What is an argumentative essay?
An argumentative essay is a category of essay for which a student must select and research a topic, determine a position on said topic, and provide evidence with which to support and defend their position.
William Shakespeare revolutionized the ways in which authors gain their readers' attention. One of Shakespeare's many additions to literary style and technique was the breaking of the fourth wall. The breaking of the fourth wall refers to a character's direct address to the reader. See the passage below for an example. "If we shadows have offended, Think but this, and all is mended, That you have but slumber'd here While these visions did appear. And this weak and idle theme, No more yielding but a dream, Gentles, do not reprehend: if you pardon, we will mend: And, as I am an honest Puck, If we have unearned luck Now to 'scape the serpent's tongue, We will make amends ere long; Else the Puck a liar call; So, good night unto you all. Give me your hands, if we be friends, And Robin shall restore amends." Puck. in Shakespeare. "A Midsummer Night's Dream". In what ways is Shakespeare's use of breaking the fourth wall applied in modern day entertainment?
William Shakespeare's practice of breaking the fourth wall has been used in television and cinema. Some modern day examples include Malcolm in the Middle, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and House of Cards.
List several literary devices that can be useful when interpreting a text.
Allusions, foreshadowing, metaphors/similes,and analogies