Follow these directions carefully as you write about The Laramie Project: The Laramie Project presents different perspectives towards gays and homosexuality. Write an essay in which you categorize and present these differing perspectives and those who represent them. Outline: Begin your essay by introducing the Laramie Project as a play. Who wrote the play? Why did the author want to write and perform this play? Mentioning and explaining just one reason is enough. Then discuss how the play was developed? Indeed, this play was developed in a most unusual way. Explain. Next, in a new third paragraph say that one can identify several themes in the play. Of those, certainly one is prejudice, in particular, prejudice against homosexuals. Explain this theme and give examples of how this theme has been presented in the play. Note: There is a discussion of this theme in your study guide of the play. You may refer to this material but do not copy any of it, though you may quote from it. Remember that if you do quote from it, the study guide must be listed on the Works Cited page. In the fourth paragraph, state that in addition to the theme of prejudice suggested by the play, the author wants to present the varying perspectives toward homosexuality in the Laramie Community at the time of Matthew’s death. Three are easy to identify. There are those that hate homosexuals and homosexuality. They have extreme prejudice. There are those who accept and even embrace homosexuals and then there are those somewhat in the middle. They believe in a live and let live attitude towards homosexuals and homosexuality. These two perspectives have little prejudice. Next say that in addition to exploring these perspectives, the author also wants to explore how these perspectives may have changed as a result of Matthew’s death. (This entire paragraph is your thesis and you may just copy this entire paragraph into your paper or put it in your own words.) After the paragraph with the thesis write about each perspective in its own paragraph. When you write about each perspective, you need to explain the perspective and then give examples of those who held this perspective. Comment on why they might have this perspective. When writing about each perspective and its adherents, pay attention to paragraph length. It may be that you will need more than one paragraph when writing about a single perspective and those who follow it. A good rule for paragraphing is don’t make them too long and don’t make them too short. After writing about these three perspectives, write about whether some of the characters changed their perspectives after Shepherd’s death? Who changed their perspective? Why did they change? Who did not change their perspective? Why? Write at least two paragraphs here. Write one paragraph about someone whose perspective perhaps changed and then someone whose perspective perhaps did not change. Conclude by discussing whether you believe the author(s) of the play achieved his(their) objectives or reasons for writing the play (See the first paragraph. You may want to link this paragraph to the first paragraph.) How? Finally, write a paragraph or two where you refer to your own perspectives towards gays and homosexuality before reading the play and whether they changed after having read it. If so, why? If not, why not? Note: Include 6 or more quotes from the play (One quote per paragraph is really expected). When you quote from a literary work, you will quote a character in a play or novel or short story. When the character quotes, the character’s name goes into the signal phrase. The author of the work goes in the parenthesis in front of the page number. Like this: Regie Flutie said, “I found Matthew still alive and tied to a fence. I was surprised he didn’t have shoes” (Kaufman 27). Regi Flutie said is the signal phrase. There are many ways to write a signal phrase. Vary the verb in the signal phrase. Then make sure you paraphrase the quote, explain it and comment on it. Write from 3½ pages to 5 ½ pages Follow the MLA format.
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