In Olsen’s novella Tell Me a Riddle, the dying grandmother Eva reveals an internal conflict that underlies her inability to hold her new grandchild:
It was not that she had not loved her babies, her children. The love—the passion of tending—had risen with the need like a torrent; and like a torrent drowned and immolated all else. But when the need was done—oh the power that was lost in the painful damming back and drying up of what still surged, but had nowhere to go. Only the thin pulsing left that could not quiet, suffering over lives one felt, but could no longer hold nor help. . . . And they put a baby in her lap. Immediacy to embrace, and the breath of that past: warm flesh like this that had claims and nuzzled away all else and with lovely mouths devoured; hot-living like an animal—intensely and now; the turning maze; the long drunkenness; the drowning into needing and being needed. (670)
What is at stake for Eva in holding the baby? Is she “unfeeling,” as her husband accuses? Or is something else revealed in her reaction? What does the baby represent in Tell Me a Riddle? Why is the baby’s need so threatening to the mother’s sense of self?
Your initial response should be at least 3 paragraphs (5-8 sentences each).
Include at least 4 quotes from the novel to support your ideas
Be sure to use MLA-style in-text citations for ALL quotes and examples from the text.
DO NOT USE OUTSIDE SOURCES FOR ANY ASSIGNMENT IN THIS CLASS! Your only sources should be the assigned readings; I’m interested in your analysis of the readings ONLY.
The gist of this assignment is as follows: (1) to develop or identify the main question
concerning a problem that exists within your chosen field of education or interest; (2) to come to
some fairly thorough understanding (analysis) of the issue at hand in terms of why it matters; and
(3) to argue for or against a particular answer to the question.
The key to this assignment is narrowing its focus by asking a specific question. For
example, if you are an English major, the question “Does teaching solely Western literature
benefit or harm students?” is too vague. A better question might be “Is teaching Shakespeare the
best way to teach dramatic literature?” If you are an accounting major, you might start by asking
“How can independent CPAs combat unemployment outside of the tax season?” If you are a
chemistry student, your question may involve gender equality in the workforce. These are merely
There are, of course, other ways to begin this paper. Another way might be to find an
article that you disagree with and start to hammer out the beginnings of why you disagree. In a
Malcolm Gladwell Tedtalk spoke of Harold Mosquowicz’s finding that the available evidence
for Pepsi and Nescafe was not adequate to the solution proposed.
The point of writing this paper is to synthesize work that scholars do: you will have to
define a problem, possibly in a manner that has not been previously identified; you will find and
analyze evidence and how previous conclusions may no longer apply; and finally, you will have
to argue for an answer–an answer that you may need to discover, or at the very least, evaluate.
This essay should be between 7-8 pages and use MLA citation for the formation of the
essay. It also needs to be in a specific genre that corresponds to your selected audience and
major, interest, or discipline (for example, the question concerning Shakespeare might fit into an
inquiry genre, the CPA might work best in an external report, or as a chemist, the IMRD genre
works best). You are required to have at least 8 sources. Your final paper will be formatted
according to MLA. If you need assistance with formatting, remember that you can refer to
guidelines online at http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01 for additional help.
Remember While You Write
Thesis-driven – Make sure it is narrow and debatable. Narrow your focus and do not let
your argument topic be too broad.
Paragraph Cohesion – Practice careful revision processes in which you completely
develop each paragraph and connect it to the larger idea of your argument.
Argument – Your essay should logically develop a complex argument about a topic, and
in developing your argument, you should explain your reasoning rather than simply
relying on descriptions.
Rhetorical Awareness – Develop your argument with careful attention to the rhetorical
situation in which you purposefully choose a style, tone, organization, evidence, and etc.
Use of Sources – Each source does not necessarily have to carry the same weight – some
will be more applicable to your argument; however, do make correct use of quotations,
paraphrases, etc. by citing in-text and on a Works Cited/References page.
Scholarship Contribution – Your essay should focus on research, as you are a novice
scholar, but it can include some personal experience. However, your experience, if any,
should NOT be the bulk of your argument. So, yes, you can use “I,” but only when
appropriate and referring to your own experiences.
You have to include all of the following:
Compare Jamaica Kincaid’s “Girl” and Maya Angelou’s “And Still I Rise” in terms of their perception/representation of the female experience.
Discuss how each text portrays women, their status in society and the limitations imposed by their gendered identities?
To what extent is it important that both texts refer to the experiences of women of color?
What conclusions do the two texts draw and what kind of possibilities do they evoke for women?
Organize your analysis into paragraphs with an introduction and a thesis statement, body paragraphs and a conclusion. Do close readings and use specific examples from the literary and cinematic texts (textual evidence) to support the points that you make. As always, make sure to use page numbers to reference your textual evidence in the texts.
Bibliography and References:
Please use at least 3 secondary sources in addition to your primary sources. Please use APA 6th Citation Style
all throughout, both for your in-text citations and for your list of References at the end of your essay.
Your task for this paper is to draw some comparative threads between these two novels and discuss similarities and contrasts in patterns, trends and motifs. Go beyond the obvious “uncontrolled-science-is-bad-for-us” thinking. Think of the two novels you have read and of the reactions they prompted. How did they make you feel? Why? Were you shocked at certain moments? Appalled? Thrilled? In disbelief? Did you detect any connections between the story lines and the symbolisms of the two works? This is the general frame. Then start brainstorming and isolate certain instances from both novels that reveal comparable mindsets and conclusions. To do so you may choose to discuss characters’ actions, dialogs, descriptions, motives, and/or the authors’ representation(s) of certain situations, characters and circumstances. You may also use relevant references, examples and quotes from any of the assigned essays, notes and other material.
You should begin this paper by having a clear comparable thesis. You are comparing two novels, two periods, one or two prominent theme(s) in the novels, and naturally one or more characters. Think small and avoid generalizations. Be aware of the distance between Shelley’s Romantic period and Ishiguro’s postmodern landscape. Build your thesis around a clear argument that emerges from your own reading and understanding of the novels, and your own curiosity to take it further. You are required to conduct your own research and use at least three secondary sources (articles, academic essays, books of criticism, profiles of the authors in credible publications such as the NYTimes, The Guardian and The New Yorker, among many others) written about the two novels, the authors and their periods you are writing about. This will help you: A/come up with a cleat argument if you don’t have one; B/back up your ideas if you already have them; C/Add and demonstrate further knowledge of your topic.
THERE IS A NO RESEARCH POLICY FOR THIS CLASS. ONLY SOURCE THAT CAN BE USED IS ATTACHED IN PICTURES FORMAT, IF ANYTHING ELSE IS USED AS A SOURCE I WILL GET A ZERO!!!!!
400 WORDS IN A PARAGRAPH FORM
INSTRUCTIONS ARE ATTACHED. PLEASE FOLLOW THEM
ENG 252 Research Project
For your major research project this semester, you will write a research paper in the form of a PowerPoint presentation featuring one or more works found in your anthology. (You are limited to the works found in the Table of Contents that we didn’t cover in class. If you choose a poet, you must focus on at least two poems.)
• Presentation must contain at least 14 slides, including the title slide
• You must use at least 3 credible, secondary sources. At least one of your sources should come from Alabama Virtual Library. The other two sources can come from credible websites regarding the author, news sites, encyclopedic cites, etc.
• You may not use study guide websites as sources in this project. (No Spark Notes, Cliff’s notes, Schmoop, etc.)
• The design/appearance is up to you
• Follow the guidelines for formal writing. Write at least one well-developed paragraph (8-10 sentences) per slide —DO NOT WRITE IN BULLET POINTS.
The first slide must include the title of your presentation and your name and information that clearly identifies the PowerPoint as a student project for ENG 252
Each PowerPoint must contain the following:
1. Research (30 points) (The title of each slide in this section should say “Research”)
a. The research section must contain the following:
• Historical information about the time period of the work and how that context relates to the work (2-3 slides)
• Biographical information about the author of the work. (2-3 slides)
2. Discussion (30 points)
a. Discuss the work’s major themes. (2 slides)
b. Discuss two or more literary devices in the work(s) that you find interesting AND that your research indicates scholars find worthy of study as well. (Symbolism, voice, irony, or the use of another particular literary device such as metaphor, allusion, paradox, etc…)Be sure to explain why the author is using each device/ how it serves the the work overall.(2 slides)
c. Discuss the significance of this work. Why do we still study it? (2 slides)
3. Annotated Bibliography (10 points for correct works cited entries and 10 points for detailed paragraphs)
a. 3 slides – one per secondary source
b. On each slide, first create a works cited entry for the source. Then write a detailed paragraph (at least 5 sentences) summarizing the general content of the source and discussing your evaluation of the source. (Do this for each source.)
c. 1 slide- Include a separate slide titled “WORKS CITED” to cite the work(s) that you are analyzing and the source from which you got the biographical info on your author.
4. Creativity (20 points)
a. Photographs, illustrations, quotations from the work, (Is your project aesthetically pleasing and thoughtful or did you throw it together at the last minute?
b. Design of the presentation
Due on Canvas by 10:59 pm on July 18.
o Save your PowerPoint as a pdf and submit it to Canvas. I advise against using Prezi because I can’t open those presentations on Canvas. You may need to make time to come to campus and work on your presentation here.
Other important notes:
• Everything should be written in complete sentences.
• Cite EVERYTHING that does not come from your own head using MLA Style
• Because you are uploading it as a pdf file, I will not be able to see any animations, transitions, music, etc that you use, so be sure to make each slide visually interesting.
Here’s an example of what your annotated bibliography slides should look like:
Lamott, Anne. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. Anchor Books, 1995.
Lamott’s book offers honest advice on the nature of a writing life, complete with its insecurities and failures. Taking a humorous approach to the realities of being a writer, the chapters in Lamott’s book are wry and anecdotal and offer advice on everything from plot development to jealousy, from perfectionism to struggling with one’s own internal critic. In the process, Lamott includes writing exercises designed to be both productive and fun. Blah blah blah, continue on for another two sentences.
Here’s an example of what a correct in-text citation looks like:
According to John Smith, the characters are often fully brought to life only after the work is entirely finished.
According to Doe, this author is the best ever (45).
The author is the best ever (Doe 45)
Answer the following questions based on information specifically provided in this film Gothic Undercurrents https://www.learner.org/series/american-passages-a-literary-survey/gothic-undercurrents/
1. How did writers use gothic writing during this time period? What topics did they explore and why?
2. What is manifest destiny according to the film? And what affect did this have on the American people?
3. What American fears did Melville expose in Moby Dick?
4. How is Emily Dickinson’s work linked to the Gothic genre?
5.What traditional conventions did Hawthorne, Melville, and Dickinson challenge?
Instructions: After reading A Streetcar Named Desire and viewing clips of the film starring Marlon Brando and Vivian Leigh, you will create a PowerPoint presentation that promotes a new live-action film version of the play. You will select one famous individual (the individual does not have to be an actor or actress) that is currently living to play the role of the following characters in the play:
1) Stanley Kowalski, 2) Stella Kowalski, 3) Blanche DuBois, 4) Harold Mitchell, 5) Eunice Hull, and 6) Steve Hull.
Your PowerPoint must contain the following:
A title slide that contains a picture of the play’s original setting, a catchy title for the presentation, your name, instructor, class, and date.
6 content slides (one for each character mentioned above)
Each slide should contain:
A. Three properly cited quotes from play that accurately describe the character.
B. An image of the living individual that will play the role of the character in the new film.
C. Any image taken/used from other sources will need to be cited in MLA format on a Works Cited slide at the end of the presentation.
Note: The image can be used as the background of the slide or as an image inserted on the slide. In either case, make sure the information on the slide is clearly visible and easy to read. Always have contrasting text (light text on dark backgrounds or dark text on light backgrounds).
D. A brief (2-3 sentences) explanation of why the selected individual would best portray the character in the fil
3. Proper grammar and organization.
This is the place for personal navigation: Here, you may make observations about what “speaks” to you and why. You may even choose to reflect upon your growing ability to identify mythic motifs or archetypes in books, films, and pop culture outside of class. Journal entries should have a minimum of 500 words. Avoid merely retelling what occurs in the readings. I want your observations, connections, and analysis.
Read:The Mountain of The Lotus and the Fan and Yosoji and the Goddess Fuji
Attached are screenshots of the necessary reading