)
Assignment Objectives:
Write an essay in which you choose a character from “A Raisin in the Sun” to analyze his/her role in the play based on his/her type of character. The thesis statement should include your chosen character as well as the character type of which you are defining that character. Use specific details from Hansberry’s play and at least one credible outside source to dive into that character’s role in the play. You are allowed to use more outside sources.
Criteria for Evaluation:
Argument: Argument directly and fully answers the prompt; is clearly stated early in the paper; is original, compelling and logical, avoiding absolute claims
Evidence: Appropriate amount of relevant, accurate, and justifiably interpreted quotation. Quotations are thoroughly introduced, explained, analyzed, and connected to argument/other texts. Possible counter-arguments are considered. Includes required number and types of sources.
Organization: Paragraphs maintain argumentative focus, exclude extraneous information, appear in a logical order, and transition smoothly. Introduction sets forth argument and goals of essay. Conclusion opens up avenues for future research.
Audience: Consistent, academic tone. Appropriate amount of contextual information, anticipating audience questions. Addresses significant issues and makes them important to audience.
Grammar and Format: Errors in grammar, spelling, and usage limited or non-existent. Correct MLA format, including proper quotation citation.

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