Essay - thesis-driven argument
Close-reading and interpretive skills- must construct your own thesis statement, and then back up your thesis statement with evidence from your chosen text (quotes and textual analysis). In the course of your argument, you must undertake a close reading of at least two passages from your chosen text.
Although specific gender norms vary from culture to culture, they can be said to create some of the most fundamental—and often some of the most restrictive—expectations for both women and men. Society often determines how individuals can and cannot act, speak, and behave based solely on whether they are male or female. In short, gender norms often determine who an individual can be and who they can become.
To what extent are these narratives driven or shaped by their questioning or critique of gender roles? To what extent do these narratives undermine—or ultimately reinforce—traditional gender roles? How do these narratives offer us insight into how gender functions for the individual and also in society at large?
This paper is to make a thesis-driven argument about how gender and/or gender roles impact your chosen text, paying special attention to the ways in which your text importantly questions or challenges gender norms.
Questions to consider
· How does your chosen text interrogate gender norms? Through dialogue? Though actions? Something else? Why does the text’s mode of interrogation matter? And, what does this tell us about the function of gender in your chosen text?
· What are the consequences when a character questions the expectations placed on them based on their gender? What consequences do characters face when they overtly defy gender norms? What do these consequences tell us about ways that gender norms impact individuals?
· What are the consequences for other people (friends, family members, community members), as well as society at large, when an individual character questions or defies gender norms? What do these consequences tell us about the broader impact of gender norms on human communities and society at large? What do these reactions tell us about how gender norms are created and maintained?
· Does your text finally reinforce gender norms after questioning them? Or does your text ultimately subvert gender norms? What is the importance of how your chosen text deals with gender in the end?
These are some questions to jump start your brainstorming, and some questions may be more or less relevant to different text choices. You are not limited to addressing one of these questions. In fact, an essay that merely answers one of these questions will not be very original, and therefore not very successful. Instead, consider multiple questions, and try to develop some of your own questions to address.
Important Components of your Essay
· Thesis: Make sure you have a clear thesis, which makes a clear and compelling argument about your text.
· Evidence: Make sure to support your argument with evidence from the text (quotes, descriptions of details from the text)
· Analysis: Make sure to provide a close reading of your evidence, analyzing the text in such a way that it clearly relates to your thesis statement
Remember that your thesis statement makes a claim that you then set out to prove through evidence (textual analysis).
Substantive literary analysis is key.
Minimum Expectations for Structuring Your Essay:
Paragraph 1 (introductory paragraph)
Paragraphs 2, 3, etc. (body paragraphs—as many as needed)
Final Paragraph (conclusion)
· Paper must be a minimum of 850 words in length, not including the heading/title, plagiarism statement, running headers, footnotes or endnotes, and the works cited page. (The body content 850 words).
· must have an interesting and original title
· must offer a clear argument (not just a summary)
· must provide close-reading analysis of at least two passages from the primary text
· must include a works cited page
· Paper must be typed, double-spaced, written in 12-point Times or Times New Roman font, and formatted according to standard MLA style
|Due By (Pacific Time)||09/20/2015 12:00 am|
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