In this paper, you will compare two texts (short story or play) and their treatment of one topic. Here are some topics we have encountered:
1) you could pick the two texts you enjoy the most and identify a common topic/issue, or you could pick a topic and then find the texts to fit.
2) You should answer the following questions: What do texts A and B have to say about topic X? What is similar and what is different about the textsâ€™ treatment of the topic X? Basically, you are exploring how a topic takes on new meanings under different historic or literary circumstancesâ€”how the same topic is explored differently by two different authors to arrive at different artistic ends.
3) You need ONE thesis/conclusion about ONE topic; do NOT write a paper with a thesis for each of the two works you useâ€¦you need a unified thesis that connects/synthesizes your reading of both texts.
In addition to my lecture notes (if applicable), this essay must incorporate a minimum of TWO secondary sources accessed from the TCC library databases. These sources should lend support to your thesis (i.e. your historical and/or textual analysis rather than provide background/biographical details). Please use the Library Research Guide for our class.
If you do not cite sources, you are plagiarizing. If you borrow ideas and arguments about your text/author from other sources without citation, you are plagiarizing (and, yes, this includes borrowing information and ideas from Sparknotes and Wikipedia and such).
Use MLA documentation: parenthetical in-text + Works Cited