After his success in wooing Lady Anne (in front of the coffin of her father-in-law, no less),Richard delights in finding that his physical deformity somehow becomes an erotic asset, obviouslyfueled by his growing personal and political power. Can we view Richards quest for the throne interms of an erotic trajectoryand if so, at what point in the play is that deflated? Considerbringing into your discussion one or more of the following: the Instructors Study Guide for TheTragedy of King Richard the Third; Jean E. Howards essay, Shakespearean History; and StephenGreenblatts introductory essay, Richard III.Your essay should be in the form of a well-reasoned argument (clearly-framed thesis statementdeveloped by well-articulated points and supporting evidence) that makes specific use of theprimary text as well as suggested secondary materials. You may, of course, bring other secondarysources into your writing, but be sure they are of high quality. The text of the essay must not exceed four pages in length. Because of space limitations, youshould avoid using quotations that take up more than three lines or so (such brief quotations willbe part of your text). You will need a separate Works Cited page that includes, in proper MLA form, entries for the playand all other sources actually used in the paper. The paper should have a content-specific title, one that includes the title of the play,Shakespeares name, and the general direction of the essays content. An ineffective title, becauseof its vagueness, would be something like Richards Ambition (Richard who? Ambition for what?What literary work?). A better title, because it is more specific, would be The Erotic Nature ofRichards Ambition in Shakespeares Richard III. (Paper titles are not enclosed in doublequotation marks, of course.) All quotations must be introduced properly; that is, quotations must fit into your sentences bothgrammatically and syntactically. Provide context for each quotation from the primary text(s) andcomment on their significance in terms of the point you are making. Your reader needs to know atwhat point in the narrative something happens and other important circumstances! Quotations from Shakespeares plays and other sources should be cited parenthetically (i.e.,internally).Note: Quotations from Shakespeares plays are cited by act, scene, and line number(s)not pagenumbers. Important: The citation for the quotation from an essay on Richard III givenabove1.3.334-36is correct; I.iii.334-36 would be incorrect.
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