Shakespeare Course Mrs. Sysko Summer Reading Questions 2011
Tom Stoppard’s Shakespeare in Love
Write one well-‐structured, cogent, and polished essay, two to four pages in length, determining whether the characterization of Will Shakespeare is more comedic or tragic. Which of these monikers would you argue is the more convincing or appropriate to describe the character’s particular problems, worldview, and resolution in the screenplay. Be sure to consider whether or not the character experiences a transformation, the degree to which his societal context guides his actions, and his relationships to other characters. Use textual evidence in your essay (and, if desired, feel free to employ facts and/or quotations from the Bryson book in your response). Use the correct MLA parenthetical citation formatting for your quotation citations.