This assignment, which you will complete for each of the four Shakespeare plays, has three parts to it.
Give a brief summary of the main conflict and resolution in the play as seen through the eyes of one of the characters. That means writing in the first person (“I”) as if you were that character. It also means seeing the world through that character’s eyes, including that character’s prejudices, blindnesses, personal desires, and hidden agendas. Everything you write, or at least how you write it, must reflect that character’s perspective and agenda.
Give another brief summary of the main conflict and resolution in the play as seen through the eyes of a different character (and, presumably, one whose outlook is very different from the first).
(Most important). Write three or four paragraphs analyzing the difference between these two characters’ outlooks on the world and how those outlooks are reflected in the lies, omissions, additions, and interpretations that they have provided in their plot summaries from parts 1 and 2. Cite at least two or three passages by or about each character to support your claim about how they view the world. Which character (or which character’s view of the world) do you think Shakespeare wants his audience to sympathize. And, lastly but in some ways most important, in what ways might your own sympathies differ from the ones you think Shakespeare wants you to have? For both of these last two questions, you need to provide two or three citations to the play.