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MLA Research Paper:
Focus on a culturally significant theme (main idea) in the work.
1000 words (4+ paragraphs).
Focus on one primary (literary) source from your modules.
Use two secondary sources.
Use an introduction, thesis, body paragraphs, and a conclusion.
Use MLA Documentation.
The purpose of the research paper is to think and write critically (in a focused fashion).
The paper should represent the student’s interest in and analysis of a literary work by one of our assigned authors.
Students should preview the selections in each module to choose a work to write about.
The paper should include primary source material from the literary text and secondary source material from the cyber activities or other secondary sources.
The student’s thesis statement should be a persuasive assertion supported by the rest of the paper.
The student should use primary and secondary source quotations to support their interpretation of the work.
Students are encouraged to prepare a working draft of their paper and seek feedback from SPC tutors in the Learning Commons in advance of formal submission!
Choose any literary work from Modules 1-15 as your primary source to write this literary analysis.
Explore a culturally significant theme in the work.
Theme (in literature) is the underlying message or opinion on society, the nature of humanity, or life in general that an author wants to convey.
Consider: How has the work been shaped by the culture that produced it?
Consider the following suggestions in organizing this literary analysis:
* Create an original title that reflects your thesis.
* Introduce the plot but avoid plot summary.
* Focus on a culturally significant theme (main idea) in the work.
* Examples: See list below.
* Present a strong thesis.
* Use quotations to support your thesis in the body paragraphs.
* Use topic sentences to introduce your body paragraphs.
* Introduce quotations in your own words.
* Follow quotations with interpretation in your own words.
* End body paragraphs with a tie-in to your thesis statement.
* Finish essay by summarizing the key points; re-state the thesis.
* Document sources via parenthetical and bibliographic citations.
* Follow MLA format for both (use the author’s last name citations).
* Cite full source information in the Works Cited Page.
* Revise before sending to check grammar, phrasing, and sentence structure.
* Revise before sending to check spelling and punctuation.
* Strive for clarity and conciseness; avoid redundancy.
Literary works to choose from :
“Journey to West”
“The Narrow Road to the Deep North.”
The Story of King Shahryar and his Brother
King Sindibad and his Falcon
The Wolf and the Fox
Joy of the Drop by Ghalib:
* Papers must be keyboarded and submitted online.
* Papers are due by midnight on the due date.
* Late papers are docked one letter grade.
* See DOCUMENTATION for information about MLA conventions.
* You can also see the SPC cyber library’s MLA information online.
* See the OWLS for reference information about grammar and style.
* You can also see The Elements of Style in Contents.
* See the CLAST scale for more information about evaluation.
* Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about your work.
Common/Universal Topics in Literature:
Change of power
Change versus tradition
Circle of life
Coming of age
Convention and rebellion
Dangers of ignorance
Darkness and light
Death – inevitable or tragic
Desire to escape
Evils of racism
Evils of sexism
Evils of classism
Faith versus doubt
Fate and free will
Fear of failure
Good versus bad
Greed as downfall
Growing up – pain or pleasure
Hazards of passing judgment
Heartbreak of betrayal
Illusion of power
Individual versus society
Inner versus outer strength
Knowledge versus ignorance
Loss of innocence
Love and sacrifice
Man against nature
Man against society
Materialism as downfall
Nationalism – complications
Necessity of work
Oppression of women
Optimism – power or folly
Overcoming – fear, weakness, vice
Power and corruption
Power of silence
Power of tradition
Power of wealth
Power of words
Pride and downfall
Progress – real or illusion
Quest for discovery
Quest for power
Resistance to oppression
Role of Religion
Self– inner and outer
Technology in society – good or bad
Temporary nature of physical beauty
Temptation and destruction
Vanity as downfall
Vulnerability of the meek
Vulnerability of the strong
War – glory, necessity, pain, tragedy
Will to survive
Wisdom of experience
Working class struggles
Youth and beauty
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