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Select ONE PAIR or SET of short stories, plays, or poems below to compare OR contrast with ONE THEME shared by the pair or set. Be sure to mention the authors’ common use of the following literary devices, if it applies: foreshadowing, tone, theme, imagery, metaphor, satire, symbolism, form (sonnet, blank verse, ballad, etc.), personification, alliteration/consonance/assonance, irony, syntax, enjambment, apostrophe (someone who is absent and cannot “hear” the speaker), paradox, etc. While it is acceptable to briefly review the events of stories, avoid a long plot summary. It is acceptable to interpret the poems using your own thoughts and words, however, avoid completely summarizing on a line-to-line basis. Be sure that you understand how to cite poetry correctly in your paper (slash marks are used where lines end). Your outside research should consist of source materials that validate your thesis AND the specific literary device used within the stories or poems that you have chosen to write about. Your outside research should consist of source materials that validate your thesis and theme.
You MUST use one of the pairs or sets listed below: Susan Glaspell’s play Trifles and Jamaica Kincaid’s “Girl” and Katherine Mansfield’s “Miss Brill”
Theme suggestion: Women have to play by patriarchy’s rules or suffer the consequences
Edna St. Vincent Millay’s “Sonnet XLIII” and “First Fig” and Alfonsina Storni’s “La Loba” (The She-Wolf)
Theme suggestion: Non-traditional sexual roles such as being polyamorous, having many lovers, defying marital conventions, etc. challenge society’s deepest beliefs about women.
Gabriela Mistral’s “Children’s Hair” and Charles Olson’s “The Grandfather-Father Poem” and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “A Shadow” Theme suggestion: A parent’s bond with their children is one of love and legacy
Kurt Vonnegut’s “The Big Trip Up Yonder” and “Ozymandias” by Percy Bysshe Shelley
Theme suggestion: Materialism and ego-driven values fuel extreme self-centeredness
Nella Larsen’s “Passing” and Langston Hughes’ “Minstrel Man” and “I, Too”
Theme suggestion: The legacy of American slavery has reverberations in the present
Sara Teasdale’s “There Will Come Soft Rains” and Carl Sandburg’s “Grass” and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “A Shadow”
Theme suggestion: Humanity’s catastrophes and wars lead to the destruction of the social fabric
Gabriela Mistral’s “Cancion de la Muerte” (Song of Death) and Emily Dickenson’s “Because I could not Stop for Death” and Ruben Dario’s “Nocturno XXXII” (Nocturno XXXII)
Theme suggestion: Death is the one constant, inevitable fact of life that causes us to reflect on both the fear and comfort of the end
Countee Cullen’s “Fruit of the Flower” and Claude McKay’s “Baptism” and “Like a Strong Tree”
Theme suggestion: Do a “Queer Reading” of the texts, exploring the possible subtext of homosexuality in each reading. You may consider that both poets are men of color and see if that becomes part of your discussion.
St. Vincent Millay’s “Sonnet XLIII,” Queen Elizabeth’s “When I was fair and young,” and Jean Toomer’s “Karintha”
Theme suggestion: Beauty, age, and sexuality and is a complex cycle tied to the feminine experience
YOU MUST RECEIVE A PASSING GRADE ON THE RESEARCH PAPER AND THE FINAL EXAM IN ORDER TO PASS THIS COURSE.
-All papers must be double-spaced, in 12 point font format (Times New Roman)
-All papers must have an original title
Edit and revise your papers using the following checklist:
___I have browsed at least 3 websites, books, journals, etc. in deciding on EACH source in my paper
___ I have followed the proofreading steps list, completing multiple drafts and revisions on paper after READING THEM ALOUD
___ I have capitalized all words that are supposed to be capitalized
___ I have used a 12-point font and have double-spaced my paper
___ I have saved my work and emailed a copy to myself
___ I have used all of my punctuation marks appropriately (hyphens, apostrophes, dashes, periods, commas)
___ I have used appropriate MLA-style text citations and have referenced the proper page numbers for each quotation, using line breaks for poetry. Sample: roses are red/violets are blue
___I have checked my paper for fragments, run-ons, spelling mistakes, and proper word usage
___ I have proofread my final version of the paper at least twice prior to submission
___ I have read my paper aloud multiple times, correcting as I go, and repeating the process on multiple PRINTED drafts to produce at least 6-7 drafts before turning in the FINISHED VERSION