Responding to an Essay Prompt


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Responding to an Essay Prompt

  1. 1. Responding to an essayprompt Incorporate or restate the prompt inyour thesis Answer the question with your idea oropinion The thesis should be a completesentence with one main idea The thesis is the point you want toargue and support.
  2. 2. Responding to a prompt 1. The play demonstrates the limits thethree women characters are subjected toas women of the Shakespearian era.Desdemona, Emilia and Bianca arestrong characters that often challengethese limitations but can also present aspassive, naïve, submissive, andvictimized stereotypes. What do these contrarieties revealabout how female gender roles arehandled in the play?
  3. 3.  The contrarieties in the femalecharacters’ behavior in the playOthello reveal their struggle with thelimits placed on women in theShakespearean era. The contrarieties in the femalecharacters’ behavior in the playOthello reveal Shakespeare’s attemptat exposing the limitations of thefemale gender roles during this era.
  4. 4. Responding to a prompt 2. The play presents Othello astragically flawed, thus identifying himas a “tragic hero”. He demonstratesthese characteristics throughout thedrama. Iago is able to manipulatethese flaws to bring about Othello’sdemise. Is Othello a tragic hero? What dohis actions, thoughts and deedsreveal about the nature of this“hero”?
  5. 5.  In the play Othello, the actions,thoughts and deeds of the protagonistOthello reveal the character to be theepitome of tragic hero. In the play Othello, Othello’s pride,insecurities and great fall from gracereveal the character to be a classictragic hero.