There is a required research element in your response (so you are encouraged to explore and demonstrate some knowledge of prevailing criticism), but the essay should also be individual and personal in approach, offering your perspective of the text, and demonstrating your understanding and appreciation. Your essay must show proficiency with using secondary sources, via paraphrase and direct quotation, and you must punctuate (using quotation marks) and accurately cite the source using MLA format. Aim for a 1500 (minimum) word paper, double spaced, single sided (show the word count on the essay). Use Times New Roman 12 as your font of choice, and MLA style documentation. There must be a supporting research element from the databases (minimum four sources) or library in any of the following questions. Use one appropriate scholarly web-source (do not use Wikis or study sites like Gradesaver, Enotes, Bookrags, Schmoop, etc.). The essay should still be individual with a strong thesis claim (do not just parrot what other writers say). Be sure to quote sparingly but appropriately from the original story text (primary source), and the critical articles (secondary sources), but make sure that your writing dominates the essay, and you control and shape the argument and ideas. Show that you are able to shape a strong thesis; develop elements of a major argument (with support); use quotation and paraphrase accurately (including correct punctuation and MLA documentation); and participate in a scholarly conversation where you contribute and offer an authoritative opinion of our own.
How does either Trifles, or Othello explore gender issues?
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