SETTING (Time & Place)--note if setting changes/why
PRECÌS-a very short summary (75 words max)
MAJOR CHARACTERS—identify/describe, relationship(s), purpose (i.e. foil, archetype, protagonist, etc.)
MINOR CHARACTERS OF SIGNIFICANCE—same information as Major Characters (some essay questions focus on minor characters!)
SIGNIFICANT SYMBOLS/MOTIFS—list, explain significance, connotations, etc. NOTE: You must include references for BOTH symbol AND motif!
THEME(S)—Note any prominent contextual, universal, and/or archetypal themes; then write a thesis statement that addresses ONE of your listed themes—be sure to include all required components of a thesis
SIGNIFICANT QUOTATION(S): Choose at least one—COPY CORRECTLY and provide correct parenthetical citation. Then in a brief paragraph, explain one quotation’s context (speaker, situation, etc.) clearly as well as its significance not only to the specific context, but also to the work as a whole.
UNIQUE STYLISTIC ELEMENTS CONNECTED TO THE WORK ITSELF—i.e. drama--key elements; or stylistic devices, such as gnomon, flashback, framing story, etc.; briefly explain how each contributes to the greater understanding of the work itself.
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