Literary Research Paper

Literary Research Paper
Write a 1800+ word literary research
paper analyzing an aspect of the piece of literature that falls into the time
periods we are reading this session. This
word count includes the cover sheet, the outline, and paper, and the works
cited page. Samples of literary essays include:
character analysis, symbolism, setting, contrast-compare characters or
setting or symbols, theme, as well as many other literary devices to analyze.
This is an analysis; this is NOT a book report.
Please be creative and thorough in your analysis. This paper must adhere to MLA guidelines
(outline, paper, parenthetical citations, citation page), and it must have 3-5
(3 minimum) sources, including the (primary) piece of literature you will be
analyzing and a minimum of two academic/scholarly sources. You use PROQUEST or EBSCO for these sources
(or Google Scholar) as well as other academic sources in this paper. You will
use the NC electronic search engines (inside the NC E-Library) to find these
sources and your research paper must follow all MLA guidelines, including a
cover sheet, an outline, in-text documentation, and a sources cited page. Please refer to the powerpoint in CANVAS
titled “Writing the Research Paper” or refer to the Purdue OWL for full
information on this if you do not know what this includes. THIS PAPER must be
submitted in safeassignment inside CANVAS.
This paper must cover an academic topic.

Please consult the handouts and powerpoints
provided to you in CANVAS as well as the textbook.
The following
criteria are essential to produce an effective argument
• Be well informed
about your topic, in order to add to your knowledge of a topic, read thoroughly
about it, using legitimate sources. Take notes.
• Test your
thesis. Your thesis, i.e., argument, must have two sides. It must be debatable.
If you can write down a thesis statement directly opposing your own, you will
ensure that your own argument is debatable.
• Disprove the
opposing argument. Understand the opposite viewpoint of your position and then
counter it by providing contrasting evidence or by finding mistakes and
inconsistencies in the logic of the opposing argument.
• Support your position
with evidence. Remember that your evidence must appeal to reason.

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