Theater Analysis Essay Read through all of the information below before starting work! Background: For this assignment, you will be writing an analysis of the play A Doll’s House by Ibsen. Thinking about the deeper meaning of the play is required. You’re NOT writing about whether or not you personally liked the play, nor are you simply offering a summary of the play’s plot. You may be creative with your interpretation, but you must demonstrate that you are engaging with the course materials and the primary source (the play) by including specific examples from the performance and the text to support your assertions and by following proper MLA citation procedures. You must also read chapters 12 and 16 from the textbook on the philosophical concepts of happiness and freedom. Please review the difference between plot summary and analysis here: Overview of Summary versus Analysis and here: Literary Analysis vs. Plot Summary vs. Plot Interpretation Grading: Review the rubric attached to the dropbox before completing your work. Review the Essay Assignment Guidelines. Required Word Count: This assignment requires a minimum of 750 words, excluding any quoted material. An accurate word count must be included in the heading. Please note, to successfully complete this assignment, you will need extensive direct evidence from the play (performance/text) and supporting evidence from chapters 12 and/or 16; this means you’ll need quotations, so you’re total word count (including your words and your evidence) should exceed 750 words. Materials: Students will need to screen A Doll’s House by Ibsen (see link above) before completing the assignment. Students will also need to complete their reading of Chapter 7, as well as their reading Chapters 12 and 16 in the textbook to complete this assignment. Students will need to make direct reference to the production they screened in order to successfully complete the assignment. Instructions Preparation: Before beginning, be sure you’ve completed all the required readings (chs 7, 12, & 16) and screened A Doll’s House. Prompt: At the end of A Doll’s House, Nora leaves her family because she realizes she does not know herself as an individual. In your textbook, Chapter 12 deals with the concept of happiness, and chapter 16 deals with the concept of freedom. For this assignment you will compose an essay in which you answer the following question: Does Nora leave to find happiness, freedom, or both? In your essay you must integrate the following in your analysis: You must define happiness and/or freedom using one of the theories discussed in either chapter 12 or 16.


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