write about a play in your opinion essay

please see the play Sweeney Todd and answer one of the questions following the instruction thanks

Two major things I base grades on:

A) Focus — Your paper shouldn’t have a single sentence that’s not about your specific topic, not even in an opening paragraph. No general discussion of the show, and nothing you would only know by researching. Also — If you want to write about something other than my suggested topic, that’s possible, but you need to run it by me first.

B) Support — This is the main thing. For this class, the support for your ideas will generally come from a very specific place: the song lyrics. That’s because musicals tend to deal with their intended themes most specifically within their songs. Use the songs themselves to back up your points, using quoted lyrics from the songs in the body of your paper. (In this way you are clearly showing us what you mean, not just asking us to take your word for it. When you use the show’s own words to support your points, it’s hard for any reader to argue with you.)

Technical guidelines for any lyric-quoting within your paper. I will hold you to doing these correctly! (And you can see examples of correct lyric-quoting in the two sample papers I’ve attached.)

* All quoted lyrics are indented TWO TABS from the left margin (as opposed to when you start new paragraphs, which are indented only one tab).

* As a general rule, indent all quoted lyrics in this way, no matter how long they are, even if they are only a single line. Lyrics are like poetry — each line of the lyrics should go on its own separate line in your quotation. (See the sample papers attached here for examples of this.)

* Continue to double-space within each quotation, no different from the rest of your paper. Also regular double-spacing before and after your quotation. No extra spaces before or after.

* No quotation marks around indented quotes. (The indenting is enough — it already tells us that you’re quoting.)

* No citation necessary for any of these quotes — the lyrics are all from the show, the title of which you’re already letting us know within the body of your paper. You definitely don’t need to cite the website where you found the lyrics — they don’t own the lyrics. The show does.

* Do not quote entire songs!! Only quote as much material from the lyrics as you are going to specifically talk about.

* Names of shows are written in italics (Sweeney Todd). Names of songs are written in quotation marks (“Not While I’m Around”).

(Please take a careful look at the two sample papers I’m attaching here — I’m sending them specifically as good examples of how to handle quoted material within a paper. In general, the more you use lyrics from the show to back up your points, the more effective your paper is going to be.)

2) As I said above, attached are the two sample papers — both were written a couple of semesters ago, about the show Oklahoma! Please take a careful look at them — I’m sending them specifically as good examples of how to handle quoted material within a paper. In general, the more you use lyrics from the show to back up your points, the more effective your paper is going to be. These papers should help you in understanding the way to use lyrics to support your ideas, and they are also good examples of how to format lyric quotations in your paper. They’re also not bad papers, but I’m primarily sending them to you simply as models of how to use lyrics as support.

3) Last, here are three suggested topics for the Sweeney Todd paper, if you’re planning to write this one. (Remember, if you don’t write a paper on Sweeney Todd, then you MUST write one on Sunday in the Park with George.)

A) Discuss how Sweeney Todd intentionally subverts traditional stories of good and evil. How are traditional narrative themes such as heroic virtue, the power of love and the clear distinction between good and evil undermined by this musical? (You don’t have to talk about all three of those themes, but you should try to deal with at least two of them.)

B) Discuss the use of irony (situational and/or dramatic) in Sweeney Todd. Examine at least three specific instances of irony in this musical (at least one of which should be a song), and talk about how these ironic moments, scenes or situations impact the way an audience views the show.

C) Throughout popular culture, audiences have a tendency of rooting for revenge. Why do you think this is? How does Sweeney Todd make use of the concept of revenge as a way of encouraging us to identify with Sweeney?

If you want to send me something to take a look at in advance, feel free. But give me at least 24 hours to get back to you.

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