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The Assignment and Guidelines: Write 1500 words (minimum) in which you do the following: Write a thoughtful, well-developed paper that analyzes Othello as a critical thinker using as criteria the concepts of critical thinking from your class notes and Ruggiero’s Beyond Feelings. Consider such things as the assumptions (warranted or unwarranted, value) that underlie his thinking, the quality of the evidence he employs, his willingness to consider alternate explanations or possibilities, his ability to judge evidence, how well he acts like an individual, the plausibility of his conclusions and their validity as following logically from his premises, the degree to which (as Iago so often ironically counsels him and as his reputation suggests he is capable of) he controls his instincts with reason, whether he lets emotions guide his actions, how well he investigates issues, etc. In other words, evaluate him using all you have learned about critical thinking in the class. You must include textual evidence (quotes and/or paraphrases) from the play using MLA format for in-text citations and a Works Cited page. Of course, the paper as whole must be in MLA format. Citing: In quoting from a Shakespeare play (which you’ll need to do frequently to support or test contentions about the play), you don’t cite page numbers. Instead, cite act, scene, and line number(s) parenthetically where you would otherwise have placed a page reference. Thus you might say that Desdemona suggests she loved Othello for his character, not his physical appearance: “I saw Othello’s visage in his mind” (1.3.253). Passages in verse that spill over one line should be typed with a forward slash to indicate where the line was broken: “let the heavens/ give him defense against the elements/ for I lost him on a dangerous sea” (2.1.44-46). Provide an original, engaging title that hints at the purpose of your essay. Organization: Your paper must have an introduction and conclusion, of course, but strong essays will also have clear and effectively organized body sections. The organization is up to you, but it must make sense. Here are a couple of suggested options, but you are free to choose another way of organizing the essay, if you like: Structure your essay either around the two or three decisions / beliefs you want to analyze or around the three (or so) major errors in thinking you see Othello repeatedly making. Again, this is merely a suggestion and meant to help those who are struggling organizing their thoughts. Structure your essay as a narrative of reactions and evaluations to Othello’s character and his critical thinking abilities. Here you would consider key scenes from the beginning, middle, and end of the play, walking a reader through your consideration of Othello’s words and actions in those scenes, what aspects of critical thinking are at stake, how well Othello lives up to the criteria of a critical thinker. In other words, you’d track the evolving nature of your evaluation of Othello. Be careful not to merely summarize the play; instead, seek to answer how well Othello acts like a critical thinker, this is your line of inquiry. Audience: College undergraduates who know the play well; though they do not have a copy available. No need for plot summary at any point in the paper. However, tell us what is happening at the time of quotes provided. Do not introduce quotes with Act and Scene numbers. Instead, remind us what is going on: “When Iago goes to Desdemona to comfort her, he says . . .” Structure your paragraphs around argumentative claims stated in your topic sentences — don’t simply retell the story.