English 102 Critical Response Paper #2 Due November 18 (800 word minimum; Typed, Double-Spaced, with Outline, Parenthetical
Citations, & Works Cited Page) ** Bring Four Copies and Three Peer Editing Sheets
!!** ** HAND-WRITTEN PAPERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED!! **
Revised Paper Due November 29 (800 word minimum; Typed, Double-Spaced, with Revised Outline,
Citations, & Works Cited Page) ** In a FOLDER, Bring Final Draft, Instructor-Read Rough Draft,
and Peer Editing Sheets! ** ** Papers will NOT be accepted without a Folder!! **
As with the first response paper, the purpose of this paper is
allow you to discuss one of the works we have read so far this semester
from a critical perspective. This time, however, you will be focusing
on Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God. Specifically, you
develop a clear thesis statement about the novel and support that
in a well-organized essay that utilizes good supporting evidence from
text to support your claims.
HOWEVER, we are adding another step to the paper process
In addition to using evidence from the primary text (the novel), you
also incorporate discussion of two (2) SECONDARY sources. The
included in our editions of "Sweat" and Their Eyes might be
but you can also find useful essays elsewhere.
Some more specific hints from previous paper assignment :
At the beginning of the novel, Nanny tells Janie, "De nigger
de mule uh de world so fur as Ah can see" (14). After Janie's
another character suggests, "Uh white man and uh nigger woman is de
thing on earth" (180). Which of these is more accurate when
the events the occur over the course of the novel? Be sure to examine
characters and situations when supporting your claims.
Is Tea Cake Woods a sympathetic character? Explain by
his relationship not only with Janie, but also with the other
in the novel.
Is Nanny a sympathetic character? Are her actions with
to Janie appropriate? Explain by examining her relationship to
throughout Janie's life.
What purpose does storytelling play in this novel? Examine
of storytelling in Eatonville as well as down on "de muck."
What, if anything, does this novel have to say about race
in America during the time of its composition? Be sure to refer
several different situations in which race becomes an issue.