Common Theme or Motif in at least two Works of Literature
This literary criticism essay explores a common theme or motif in at least two works of literature. This essay explores its topic in greater depth than the previous short essays, and must use supporting sources. Choose at least two works of literature that we have studied in this course.
Choose a common theme, topic, or motif in these two works. Your essay should explore the following: (1) Similarities and differences between how these works treat your theme, topic, or motif. (2) The significance of your theme, topic, or motif. (3) The main point you want to make about the theme, topic, or motifin other words, an argumentative thesis statement.
(4) Details from the literary works that support your thesis statement. This essay should follow the basic introduction, body, conclusion structure learned in College Composition. Since this is a literary criticism essay, your analysis and argument should be rooted in a close reading of your literary sources. For this essay, youll also need to use supporting sources.
In many cases, youll find that scholarly research has been done on your specific literary works. In other cases, you may look for research related to the genre, theme, or historical context of these works. You must have at least 5 sources. (This is a minimum number. There is no maximum number.) Your sources must include at least 2 works of literature that we have studied during this course. Your sources must also include at least 2 academic journal articles or academic nonfiction books. *The 6th page is the annotated bibliography*
You can choose whichever 2 you are familiar to from this list Wolkstein, Diane. Inanna, Queen of Heaven and Earth: Her Stories and Hymns from Sumer. Harper, 1983. ISBN: 9780060908546. [online alternative available, but much more challenging for beginners]. Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart. Penguin, 1994. ISBN: 0385474547 [ebook edition available] de la Cruz, Juana Inés. Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz:
Selected Works (Norton Critical Editions). Norton, 2016. ISBN: 9780393920161. [ebook edition available] Hirshfield, Jane (translator). The Ink Dark Moon: Love Poems by Onono Komachi and Izumi Shikibu.Vintage Books, 1990. ISBN: 0679729585 [ebook edition available] Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi. The Headstrong Historian. The New Yorker (23 June 2008). PDF provided.
The Grimm Brothers. Little Snow White. PDF provided. Hayden, Robert. Middle Passage. PDF provided. Neruda, Pablo. The Heights of Macchu Picchu. Janus Head 10:1 (2007). PDF provided. Ozaki, Yei Theodora. The Japanese Fairy Book. PDF provided. Radin, Paul. Winnebago Tales. The Journal of America Folklore 22:85 (1909). PDF provided. If you choose any of the pdf ones just send me a message and I will provide them.