Choose one of the following research topics below. Write a 2-page research paper

Choose one of the following research topics below. Write a 2-page research paper in APA format. You MUST
include the following:
● Title page
● Running head
● Header
● Abstract
● Keywords
● Page numbers
● Essay title
● Minimum of 5 paragraphs
● Bibliography
● Direct quote from each piece of literature referenced (minimum of 3)
● Direct quote from 3 different sources used (must be peer reviewed or from a .gov, .edu. or other reliable
source).
You will also choose another topic to complete as your final essay for this course. You must choose a
different topic than you chose for your research paper. The same requirements will apply for both
papers.
#1: Discuss how Kate Chopin’s personal life, experiences, and beliefs influenced her work. Reference 3 or
more of her stories in your essay (you can use stories we have already read in class and other stories we
haven’t). Topics to consider: feminism, gender roles, irony, perception of marriage, freedom.
#2: Research Hemingway’s personal struggles with depression and alcoholism. Discuss how mental illnesses
affected his life and work up until his suicide in 1961. Reference 1-3 of his works in your writing (you can use
stories we have already read in class and other stories we haven’t).
#3: Flannery O’Connor’s fiction has frequently been described as “grotesque.”In fiction of the grotesque, the
focus is on the strange and ugly, often as an aspect of the physical body. It can also encompass themes of
horror, death, and violence, with abhorrent characters. Discuss how O’Connor’s personal life, experiences, and
beliefs influenced her work. Reference 3 or more of her stories in your essay (you can use stories we have
already read in class and other stories we haven’t).
#4: Ernest Hemingway’s fiction has also been frequently been described as “grotesque.” In fiction of the
grotesque, the focus is on the strange and ugly, often as an aspect of the physical body. It can also encompass
themes of horror, death, and violence, with abhorrent characters. Discuss how Hemingway’s personal life,
experiences, and beliefs influenced his work. Reference 3 or more of his stories in your essay (you can use
stories we have already read in class and other stories we haven’t).
#5: What were gender roles like when Hamlet was written? Research gender in Shakespeare’s time, then use
your findings to contextualize gender as a theme in Hamlet. In your paper, explain what was expected of
women in relation to men when Shakespeare wrote Hamlet.
#6: Conduct research on Shakespeare’s life that helps you understand his relationship to power and revenge,
two significant themes in Hamlet. Write a research-based biography of Shakespeare that focuses on theseParticular theme.

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