|Due By (Pacific Time)
||12/05/2016 12:00 am
Essay 6 Research Essay Guidelines
Read Fences by August Wilson. (Pages 1053-1111 in our textbook
Follow the MLA formatting you have used on all other essays (font size, spacing, heading, etc.)
1) Using at least two quotes from the play and two secondary sources, choose a topic, formulate a thesis, and write a 4-6 page research essay based on August Wilson’s Fences. You may use quotes, summaries, or paraphrases from your secondary (outside) sources to meet the “two source” requirement. Be careful to give credit to all secondary sources to avoid plagiarism. (You may find you’ve gathered the materials for Essay 6 in the work you did in Lesson 5.)
2) Some Suggested Topics:
These are only suggestions. If you already have a topic/thesis that you are satisfied with, please use it!
Troy as tragic hero
Sports/baseball and race
A literary analysis of any of the characters in the context of history, race and â€‹or gender
August Wilson’s views/politics
Race in the 1950s and race today
The blues’ influence on August Wilson, on the play
Elements of the play that transcend race (universal elements that apply to all, â€‹regardless of race)
3) Document your sources both within the essay and on a Works Cited page using MLA style.
Here are examples for parenthetical documentation:
1. Quotes from secondary sources within the essay
With author in sentence:
Writing on August Wilson’s main concerns as a playwright, Patricia Gantt asserts that while “his plays are steeped in actual events . . . he was more concerned with exploring black culture” (2).
Without author in sentence:
Writing on August Wilson’s main concerns as a playwright, one recent critic asserts that while “his plays are steeped in actual events . . . he was more concerned with exploring black culture” (Gantt 2).
2. Quotes from the play
(Note that since you have only one primary source, it is not necessary to use Wilson’s name or the play’s title in parenthetical documentation. Give the the act and scene numbers in Arabic numerals.)
Troy tries to explain why he was unfaithful to Rose and uses a metaphor that is common in his speech in the play—baseball: “I stood on first base for eighteen years and I thought . . . go on for it!” (2.1).
4) Other resources for documentation
--The OWL (Online Writing Lab at Purdue University) has a helpful listing of MLA format examples. This link is also under Web Links here in the course site:
--Always scroll to the bottom of any online source you use, or look for citation tabs. Almost all of the scholarly ones will have an MLA tab that gives you the Works Cited page citation. (There may be minor errors, so check them against the resources here.)