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April 8, 2021
adv org written assignment 5
April 8, 2021

Write
a 5-7 page analytic research essay in which you research and analyze one theme
or aspect of Toni Morrison’s novel The Bluest Eye. (See steps below.) The paper
must be double-spaced, following APA style.

In one or two sentences, identify
what you think is the most important theme in The Bluest Eye. Or you might
notice a key symbol or detail that runs like a thread through the novel. For
example, how does Morrison portray God in the novel? Or race relations. Or
family dynamics throughout the story. As you do your research, you will
certainly find specific and detailed ideas that you could pursue in a paper. It
is this important theme or main idea that leads into your thesis statement.

Step 3

Spend some time thinking about how
to support your thesis statement. In this case, you think about how Morrison
uses the various elements of fiction to highlight or explain your theme, idea,
detail, symbol, etc. Identify specific passages, events, character actions,
conflicts, descriptions, and details, etc. that support your thesis. This is
the textual evidence that you will provide in support of your thesis.

Step 4

After you prepare your annotated
bibliography, read through the five sources, the so-called
“secondary” works on the novel, that you found. Add two or three more
with further study as needed. (These are books, journal articles, interviews,
websites on Morrison, audio-visual materials, etc.) Identify passages you can
quote, paraphrase, or summarize and use as supporting evidence for the thesis of
your essay. These expert sources will support your own voice as you construct
your argument.

Step 5

Use the evidence from the text that
you have identified, as well as the additional researched materials you have
compiled, to compose a focused, well-organized, academic essay of 5-7 pages,
double-spaced. Remember, as stated above, the essay must have an introduction
that contains your thesis statement, a body of evidence that supports your
thesis, and a conclusion that sums up your main points and restates your
position. A basic outline might look like this:

Introduction – Begin with a quote
related to your thesis, then create a transition into your thesis statement.
Your thesis lets your reader know your main idea. Everything else in the essay
then supports your main idea with examples and evidence.First Example from the Novel to
Support the Thesis

Quote from
novel and discussion.

Support from
critic or secondary source

Second Example from the Novel to
Support the Thesis

Quote from
novel and discussion.

Support from
critic or secondary source

Third Example from the Novel to
Support the Thesis

Quote from
novel and discussion.

Support from
critic or secondary source

Conclusion – Summarize your three
main points. Show how they support thesis in introduction. Clinch it with
closing remark or quote.

Use and Citation of Sources

The primary source you will need to
use for this essay is the novel. You must reference the specific page numbers
to which you are referring whenever you quote, summarize, or paraphrase
passages from Morrison’s text. This needs to be done in correct APA style.

In addition, you will need to use 5
to 8 additional, secondary sources. You will need to research and include
“varied” sources. That is, you will want to use a mix of books,
articles, interviews, websites, audio-visual materials, and the like. Make sure
to cite these sources correctly, both in the body of your paper and on your APA
style reference page.

Your instructor or the online
librarian can assist you with this endeavor. Do not hesitate to contact them!

Things to Keep in Mind As You Write

Your analytic research essay is an
analysis of a text that will prove a certain interpretation. It is not a plot
summary. Do not simply retell the story. Identify significant elements
(character, setting, language, imagery etc.) and explain how and why they
support your thesis. Use the voices of other experts on the text that you have
located in your research to support your own critical-analytical voice.

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