Critical Reading Response Susan Glaspell "Trifles"

Prompt: Susan Glaspell’s play “trifles”

You must do ALL of the following in each response. Number your responses but do not copy the

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  1. Ask ONE critical question about the text or set of texts you’ve chosen and provide a brief answe to it (e.g. What is the significance of the caged bird in Glaspell’s play?) You will, of course, need to refer to the text(s) specifically to support your points. Include your critical question at the beginning and then your response. [200-300 words]
  2. Choose one short passage or set of lines (up to 4) which you find particularly meaningful, interesting, or challenging and explicate it (do NOT paraphrase; instead, explain the significance of the passage, word-by word). This part of the assignment will assess your close-reading skills.Remember to put quotation marks around individual words that you refer to from your passage (e.g. “Faces” in Poe’s poem refers to…) [200-300 words]
  3. Briefly compare your chosen text to something else we read this semester (e.g. “This text reminds me of ______ for these reasons…”) Please choose a different author for #3 and #4. [50-100 words]
  4. Briefly imagine how any other writer (preferably one on the syllabus) would respond to the text you’ve chosen (e.g. “I think Blake would think that this work is ______ because…”) Please choose a different author for #3 and #4. [50-100 words]

Here are some readings and authors you can use to answer number 3 and 4.

Rebecca Harding Davis “Life in the Iron Mills”

Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado”

Nathaniel Hawthrone’s “The Birthmark”

Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper”

Wordsworth’s “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud”

Keats’s “Ode on a Grecian Urn”

That should be enough of what we’ve read this semester to answer 3 and 4. Please just use one example for three and author for number 4. Also Please put in MLA format and must be at least 500 words.