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Soliloquy Assignment IB English HL 1 Lampinen Due Wednesday(A)/Thursday(B), May 4/5 Upload to turnitin.

.com by 6am the day its due no hard copy, please. Be green! A soliloquy is a speech delivered alone on stage by a character. In most plays (especially Shakespearean), soliloquies are used to illuminate a characters inner thoughts to the audience. We have read a number of soliloquies in Hamlet, most notably, O, that this too, too sullied flesh would melt and To be or not to be, that is the question. Your job is to assume the identity of a character from Hamlet other than Hamlet. Your character should be conflicted about something that is going on at a specific point in the play (select a specific event for the character to react to). Write a soliloquy that illuminates the characters thoughts, feelings, plans, and motives regarding this scene. For instance, if this assignment were for Romeo and Juliet, you could write a soliloquy from Mercutios perspective about Romeo and Juliets upcoming wedding. Requirements:

Length: 25 40 lines of blank verse (unrhymed iambic pentameter) Include o Antithesis (at least three examples) (this will help demonstrate the inner conflict) o Extended metaphor (at least one example) o Alliteration or assonance (at least three separate examplesthe sound must be repeated at least three times in close proximity to count as alliteration or assonance) Stay true to your character Use Shakespearean language to the best of your ability o No, I dont expect you to master Shakespearean dialect overnight (Of course, if you want to.) o You should, however, make some effort, such as: avoiding contemporary slang, using blank verse, and attempting to pick up on some of the Shakespearean words youve seen this character (or others) use. For example, you can use words such as fie, neer, anon, ere, prithee, counsel, wherefore, thee, thou, doth, etc. Include soliloquy worksheet at the end of the document (download e-copy from my blog [filename: Soliloquy Assignment2012.doc]).

Criteria Speaker character other than Hamlet Inner conflict expressed Correct length Blank verse THE Bard! (Shakespeare) 5 Character from Hamlet other than character Clear demonstration of inner conflict 25 40 lines Skilled use of unrhymed iambic pentameter (10 syllables per line, stress on even syllables) Shows depth of understanding of character your character would really react that way and say those things Skilled integration of Shakespearean language (vocabulary, puns, avoid modern slang, etc.) Three high-quality examples of antithesis that help to highlight your characters internal conflict One high-quality example of an extended metaphor that helps convey meaning in your soliloquy Three high-quality examples of alliteration or assonance (the repeated sound should show up three or more times per example) Explanations are clear, concise, and complete helps understand your thinking Perfect MLA format Title is descriptive and creative A bard :-/ (other poets) 3 Selected Hamlet Some conflict evident 20 24 lines or 41 45 lines Decent use of unrhymed iambic pentameter (ex: has 10 syllables per line but stress may be off) Decent attempt at understanding character maybe not quite believable, but I can see where youre going You put forth a good faith effort. I can see you trying. No bardiness No connection to Hamlet It is unclear what the conflict is <20 or >45 Rhythm? What rhythm? Ummmmm have you read the play? Too modern, very little attempt to emulate Shakespeares language Only one example of antithesis OR pretty weak examples of antithesis Metaphor? Whats that? Sound effects? Huh? Points Earned

True to character

Attempt at Shakespearean language

Antithesis (three examples)

Three just ok examples of antithesis that sort of help highlight the conflict OR two highquality examples You put forth a good faith effort. I can see you trying. You put forth a good faith effort. I can see you trying.

Extended metaphor (one example) Alliteration or assonance (three examples)

Soliloquy worksheet complete and attached

Explanations are ok, but work on communicating more clearly OR the form is incomplete MLA heading and 2-3 mistakes in MLA header, including a title format Title is blah or is a label instead Total (writing grade out of 55 that will be converted to 100 with a scale)
Raw 55 54 53 52 51 50 49 48 Converted 100 98 97 95 94 92 91 89 47 46 45 44 43 42 41 40 39 88 86 85 83 82 80 79 77 76 38 37 36 35 34 33 74 73 71 70 69 68

Really unclear or incomplete More than 3 mistakes in MLA format, title is weak

Name: Soliloquy Worksheet IB English HL 1 Lampinen Please answer the following questions relating to your soliloquy. From what characters perspective are you writing your soliloquy?

What scene is this soliloquy in response to? (provide act and scene numbers, as well as a one-sentence explanation of what happened)

Where is your soliloquy set?

What stage directions are needed in order for your character to play this part correctly?

What conflict is your character going through?

List the following: Your three examples of antithesis 1. 2. 3. Your metaphor

Your three examples of alliteration or assonance 1. 2. 3.