Argumentative essay

Argumentative essay

argumentative essay

Essay on Fences, Doubt, and Sweat: SEE BELOW FOR INSTRUCTIONS

1. For this assignment, CHOOSE TWO PLAYS out of the three we covered in the second half of the semester (so Fences, Doubt, or Sweat).

2. Then write an essay that formulates and supports an argument/thesis around the theme of how identity is related to a character’s personal truth, or what they believe to be true, and the consequences of those beliefs in those plays.

3. So keep in mind that your essay should NOT be what YOU personally think the relationship between identity and truth is in general, or a judgment of what the characters should have done, but an ANALYSIS of this topic in the plays.

4. Remember that you need to provide a clear argument about this topic–a statement–so do not ask questions in your essay, but instead provide an answer. That is what an argument/thesis is: an answer to a question you that you already asked about the texts (plays) before you start writing.

5. In order to support your argument, you must make sure to QUOTE FROM BOTH PLAYS USING MLA STYLE.

6. You need a TITLE that mentions the names of the plays and REFLECTS YOUR THEME OR ARUGMENT. So “Identity and Truth” or “Essay” are not acceptable titles. A more acceptable title would be something like “Misunderstanding and Identity in Fences and Sweat,” for example.

**When discussing Fences or Doubt, you must write about the play first and foremost; you may also refer to the film to make a comparison, but make sure you state when you are referring to the film and explain why.

To review how to write an argumentative/expository essay:

Keep in mind that an argument/thesis should be stated generally at the end of the first paragraph. Your first paragraph should introduce the titles of the plays (underlined or italicized, because they are titles of full-length plays) and the author. Then provide a brief description of each play, then how they relate to each other in terms of a theme you choose related to identity and it’s relationship to truth in the two plays.

An argument has to be a specific statement about how identity works in the two plays, and then, once you state that, follow it up with the answer to “so what?” (ask this in your head)–that is the significance or meaning of your observation/thesis. That should be at the end of the first paragraph.

So write about the two plays that you chose, exploring how they deal with the topic (similarly, differently, or both at different times), and remember to point out how this affects the characters and situations in the plays.

For example, think about: how do things work out for the characters? And what do your observations tell us about identity in general? You don’t need to stick to the “main” characters, but can branch out to any of the relevant characters to present your argument. You may focus on one character in each play or several, that is up to you.

The argument is up to you, but it should deal with the concept of how identity is related to truth in the two plays similarly or differently, and what that means for the overall topic of identity and truth.

The essay must be typed, 3½ to 5 pages in length, double-spaced, with 12 point font, 1inch margins, and quotations cited in MLA style.

Review of MLA citation:

Remember that MLA style means that you cite a page number after a quotation. I have provided a link to MLA style on our site, to refresh your memory. You don’t need a “Works Cited” page.

So essentially, you need to:

1) Introduce the texts (the two plays you chose).
2) Provide brief background information. Argumentative essay
3) Present a clear, focused argument/thesis in the beginning of the essay, preferably at the end of the first paragraph.
4) Provide specific quotations (cited in MLA style) and examples for support.
4) Provide a title that reflects your argument and includes the names of the plays; do not underline your own title, and italicize or underline the titles of the plays.


*If you do not cite quotations from both approved texts in MLA style, the essay may not pass.
*If the essay is too short, the essay may not pass.

I look forward to your observations!



Are you overwhelmed by your class schedule and need help completing this assignment? You deserve the best professional and plagiarism-free writing services. Allow us to take the weight off your shoulders by clicking this button.

Get help

Who Will Write your Paper

Writer avatar

Rating: 4.9/5    Reviews 377

Success rate 96%

Completed projects: 545

I am an experienced writer offering professional services across diverse fields. I provide quality work with strict adherence to the deadline.

Writer avatar
Tutor_Dr. Edith

Rating: 4.8/5    Reviews 381

Success rate 96%

Completed projects: 490

I am an experienced writer with great research and analytical skills. Original quality paper and on-time delivery are guaranteed. Let's do this!

Writer avatar

Rating: 4.7/5    Reviews 316

Success rate 97%

Completed projects: 398

I am a professional writer with more than 8 years of experience. My mission is to provide you with high-quality paper in a timely fashion.

Writer avatar

Rating: 4.8/5    Reviews 371

Success rate 96%

Completed projects: 432

Hi, I deliver quality papers on time following all the instructions provided. Client's satisfaction is my priority. Welcome for plagiarism-free papers.

Writer avatar
Tutor_Prof. Allan

Rating: 4.8/5    Reviews 400

Success rate 98%

Completed projects: 487

With over half a decade of academic experience, I'm committed both to efficiency and punctuality. If it's quality you're looking for, then I'm here to provide!

Writer avatar
Tutor_Prof. Gabie

Rating: 4.9/5    Reviews 447

Success rate 96%

Completed projects: 546

A quality-driven, skilled writer with over 5 years of experience in various disciplines. I deliver plagiarism-free papers and content of impeccable quality, always original and always before the deadline!

Writer avatar

Rating: 4.9/5    Reviews 427

Success rate 99%

Completed projects: 567

I have been a full-time freelance researcher and writer for a period of over 6 years. I have successfully completed over 1000 projects and assignments. I have had a good professional relationship with my clients. Try me today!

Writer avatar

Rating: 4.9/5    Reviews 305

Success rate 98%

Completed projects: 404

I am a proficient writer with knowledge across a wide range of academic disciplines. I guarantee quality, timely and original content.

Writer avatar

Rating: /5    Reviews 419

Success rate 98%

Completed projects: 506

Hi, count on me to deliver quality and exemplary papers. I will pay attention to all your instructions, and meet all your expectations.