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Choose one of the following topics and write a 1000-1500 word essay addressing it.  It will likely be necessary to re-read any play you choose to use before you write.  

This essay will require outside research.  You will need at least three outside sources in addition to the play itself.  Be careful that your sources are good ones.

This means a Works Cited page of at least four entries (that you actually use in the paper) is required.  No Works Cited page=F.  Messed up Works Cited page= D or F.

This essay is due November 18, 11:59 pm.  No late papers accepted.  There is no more time. 

      1. A fence is one of the major symbols, both figuratively and literally, within the play. Describe and analyze two examples of fences (literal or metaphorical) that exist within            the play discussing:

            – who builds each fence

            – how each fence is built

– what effect each fence has on the characters in the play

  1. In Fences, we can see Troy as a tragic figure, a hero, and a villain. Using specific incidents from the play,  Using specific incidents from the play, explain why Troy fits one or more of these descriptions.  You may need to research the terms to discover which ones you believe.  Your research may in part be just what these terms represent and how he fits.
  2. Troy’s three children each seem to have a different view of their father. (We can tell the least about his relationship with Raynell, but how she talks about Troy is important).  Analyze these different relationships. How are they different and/or similar and why?
  3. If your research reveals another possible topic that you want to explore, let me know.  There has been a lot written about both of these plays.  Possible topics: character analysis, changing relationships, generation gap, role of sports, sports as a metaphor (like the fence is a metaphor).  There’s a lot going on in this play.  There is plenty to explore.

Other things to note:

  • As a rule, italicize the names of plays.
  • You need not retell the story, but you do need to put quotes and sections that you are discussing in context. In other words, you can assume I know the story, but you’ve got to set up what part you’re talking about..
  • Refer to the author by first name the first time he or she is mentioned and by last name after that.
  • Put commas/ periods inside closing quotation marks unless they are followed by parenthesis.

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Choose one of the following topics and write a 1000-1500 word essay addressing it.  It will likely be necessary to re-read any play you choose to use before you write.  

This essay will require outside research.  You will need at least three outside sources in addition to the play itself.  Be careful that your sources are good ones.

This means a Works Cited page of at least four entries (that you actually use in the paper) is required.  No Works Cited page=F.  Messed up Works Cited page= D or F.

This essay is due November 18, 11:59 pm.  No late papers accepted.  There is no more time. 

      1. A fence is one of the major symbols, both figuratively and literally, within the play. Describe and analyze two examples of fences (literal or metaphorical) that exist within            the play discussing:

            – who builds each fence

            – how each fence is built

                            – what effect each fence has on the characters in the play

  1. In Fences, we can see Troy as a tragic figure, a hero, and a villain. Using specific incidents from the play,  Using specific incidents from the play, explain why Troy fits one or more of these descriptions.  You may need to research the terms to discover which ones you believe.  Your research may in part be just what these terms represent and how he fits.
  1. Troy’s three children each seem to have a different view of their father. (We can tell the least about his relationship with Raynell, but how she talks about Troy is important).  Analyze these different relationships. How are they different and/or similar and why?
  1. If your research reveals another possible topic that you want to explore, let me know.  There has been a lot written about both of these plays.  Possible topics: character analysis, changing relationships, generation gap, role of sports, sports as a metaphor (like the fence is a metaphor).  There’s a lot going on in this play.  There is plenty to explore.

Other things to note:

  • As a rule, italicize the names of plays.
  • You need not retell the story, but you do need to put quotes and sections that you are discussing in context. In other words, you can assume I know the story, but you’ve got to set up what part you’re talking about..
  • Refer to the author by first name the first time he or she is mentioned and by last name after that.
  • Put commas/ periods inside closing quotation marks unless they are followed by parenthesis.

Evaluating Sources of Information for Academic Research

Also applies to life.

Even if you are getting your info from GALILEO, you need to evaluate it.  Usually, you can find author’s credentials there.  But sometimes not, so you have to check it out. 

List of fake news siteshttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fake_news_websites

List of Satire news https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_satirical_news_websites

Fact checking sites: FactCheck.org,  PolitiFact.com, Snopes.com, Hoax-Slayer.com (mostly dedicated to internet, web, and social media scams) A good fact checking site will provide its research so you can double check. 

Things NOT to use as sources in a research paper. 

            Study Guides: including but not limited to: Sparknotes,  GradeSaver, Shmoop.com, Cliff’s notes,

                        Course Hero, Cengage, or any variation thereupon.  They are STUDY GUIDES—Useful

                        study tools not sources for scholarly research.  High school teachers may have allowed

                        them.  You are no longer in high school.

            Question Sites like About.com (aka Dotdash.com), Ask.com, Yahoo Answers, Answerbag, and

                        there are many others.  These are fine if you want to know how to change the brake pads

                        on your car or you are looking for reviews on refrigerators or the best dogfood but not for

                        academic stuff.

            Random essays you find online.  This is especially problematic.  Many of you lift stuff from

                        essays online all the time and it is usually bad and full of mistakes.  This is why you

                        verify and assess your source

            Wikipedia (or any other encyclopedia.  1. Wikipedia is not 100% reliable (although it may

                        contain links to reliable information.)  2.  Encyclopedias are baby

                        sources.  You’re in college now.  Again, useful study tools, not good for scholarly

                        research papers.

            Dictionaries—don’t even.  Defining a word and quoting the dictionary is lame.

            Masterplots—or any source or article that just summarizes.  Useful study tools but not useful for

                        a research paper.

            Most blogs—unless from a credentialed scholar writing about his or her field.  Anyone can put

                        up a blog.  They are just someone’s opinions on whatever topic that person chooses.

           Articles that are just lists of books or stories or anything—actually these aren’t even articles. 

                        Example.  Don’t include an article that lists/summarizes the Philadelphia cycle plays.

This essay is due November 18, 11:59 pm.  No late papers accepted.  There is no more time.