Literature Researched Essay Question Samples

English 2: Literary Criticism Researched Essay

These are sample topics and questions that you might want to consider for a ten-page essay:

Choose a prevalent theme in Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man Is Hard to Find.”
What is a good man?
Depiction of good and evil
Grandmother’s symbolic journey
Comparison of the Grandmother and the Misfit
Walt Whitman’s Influence on Carl Sandburg and/or Allen Ginsberg
In “I Hear America Singing” and “Chicago” and “Supermarket in California”

Should a literary work be interpreted based on the standards/values of the times that it was written or on contemporary standards/values.
Different Times, Different Meanings – “My Papa’s Waltz”
Death and Immortality in Poetry
“Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day.” By William Shakespeare “Buffalo Bill’s” by eel Cummings and “Death Be Not Proud” by John Donne
Bob Dylan as Nobel Laureate in Literature – Deserved or Not?
Was “Out, Out – “ by Robert Frost an Existential poem?
Other: Must be approved
In preparation for writing the paper, construct a preliminary bibliography of 10 items (books and articles; no web sites) that you could use in your paper to support your selected topic/thesis. You may use materials from the SMC Library only.

For a later assignment:

Finding articles about the same work from different approaches to literary criticism:

New Historicism

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