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Love and Transgression - Shakespeare Assessment
Tips and Advice


Tips and Advice | Best Scenes to Write About | Who's Who in Twelfth Night | Nightstick Productions 1996 - Music and Set Choices

Some advice towards improving your assessments.

1. Elizabethan Era

In order to achieve Proficient in this section, you need to:

a and b. Research

- Reveal the essential facts about your person.

- Reveal what that person had to do with Shakespeare and the theatre.

- Ideally, quote from 3 - 4 different sources, because they would reveal different parts of their personality and lives.

c. Understand just how that person would have reacted to certain scenes in Twelfth Night.

- Would he/she have laughed?

- Would she/he think them terrible?

- Might they like the representation of love or transgression?

- What would they think of how the scene should be acted? (you dont have to do staging, but you can if you like)

- What would they think of the words Shakespeare uses? (remember, they were all familiar with it in those days).

- This is where your research comes in. After you look at the research, you will have a better idea of their personalities, and their position in society. The latter has a huge influence over how people view theatre.

- Last of all, consider who the letter is to. It can be anyone Shakespeare himself, or a rival of Shakespeare. The audience decides the tone of the letter aggressive, positive, etc.

2. Modern Era

Step One. You must analyse three interesting scenes. This means understanding what is going on in that scene, so you can explain the scene in the assessment.

Step Two. Explain why Shakespeare uses certain words to express things. Use the glossary in your texts, as well as the explanatory notes.

Step Three. The only restriction on how the scenes could be staged is your imagination. You can put the scenes anywhere inside or outside. Think of the props you could add, as well as the music. The better the match with the meaning of the scene, the higher the mark.

Step Four. You can see how Shakespeare can be related to the modern world through the idea in Twelfth Night, including:
a. Love can be messed up, hesitant and confusing.
b. Transgression is still alive and well today.
c. Or, any other view you have of Shakespeare.

Finally, a note on newspaper features. They are a less formal form of the essay, which still has:
- An introduction that shows the ideas to be written about.
- One point per body paragraph.
- Discussion of the point in the paragraph.
- Quotes to support that point.
- A conclusion.

However, a newspaper feature article can include mention of I, and this is your personal opinion, but formalised.

Good luck.

N.B. Note on plagiarism. Plagiarism (taking ideas from another source and reproducing them as if they were your ideas) is illegal. If you are using Spark Notes, please remember to use them only as support for your own ideas. Also, it is better to sound like yourself in an assessment than as someone attempting to emulate Spark Notes.