W​‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‌‌‌‌‌‌‍‍​rite an essay of approximately 1,500 words (which is around 5 pages, double spaced) in which you address one of the following prompts. In every case, devise an argument that you carefully support using examples from the text. Choose one:

 Discuss the minor characters in Merchant of Venice and Richard III. You might consider framing your discussion around pairs of similar characters (children or servants for example)

. What function do these characters serve in the play?

 How d​‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‌‌‌‌‌‌‍‍​o they contribute thematically to the plays? 

Write an essay in which you compare religion in Merchant of Venice and in Richard III

. How does religion function in each play? 

Make an argument that connects the two plays and makes a broader point about religion in general for Shakespeare. Cannot use examples such as comedic relief or helping push the plot No outside sources.