Your Task: Write an analytical essay on The Bacchae and Medea using a lens to form your position.
Write a critical essay in which you discuss two works of literature you have read from the particular perspective of the statement that is provided for you in the Critical Lens. In your essay, provide a valid interpretation of the statement, agree or disagree with the statement as you have interpreted it, and support your opinion using specific references to appropriate literary elements from the two works.
Critical Lens Bank (CHOOSE ONE)
Be sure to
• Provide a valid interpretation of the critical lens that clearly establishes the criteria for analysis
• Indicate whether the two texts support or refute your interpretation.
• Discuss Medea and The Bacchae through your interpretation of the lens.
• Use the criteria suggested by the critical lens to analyze the works you have chosen
• Avoid plot summary. Instead, use specific references to appropriate literary elements (for example: theme, characterization, setting, point of view) to develop your analysis. [TIP: one way to ensure that you are not falling into plot summary is to introduce points in a non-chronological way.]
• Organize your ideas in a unified and coherent manner
• Specify the titles and authors of the literature you choose. Titles to long works are italicized.
• Follow the conventions of standard written English. Avoid “I” and use formal writing. Do not use contractions.
Steps in Writing
BODY PARAGRAPHS: Literary elements
WORK #1 Work #2
Compare similarities and differences in the ways each work of literature/character connect to your interpretation of the lens.
CRITICAL LENS ESSAY CHECKLIST
INTRODUCTION Read your introduction and check off if successfully completed:
1. Sentence one: use the critical lens. Indent and don't forget to include quotation marks.
2. Sentence two: interpret the critical lens. Write down what it means to you using the third person (i.e. avoid using first person expressions like "I think.")
3. Sentence three: convey whether or not you disagree or agree with the critical lens without using the first person (example: "I agree" or "I disagree"). Instead, you may use the following: "This statement is true/untrue." OR "The critical lens is flawed/accurate," etc.
4. Sentence four: mention the title and author and genre of the pieces of literature you will be using.
5. Mention the literary elements that the author primarily uses to support your opinion regarding the critical lens.
6. Construct a thesis (controlling idea) that presents a point you will prove in the essay.
NOTE: Sentences four and five may be combined.
Read your body paragraph (s) and check off if successfully completed:
1. Include the following in your topic sentences: the literary element
the title and author of the text a reference to the critical lens
2. Use 2-3 examples from the text that support your opinion.
3. Develop your examples; provide specific details.
4. Use transitions between each example.
5. Make sure that the last sentence in your body paragraph sums up your points.
Read your conclusion and check off is successfully completed
1. Mention the title (s) and author (s) of literature used in essay.
2. Connect this to the universal truths theme.