Hello all! I meant to let everyone know how my paper was going earlier, but as I keep writing, the problems I am facing keep changing. The very first thing that tripped me up was deciding exactly how I want to present my main sources. I have quite a few plays that I am working with, and I believe that I want to show them in chronological order. There are some secondary sources that I am working with, however, that relate two works to each other which will now not follow each other in the order of my paper. Its a little disappointing because I was hoping these sources would provide a bit of threading for me as I move from one work into another. I don’t think this will be a problem though. As I have continues writing, I actually think its good that they are a little spread apart. The “callback” to a previously discussed work makes it look like its not my secondary sources that led me from one primary source to the next (which they didn’t), but rather like these works are supposed to to discussed together in this way. It just looks like these other critics are even more on my side (I hope).
Additionally, I have done some interesting things that I didn’t know I was going to do. The biggest change I have made is not discussing Hamlet and Macbeth separately. I have decided to put the under a kind of Shakespeare subheading because, if I am going to have a chronological framework they are only written about three years apart from one another by the same playwright. They don’t show a lot of “change over time” so I’m putting them together and having them represent Shakespearean time in general. I think this is a good move also because I did not have a ton to say about Macbeth, but what I do say will help the rest of my paper. Putting it together with Hamlet will make it look like its not just thrown in there.
My last concern is that after having written a pretty long introduction, I think I have a thesis? I’m pretty sure I make a claim at the end of my introduction, but I’m not sure how entirely profound or clear it is. I keep scrolling up to my first page and just staring at it until I get frustrated and go back to writing. I’m sure this will be something that I will play around with in revisions.