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Paper 2: 950 words.. Read the Paper 2 PowerPoint. Choose one of the following questions. This paper must include quotations from two articles from a UCC Library database. Support your discussion of Their Eyes Were Watching God from the perspective of one of the following:
Compare Hurston’s life to her Janie, her protagonist’s
The development of African American writing in the twentieth century
The development of women’s writing
The New Woman in literature
Janie as a feminist figure (or as a non-feminist figure—there is a lot of controversy about her)
The American Dream
The position of African Americans in the early twentieth century
“Black English” – the dialect of the speakers in TEWWG; the call and response tradition in TEWWG; talk in the novel
Imagery from nature in TEWWG (the mule, Daisy/daisies, bees and flowers, the pear tree, the hurricane, the muck)
Love and marriage as it pertains to Janie’s story
Gender: how is Janie defined as a woman? What does Hurston have to say about that?
Race: how do the people in the story see each other in terms of race? How are white people perceived?
Explain how Their Eyes Were Watching God is not only not racist, but is actually anti-racist based on your readings and discussions of this idea
Power and authority and how they are represented in the story
Sexuality: images include the bee and the pear tree, Janie’s hair (long hair usually refers to sexuality), her sexual relationships to both Joe and Tea Cake
Motherhood (and its absence) in the novel
Friendship (Janie’s relationship with Pheoby)
For this paper, you must use UCC Library databases, nothing extra from the web. Use only the version of the novel that I posted on MindTap and Canvas, or a print version if you have one.
Reminder: By the conclusion of the semester, all students who pass this course will have demonstrated, in at least one substantial graded essay, that they understand the fundamentals of research. This will include doing basic research, being able to evaluate sources, and quoting from and citing at least three of these sources in the proper MLA style in the graded essay. Two of these three sources must be from UCC Library databases. Students will not be allowed to pass this assignment unless they can adequately demonstrate their ability in this area to quote and integrate multiple sources. Students must pass this essay with a grade of C or higher (73) in order to pass ENG 102.
Course Learning Outcomes Achieved
Produce a well-defined thesis on a literary topic pertinent to the course and develop it into and effective and well-organized essay
Demonstrate in writing the skills of grammar and style in discipline-specific contexts
Integrate the reading, analysis, and discussion of literature into writing processes
Complete research that distinguishes among a variety of resources based on standard criterion
Produce a research paper specific to the humanities to demonstrate competency in ethical thinking and information literacy
I will provide the articles from the databases and send them to the writer.