Write an essay that explores how and why key elements such as character or symbols from the drama “Simply MarÃa, or The American Dream” (1988) by Josefina LÃ³pez relate to one or two of the themes (Love, Alienation/Otherness, The American Dream/Nightmare, The Quest for Identity/Coming of Age, or Conformity/Rebellion) in a particular way, using the source â€œGender Studies” by Michael Ryan. Some important contexts you may to consider are:
-The cultural context
-The time period in which the drama was written (vs. the one in which it is set, if applicable)
Your essay should incorporate details and quotes from the play (using parenthetical documentation with the playwright’s name), integrate them logically and grammatically, and you should use your own words to elaborate on the function and meaning of the details and quotes you use as evidence.
Incorporate at least one quote or paraphrase from â€œGender Studies” by Michael Ryan.
Be sure to include an in-text parenthetical citation for your sources as well as a bibliographic citation in MLA format for your Works Cited page.
Be sure to maintain an appropriate academic tone (no slang, second-person [“you,” “we”], contractions, etc.)
Ensure that your work is scrupulous in its citations and adheres to the standards of academic honesty. If you use any ideas, information, or words from an outside source, this must be clearly indicated using MLA citations. Only appropriate scholarly sources are needed or encouraged and should be correctly cited. When writing your essay, the goal is to demonstrate what spin the play has on one or two particular themes. Be specific about the ways the theme is used and how the play’s use of time period, character, dialogue, and setting develop a deeper meaning to the theme. Provide details, including cited direct quotes from the play. Don’t forget that you must comment on the quotes you use to explain why they are significant.