Write a 1,000-1,100-word research paper on ONE of the following topics

Write a 1,000-1,100-word research paper on ONE of the following topics. This assignment is designed as an exercise both in critical reading of the literature studied this term AND in engaging with pertinent scholarship on that literature. Thus your essays should demonstrate some familiarity with other criticism of the text you choose to examine. To that end, you are expected to incorporate and cite evidence not only from the primary literary text under consideration, but also from at least two (2) additional scholarly secondary sources (books in the library, articles published in scholarly journals, etc.) . Note that the word limits are firm ones.While the topics below direct your attention to certain elements of these texts, be sure that your paper sets forth a clear argument of its own concerning your chosen topic and that you cite the text in support of the claims you wish to make. Documentation of quotations both from the literary text itself and from secondary materials should follow MLA style guidelines, and your completed paper must therefore include a list of Works Cited.The topics below are quite general, and are intended to provoke thought and to help guide you towards your own specific argumentative claim. Do not attempt to address all of the sub-questions indicated below under your selected topic; rather, consider these food for thought, and look for a specific problem associated with the suggested topic, developing that as the central argument of your essay.OPTION 1. T. S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” begins with an epigraph from Dante’s Inferno which, according to the note in our Broadview anthology, comments on the impossibility of one’s return from death to life—“If I thought that my reply were given to anyone who might return to the world, this flame would stand forever still; but since never from this deep place has anyone ever returned alive, if what I hear is true, without fear of infamy I answer thee” (1079n). In what ways might Prufrock be representative of death or the underworld? How is the poem as a whole affected by the fact that, as the epigraph suggests, Prufrock’s words are only uttered in the first place because there is no possibility that he can “return to life from death”? In what specific ways does this relatively pessimistic assumption, which the epigraph introduces, affect our reading of the poem in general?OROPTION 2. Write an essay in which you analyze the representation of the family in James Joyce’s “Eveline,” with reference to at least two (2) secondary sources on Joyce’s story. How does the narrator represent Eveline’s family and her role within it and relationship to it, and to what end? You might choose to focus on a particular aspect of family life represented in the story–for example, differences between gender roles, the impact on the individual of legacies across multiple generations, inheritances and expectations, the ways in which family life provides a context for the individual, for better or worse, whether liberating or constraining, etc.–and analyze the ways in which Joyce’s representation of Eveline’s predicament in the story offer a comment on that aspect of family life. What are we to conclude about the family from the way Joyce represents it in “Eveline”?Any sources you use to contextualize and defend your argument must be scholarly in nature (no newspaper articles, websites, and other such sources as you may have used in your current-affairs research for the persuasive essay).Grading Emphases:- understanding of genre (analysis, argument, research)- clear assertion of conflict in opening move- analysis/interpretation/resolution which comments on the meaning of the text as a whole- use of both primary (the literary text) and secondary (the scholarly articles and books you find in your research) textual evidence- proper citation and integration of quotations (MLA standard)- understanding of academic audience

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