For each assignment we are emphasizing a different skill: close reading of assigned passages, choosing a dramatic scene and analyzing it, addressing a question and building an argument, moving from paraphrase to interpretation. In your final paper you get to combine the whole skill set. You are free to design your own essay, and you can choose to study one play closely or to track a theme across several texts. As I explain in the more detailed guidance that follows, a good essay will have a bold thesis (large but not TOO large) and also passages where you concentrate on one or two key episodes in detail. My only constraints are, that you meet the minimum page requirement and that you choose your materials from the plays (and sonnets) we have studied in detail: Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It, Henry the fourth and fifth, richard the second, julius caesar, Hamlet.