Throughout A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine
Hansberry explores changing gender roles. Consider the treatment of gender as
it relates to the major characters of Walter, Beneath, Ruth, and Mama. How does
Hansberry’s portrayal of these characters call these roles into question? Does
Hansberry seem to support or reject traditional gender roles in the play?
essay must be at least 1,000 words in length.
be formatted in standard MLA style (see the MLA Resources folder for
instructions and examples).
essay must include a clear thesis statement at the end of the introduction
essay must be organized into a separate introduction, body, and conclusion
paragraphs. Your essay should contain at least five paragraphs: one
introduction, at least three body paragraphs, and one conclusion paragraph.
must include information from at least two sources obtained from the GALILEO
and/or Literary Reference Center databases available through the SCTC Library.
No other secondary sources will be allowed. Any evidence that you have used
secondary sources not obtained from these databases will automatically result in a
failing grade on the assignment.
must document all information from both the primary sources (the play or poems
you are writing about) and your secondary sources in MLA style with
parenthetical citations within your essay, a citation on a separate Works Cited
page, and quotation marks around any exact language from these sources. Failure
to do so will be considered plagiarism and will result in grade of zero on the
assignment. See the MLA Resources folder and Chapters 23-25 of your
textbook for instructions and examples of how to cite sources in MLA style.
sure to include the author’s name, title of the work(s) you are analyzing, and
a brief explanation of the subject of the work(s). Then provide a thesis
statement at the end of your introduction paragraph that indicates the narrow
focus of your essay (what is you are trying to demonstrate to readers) without
using phrases that announce your plan such as “This essay will discuss…” or
“I am going to tell you about…”
ü Do not
summarize the work(s) you are analyzing. Assume your readers have already read
the work(s). Only mention those details necessary to support your points.
quotation marks around poem titles and italicize play titles.
use first-person (I, me, we, us) or second-person pronouns (you, your) in your
citing poems, use line numbers rather than page numbers in your parenthetical
citations. For example, if you are quoting lines 3-5 of Piercy’s poem, your
citation would look like this: (Piercy lines 3-5).
citing a play, use act and scene numbers rather than page numbers in your
citations. For example, to cite a quote from Act II, Scene I of the play, you
would format your citation like this: (Hansberry 2.1).
can find a sample literature research essay on pp. 1120-1129 if you
would like a model to follow.
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