THE TALE AS TOLD BY ANOTHER CHARACTER

| June 14, 2018

InstructionsThis should be a close reading essay, and should use as evidence primarily passages from the work or works that you discuss. You may not use ANY outside sources without the instructor’s approval.The essay should be in MLA essay format (see the attached sample essay below) and should have a self-assessment (which should answer these questions) as the first page. A works cited entry and in-text citations for each text discussed are required.Analytical essays should be focused on making a debatable claim about the work in question; creative essays should be focused on presenting a work or kind of work from a different angle. Informational essays or essays consisting of summary are not appropriate for either type of essay. Both types of essay should be supported with discussion of specific passages from the text(s) on which the essay is focused. The essay grading rubric can be found here for the analytical choices, and here for the creative choices.DISCLAIMER: Originality of attachments will be verified by Turnitin. Both you and your instructor will receive the results.Choose 1 of the following topics from either the Analytical or Creative categories. For the analytical choices, be sure to write a thesis-driven essay in response to the topic. Creative choices should be written as narratives.Analytical ChoicesWho Painted the Lion? Chaucer’s Wife of Bath, as she describes her own life and marriages in her prologue, points out the problem that stories about women seem to have been mostly written by men: “Who painted first the lion, tell me who?” (Chaucer 816). Many of these, she opines, are negative, and the implication is that it would be different if women were writing the stories themselves. Choose 1 female character from the tales (not a pilgrim from the prologues) in The Canterbury Tales or from any of our other earlier readings, and make a claim about whether this female figure is positive, negative, or neutral. Use only passages from the story itself (and, if you’re writing on a part of The Canterbury Tales, the tale-teller’s prologue) to support your position.The Return of Greek Mythology: The setting of “The Knight’s Tale” is ancient Greece, and it may be tempting to compare this story to The Iliad. Think back to our Week 2 reading and compare the heroic ideals depicted in The Iliad with the heroic ideals depicted in “The Knight’s Tale.” Can we read “The Knight’s Tale” as being a direct reflection of the heroic ideals we find in The Iliad? Why or why not?Judging Other Tales: Choose one important character any one of the works assigned in Weeks 2-5 (choose a single tale if using a work from Weeks 4 or 5), and evaluate him or her using the moral structures set up by Dante in our reading from The Inferno. Leaving aside the character’s religion (which would automatically relegate some characters at least to Limbo), would this character be hell-worthy in Dante’s view? Why or why not?Make your own topic: create your own critical question to answer in your essay. If you choose this topic you must contact the instructor for approval by Thursday of Week 6. Essay submissions with unapproved topics will be returned.Creative ChoicesThe Tale as Told by Another Character: Re-write a story from the point of view of a character other than the original protagonist/main character (you may use any of the fiction—folktales, Chaucerian tales, epics, or drama—for this, but write it as a short story). Make your re-writing no more than 700 words (Part 1), and include a follow-up personal essay of about 200 words (Part 2) that explains why you made the choices you did in presenting the new version of the story.In the Style Of . . . : Choose 1 work from our readings and re-write in the style of another work we read, for instance, re-write part of a folktale as a play, or part of Dante’s Inferno as a folktale. Make your re-writing no more than 700 words (Part 1), and include a follow-up personal essay of at least 200 words (Part 2) that explains why you made the choices you did when re-writing the story.Please contact the instructor with any questions. Beginning the essay early in the week is recommended, as last-minute inquiries may not be answered until after the due date.

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