This draft was more difficult for me to come up with and put together because it combines the work of literary critics with contextualizing The Tempest as well as using historical contextualization. Some things that have been helpful to me during this writing process were the process assignments we have done in class as well as having these critical conversations with other classmates. During class, we dove deeper into the meaning behind each literary critic that wrote a piece about The Tempest. These deeper conversations allowed me to get a better understanding of the author’s purpose and allowed for me to form my own opinions.
Completing this level of work has been challenging in that it is much different than work we have done before. We needed to form our own opinions on a critic’s work. This heavily opinionated piece make it easy to become lost in each argument.
Finding a critic that is agreeable to your argument helps to keep your claims separate from their claims. I found Paul Brown and Frank Kermode to be two critics that I was able to form my own opinion around but also had similar opinions to them as well. This feedback given to me by my professor helped me to understand the direction I should be going with a piece like this. Also fully understanding a critics argument is important in making this writing process easier for you.
So why do we do it? Why would anyone write a critical conversation piece?
Writing pieces like this are important in becoming familiar with your own claims while still recognizing the claims and work done by other people. Everyone has their own opinions about everything. Literary critics write on their opinions about literature. As students and as learners, we must be able to form our own opinions about literature and literary works. The conversation aspect of this comes in when the opinions of critics get compared to our own. My essay 3 draft is the conversation between my opinions as well as the opinions of Kermode and Brown. Not only do these conversations need to happen in discussing literary works, but they are helpful in forming opinions as well as backing up the opinions of others.