4A Directions

Today you get to choose the work of art that you get to critique as our final writing assignment on Romeo and Juliet. Take your time browsing and selecting your artwork today. You are working alone on this assignment.

  1. Go to the R&J tab at the top of the page. Click on your scene, scroll to the bottom to look at other options, or, if you read Taming of the Shrew click the link at the bottom of the page. If you read Shrew you can choose any scene from the play to focus on, but you must pick a specific scene.
  2. If you can’t find what you’re looking for on this class website, you may look on the internet. The work of art must be by a professional, though, and you need to know the artist’s name.
  3. Your task is to review how well this artist showed the heart of the original Shakespeare through his or her artwork. This does not mean how “accurate” the artwork is to the text — as we know, this is a play script, so there’s no such thing as “right” or “wrong.” Also, a piece of music can convey what you think is a very accurate version of the scene without including any words or actors. You will answer the following questions: How does the work of art support or contradict your analysis of the scene? In what ways is this a successful representation of the literary elements in the scene? In your essay, you must use at least one (but you may choose up to three) of the following literary elements to compare the art and the scene: characterization, imagery, tone, tension, theme (for example: views of love, the power of loyalty, free will vs. fate, dark vs. light). You may choose one literary element and explore three parts of it. For instance, you could compare three kinds of imagery within one scene. Or you may choose different literary elements. I’m leaving this open to you.

  4. Once you have decided on a work of art to critique, download this document: Art Critique Prewriting. Then upload it into your Google Drive and share it with agarvoille@ycsd.york.va.us . If for some reason you can’t download the document, you can access it here.
  5. Complete the document for your work of art. Due online at the beginning of class Thursday.