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TOPIC #1. Discuss Troy’s attitude toward work in Fences. How is this attitude linked to larger ideas about Troy’s aspirations to succeed as a Black man living in 1950s America? What observations does Wilson make about how attitudes toward work, success, race, and opportunity changed between Troy’s generation and that of his sons? (Compare or contrast Troy’s ideas about work, education, and success with those of Cory and/or Lyons.) To what extent does Wilson encourage us to admire Troy’s work ethic, and to what extent is he critical of it? (A response to this last question should form the basis of your thesis statement/main argument in the paper.). Your paper must include a clearly identifiable, specific, arguable thesis statement somewhere near the beginning. The thesis statement should make it clear which of the above topics your paper is going to focus on. (Your thesis statement should form a direct response/answer to the question posed at the end of your chosen prompt.)
Structure your paper around clear, specific supporting points. Relate each point back to your thesis statement. Keep the focus of your paper limited to the specific topic/theme you are analyzing. DO NOT simply go through the play and summarize each thing that happens in it. Research requirements: You must cite 4 academic sources in your paper (critical essays published in academic journals). To find these, it is recommended that you use the Gale Literature Resource Center database, available through the MCPHS Library website. (You may choose to use Susan Koprince’s “Baseball as History and Myth,” posted on Blackboard, as one of your four sources.) You must also quote from and cite relevant dialogue from the play, though the play will NOT count as one of your four academic sources. In total, your paper should include 6-12 quotations/citations. All of the sources that you quote/cite should be included on a Works Cited page. You are required to use MLA formatting for your quotations, citations, and Works Cited page. Any papers which copy material from unauthorized websites (including “study sites” or free-paper websites) or which do not correctly credit sources will be considered plagiarism and will not receive credit.