Humanities 201/211
Developing a Research Paper Topic
(Make sure to go over the hints for writing a critical response paper before beginning work on this assignment  ) Consider some of the Main Topics We've Discussed:
These are all good STARTING POINTS into most of the works we've read, although you can take other approaches.

One such approach is to examine the works of a particular writer within the historical context during which it was written.  What, in other words, makes the works represent a particular period, culture, etc.?   You can also examine the relationship between the author's life and the works he/she writes.

Once you have decided on a general topic to explore, you could go one of three ways: examine a couple of  shorter works by the same author, examine a longer work by one author, or examine a few short works by two different authors.  I would try not to examine more than one novel or play, two short stories, or three poems.

Some potential topics.  Keep in mind that for each of these topics,  you will need to develop an opinion or answer a question:

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