Write an essay that examines a theme or issue of your choosing and use the literature we read to understand it better, or, you use the theme/issue to understand the literature better. The emphasis is up to you.
You must write about one focused theme or issue (which should be defined early in the essay, and which might rely on one or more secondary sources to help you “flesh out” the topic).Use this theme/issue as the controlling force throughout the essay. You will be using the literary texts to understand it better, so you should keep revisiting it.
Then you should examine a minimum of three and maximum of five literary texts that we have read since the beginning of the course. Anything we covered (short or long) is available, but make sure you cover at least two of the full books we read. Most of you will cover three or four of the books. Some might want to supplement with a poem or two that applies to your topic.
Combine original interpretation of key scenes and passages with selective use of secondary sources in MLA style. Use secondary sources for two purposes: (1) to clarify the issue/theme (2) to help you interpret aspects of the literary texts covered. Use sources from our library: books, articles in the databases, and solid/reliable sources from the web.
If you don’t cite secondary sources, the essay will fail! If you don’t perform some original analysis of the texts supported by selective readings of key passages and quotes, the essay will receive a reduced grade, too.
Make claims about various connections between the texts along the axis of the shared theme. The relationships you are claiming should also help us to clarify the meaning and importance of the issue. Make sure you cite the texts accurately when paraphrasing and quoting, and include them in your Works Cited.
When synthesizing the texts in this assignment, don’t impose similarities on them that don’t exist. These are vastly different works, and we can expect that they will have very unique perspectives on the topic you choose to examine. What can each text teach you about the common theme? Also, keep an eye out for unexpected connections, parallels, similarities, and share these discoveries with your reader.
here are the books that we used this term
Vida by Patricia Engel, Black Cat, 2010. ISBN: 978-0-8021-7078-1
Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger. Little, Brown and Company (May 1, 1991) ISBN-10: 0316769495 ISBN-13: 978-0316769495
Eat the Document by Dana Spiotta. Scribner, 2006. ISBN-10: 0743273001 ISBN-13: 978-0743273008
Fences by August Wilson. Plume, 2016. ISBN-13: 978-0735216686