eng1102 research essay

Essay #6 (Research Essay)

Major Essays: The majority of your grade in this course comes from a sequence of papers based on the assigned literature. This assignment should use at least 3 sources. Two sources should be scholarly books or articles (secondary sources) published within the last ten years. One source will be your textbook (primary source). Use quotes from the textbook (if you’re using a work in the textbook as your primary source) and your secondary sources to support your thesis. Refer to the video in the week 5 module on the difference between primary and secondary sources if need be. Your Works Cited page should have at least 3 sources altogether. Note: you may not use online sources such as Wikipedia, Gradesaver, Shmoop, eNotes, 123helpme, and etc.

Assignment:

The Research Essay topics are posted in the Week 7 module. Right now, you should be researching your topic and selecting sources. The Annotated Bibliography is due March 1 Annotated Bibliographies have a specific format to follow. In my lecture notes, there are links to example Annotated Bibs. These examples show you exactly what it should look like, so don’t stray from the format at all. The final essay is due on MARCH 8.

Research topics are posted below:

Below is a list of possible topics for you to choose from. Choose ONE topic.

  • In Week 4’s lecture notes, I talk briefly about Plato’s view of poetry and poets. Essentially, Plato says that poetry is a lie and poets are liars, therefore, neither belong in society. Make an argument that either supports or refutes Plato’s criticism regarding poetry.
  • How are the roles of men and women portrayed in any of the works we’ve read? What gender expectations do they follow or fight against?
  • How does an author use elements such as light and dark (or other symbols/images) to foreshadow or advance a plot?
  • What insights into human nature do we get from the stories/plays/poems we’ve read over the course of the term?
  • Choose a character from the stories we’ve read and do a detailed analysis of that character by which you argue what you think is the character’s biggest flaw or biggest strength. You may write about more than one character and compare/contrast them.
  • Review five or six poems by a single author. Start with a poet featured in your textbook, and then find additional poems at the library or on the internet. Write an analysis of a single element of that poet’s work− for example, theme, imagery, diction, or form.
  • Write an analysis of a certain theme (or other element) that you find in the work of two or more poets.
  • Write an analysis in which you single out an element of a play for examination− character, plot, setting, theme, dramatic irony, tone language, symbolism, conventions, or any other element. Relate this element to the play as a whole.

Regardless of which topic you choose, make sure that you analyze the piece of literature in detail as you make your argument. You may discuss more than one piece of literature and/or combine the topics. Your textbook also has essay questions at the end of each chapter, so you can also use one of these questions for your topic if none of the questions above interest you.

The research essay should be at least 1,500 words. The essay should use at least 6 secondary sources, none of which may come from the Internet unless it is a journal article from Troy University’s online databases or other scholarly source. Then you will need to use your primary source for a total of 7 sources.

Format. In an academic community that communicates effectively, proper formatting is a mark both of one’s ability to follow instructions and of one’s willingness to interact with one’s colleagues in an accepted, mutually understandable manner. Therefore, it is important that you follow proper MLA format in producing your texts, particularly as you cite your sources. Failure to do so will lower your grade.

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