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Writing Your Perfect Scene Analysis Paper

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Elementary Usage (pertaining to grammar and punctuation)
1. Do not join independent clauses with a comma. Use a semicolon, or alternatively a conjunction with a comma.
Ex. "Her books are entertaining; they are full of engaging ideas." or "Her books are very entertaining, for they are full of engaging ideas.
2. Use proper case of pronoun, depending on whether it is a subject or object. He/him, she/her, who/whom etc.
3. Mind subject/verb agreement. Ex. "Youth, with its impulses and odd foibles, *is* often a challenging period in a person's life."
4. A participle phrase at the beginning of a sentence must refer to the subject of the sentence. Ex. "Walking slowly down the road, he saw a woman with two children." 'He' is the one walking slowly, not the woman.
Elementary Principles of Composition
1. Your paper must have a design. Plan your design before you begin writing, and keep in mind that it must serve your subject.

2. The paragraph should be the unit of composition. The whole paper treats a subject, and each paragraph addresses a topic pertaining to the subject. Each paragraph break should signal a shift in topic that further develops the paper's subject. Each paragraph should begin with either a transition sentence or a sentence introducing the paragraph's topic.


Ex. For a scene analysis, the subject is a scene from the film
Othello
and your interpretation of it. Each paragraph after your introduction should treat a specific element of your chosen scene that illustrates and develops your interpretation. The development should be linear (don't describe an event that happens near the end of the scene first) and the formal elements of the film neatly compartmentalized to aid the reader's comprehension.
Principles of Composition Continued
1. Use the active voice. "Carla cooked the beans," and not "The beans were cooked by Carla." In the former, the subject performs the action of the sentence. However, the passive voice is appropriate when a certain subject needs to be emphasized. Ex. "Shakespearean drama is highly regarded today" might be preferable to "Today's readers regard Shakespearean drama very highly" in order to emphasize that the primary topic is Shakespearean drama, and not the tastes of modern readers.
2. Put statements in positive form- avoid "not" constructions. Ex. "He was often late" is better than "He was often not on time."
3. Use definite, specific, concrete language.
4. Omit needless words. Instead of "in a hasty manner" write "hastily."
5. Avoid writing too many loose sentences (i.e. two independent clauses connected by a comma/conjunction) in a row.
6. Express coordinate ideas in a similar form.
7. Keep related words together. This allows clarity.
8. When writing summaries, keep to one tense. When describing the events of a narrative literary work, the present tense is usually preferred.

Writing Your Perfect Scene Analysis Paper
With Strunk and White!

Some Matters of Form
1. Avoid colloquialisms and informal language in academic writing.

2. Use MLA style for citations and references.

3. Remember to include a title and heading.

4. Titles of long works are in italics, and short works in quotation marks. Ex.
Othello
and "An Essay About
Othello
."
1. Elementary Usage
2. Elementary Principles of Composition
3. Matters of Form
4. An Approach to Style
Approaches to Style
1. Place yourself in the background

2. Work from a suitable design (it may be helpful to write an outline first)

3. Revise and rewrite.

4. Do not overwrite

5. Do not overuse qualifiers like "rather," "very," "pretty," and "little." Such practices can be a little annoying, rather distracting, pretty wordy, and even very unsuitable.
For the
Othello
scene analysis
1. See pages 7 through 12 on the syllabus for instructions.

2. Select one scene from the play
Othello
and analyze its composition and manner of adaptation in Oliver Parker's film. Your analysis should be 3-4 pages long, and should be submitted to the appropriate Google folder on October 25th before midnight.

3. Be sure to engage with the film
as an adaptation
. Why did the filmmakers' make the formal and aesthetic decisions they did? How are they interpreting Shakespeare's work and its themes?

4. Consider matters of tone, genre, and theme, and how they all interrelate in the film.
Things to Pay Attention To
1. Adaptation strategies (Words of the play vs. the visual and audio mode of the cinema)

2. Interesting shots

3. Plot discrepancies (What has been cut or re-arranged? What has been added?)

4. The film's audio-visual style and use of music.
Any ?
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