Mr. Nerf's English Classes at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts

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AP Literature Research

On this page, I will list all of the approved works and thesis statements by class, student, work, and date. No two students may analyze the same literary work.  Once a student has an approved topic and thesis, no other student may submit a similar topic and thesis. Once approved, a thesis may not be revised, nor may a topic be changed.

Akridge, Anyssa   William Golding  Lord of the Flies
In Lord of the Flies, William Golding uses the concepts of Id, Ego, and Superego to present commentary on the human condition outside of civilization.
Albertie, Chasitee  Margaret Atwood  The Handmaid's Tale
In The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood uses similes, strong symbolism, and alliteration to give an image of what society would be like if gender roles were reverted back to the age before women's rights.
Bartlett, Viviana J. D. Salinger The Catcher in the Rye
In The Catcher in the Rye, J. D. Salinger uses imagery, ambiguous details, and superego to reveal psychological setbacks in the fictional character, Holden Caulfield.
Bass, Brittany   Ernest Hemingway   A Farewell to Arms
In A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway depicts his male characters as examples of fine manhood and oversexed womanizers, thus showing that men have the power in that era.

Bautista, Gabrielle  Lewis Carroll  Alice in Wonderland
Contrary to popular belief, Lewis Carroll in Alice in Wonderland fails to convey a positive feminist message due to Alice's inability to think for herself, her blind trust in the male characters in the novel, and the portrayal of women in power as violent and irrational.
Breton, Amanda  Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont  "Beauty and the Beast"
In "Beauty and the Beast" by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont , Beauty is accepting of her role as a stereotypical maiden who performs selfless acts, follows her heart, and embraces her modesty.
Burbridge, Carmen   Edward Albee  Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
In Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Edward Albee portrays the damaging effects of traditional gender roles by tarnishing the ideas of blissful marriage with dark humor, cynicism, and allusions.
Cluesman, Heaven  Sylvia Plath  "Tulips"
In Sylvia Plath's poem, "Tulips," she examines her own sanity through poetic metaphor and literary aestheticism in an attempt to recreate her own conscious in the reader's mind.
Cornelius, Aahkilah   Zora Neale Hurston  Their Eyes Were Watching God
Zora Neale Hurston's novel,  Their Eyes Were Watching God, depicts the African-American female perspective of the early 1900's and demonstrates the biases and social expectations of women in their society.
Cosentino, Alec Anton Chekhov  The Seagull 
In The Seagull, Treplev identifies with the concept of love through Jungian-defined subconcious strivings for collective wholeness.

Fisher, Caitlin  John Steinbeck The Grapes of Wrath
In The Grapes of Wrath,  John Steinbeck uses specific details, motifs, and symbols in order to expose  the flaws of governmental programs established to aid the poor and to present the struggles of farmers during the Depression.
Fox, Mehgan   Edgar Allan Poe   "Annabel Lee"
In "Annabel Lee," Edgar Allan Poe uses his personal experiences to communicate his perception of death.
Gilbert, Hannah   Charlotte Brontë   Jane Eyre
In Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë defied the typical Victorian era portrait of dependent, uncertain, lovelorn women by creating a female heroine that was independent, self-assured, stubborn, and self-aware.
Gondeck, Ally  Charles Dickens  
A Christmas Carol
In A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens creates a commentary on how upper and lower classes viewed life, love, and family based on economic status.
Gordon, James   Walt Whitman  "O, Captain!  My Captain!"
In "O, Captain!  My Captain!," Walt Whitman portrays America's reaction to its own success and the mourning of the few that were close to President Lincoln.
Hacksunda, Lauren   Jonathan Swift  Gulliver's Travels
In Gulliver's Travels, Jonathan Swift uses satire, imagery, and diction to show the four aspects of man: the physical, the political, the intellectual, and the moral.
Hager, Peyton  Albert Camus  
The Stranger
In Albert Camus' The Stranger, Camus uses point of view, imagery, and selection of detail to convey Mersault, the male protagonist, refusing to conform to society's accepted standards of behavior.
Harris, Brigit  Kate Chopin  The Awakening
In The Awakening, Chopin uses diction, imagery, and symbolism to address the expectations and limited self-expression women had during the nineteenth century.
Harrison, Eve   Kurt Vonnegut  Slaughterhouse Five
In Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut uses non-linear storytelling, repetition, and ambiguous details to show the effects of PTSD through the character billy Pilgrim.
Hogshead, Max   Upton Sinclair  
The Jungle
In Upton Sinclair's The Jungle,  Sinclair criticizes capitalism through the story of exploited immigrants in turn of the century, meat-packing Chicago.
Litz, Pamela   Ray Bradbury
Fahrenheit 451
In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury uses vivid scenic description, symbolism, and a variety of metaphors to call attention to the psychological damage that comes with continuous exposure to television and other technology.
Lloyd, Alexander  Ken Kesey  One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
In One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Ken Kesey utilizes the three facets of Freudian personality, Id, Ego, and Superego, to show the human condition under societal oppression of both the ward and the outside world.
Lopez, Briana   Philip Levine   "They Feed They Lion," "What Work Is," and "You Can Have It"
In "They Feed They Lion," "What Work Is," and "You Can Have It," poet Philip Levine portrays the struggles of the working class of America during the 1950's based on his upbringing.
Neal, Taylor   John Steinbeck  Of Mice and Men
In Of Mice and Men,  John Steinbeck uses symbolism, imagery, and setting to create an allegory depicting the idea of the American dream in contrast to the reality of it.
Rink, Caroline   Louisa May Alcott  Little Women
Louisa May Alcott uses her novel Little Women to cultivate a dynamic emphasis on nineteenth century ideas of a relationship between patriarchal society and women's cultural development.
Roberson, Mauro   Ayn Rand   Anthem
In Anthem, Ayn Rand greatly exaggerates Marxist ideals, in the form of the Council, and juxtaposes them with Objectivist ideals, in the form of Equality 7-2521, to demonstrate what she believes to be flaws in Socialist systems.
Russo, Heather  Edgar Allan Poe  "The Raven"
In “The Raven," Edgar Allan Poe uses an emotionally tormented character, ominous repetition, and symbolism to lament the death of his beloved, all of which relate to Poe’s troubled life in dealing with numerous deaths and hardships.
Saleh, Tatiana  Cormac McCarthy   The Road
The Road
by Cormac McCarthy utilizes varied syntax, unique punctuation, and biblical allusion to reinforce the totality of a post-apocalyptic wold, more importantly how said "new" world changes the people that live there.
Sarmie, Kaya   George Orwell 1984
In 1984, George Orwell uses imagery, diction, and point of view in order to characterize the fear people have of the government's use of technology to spy on their personal lives.
Schreiber, Mara   Washington Irving   "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"
Washington Irving's short story, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," is one of the first examples of early American literature that exemplifies American Romanticism.
Sloan, Sydney   Lois Lowry  The Giver
Lois Lowry in her novel The Giver creates a community suppressed into sameness to magnify the downfall of Marxist ideals.
Svagdis,  Allison   Don DeLillo  White Noise
In White Noise, Don DeLillo constructs a localized apocalyptic event and explores its impact as a comment on society's ever-present fear of death.
Adams, Ayla Sylvia Plath The Bell Jar
In her novel The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath uses personification, symbolism, and selection of detail to create an allegory demonstrating the struggle of a young woman living in a sexist, patriarchal society driven by double standards.
Allen, Sarah  Dante Alighieri  The Inferno
In The Inferno, Dante Alighieri uses point of view, allegory, and setting to criticize the Roman Catholic Church and its views on sin.
Anderson, Eliza   Daniel Defoe  Robinson Crusoe
In his novel Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Dafoe reveals and develops Crusoe's psyche through this character's interactions with others and through Crusoe's personality and ideals.
Atanda, Irla   Khaled Hosseini  A Thousand Splendid Suns
In his novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini uses specific details, dialogue, and point of view in order to craft a double narrative of two different women that encounter the social limitations of women in the Afghani patriarchal society.
Beard-Ojala, Madeline   Oscar Wilde The Importance of Being Earnest
Oscar Wilde's presentation of the characters in The Importance of Being Earnest  showcases examples of the Id, the Ego, and the Super-Ego through literary devices.
Burris, Daniel  Erich Mariq  Remarque  All Quiet on the Western Front
In All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Mariq Remarque uses objective story-telling, graphic details, and symbols to illustrate the horrors of war.
Echols, Deja   Ralph Ellison  Invisible Man
Throughout Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison uses point of view and symbolism to illustrate the theme of invisibility and the identity of black people during the 1930's.
Fallin, John  
Gallagher, Connor  J.R.R. Tolkien The Fellowship of the Ring
Throughout the novel The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien, many archetypes of the hero's journey are utilized by the author in order to demonstrate the power of lust on humanity.
Gallardo, Christie Pablo Neruda "Tonight I Can Write"
In "Tonight I Can Write," Pablo Neruda uses repetition, imagery, and metaphors to portray the reminiscence of his lost love.
Grantham, Sarah   Harper Lee  To Kill a Mockingbird
In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee uses archetypes, point of view, and changing tone in order to represent the social conditions regarding racism in 1930's southern Alabama.
Granzow, Kierstyn   Richard Adams  Watership Down
In Watership Down, Richard Adams uses symbolism, allusions, and point of view to create an allegory that reveals corruption within a hierarchy.
Hammond, Rachael   Edgar Allan Poe  "The Fall of the House of Usher"
In "The Fall of the House of Usher," Edgar Allan Poe uses specific detail, symbolism, and certain sentence structures in order to show how the conscious part of the mind becomes overwhelmed by the unconscious.
Hart, Colleen  Daphne du Maurier  
In Rebecca, Daphne du Maruier utilizes irony, symbolism, and point of view to develop allegory which exposes that jealousy is an unnecessary hindrance in one's life.
Harvey, Bridget  Neil Gaiman  American Gods
In Neil Gaiman's American Gods, he uses Biblical metaphors and historical narratives of how different cultures brought their gods to America to show the deep sub-conscious connections between humans and gods across the ages in America.
Henderson, David  John Updike  Rabbit, Run
In his novel Rabbit, Run, John Updike uses events in Rabbit's life to portray Updike's views on the controversial issues in the 1950's and 1960's, such as sex, drugs, birth control, and homosexuality.
Holden, Courtney  Maya Angelou  "Phenomenal Woman"
In "Phenomenal Woman," Maya Angelou defies the stereotypical observations of women and attempts to decode what makes them intriguing.
Johnson, Kelsey   George Orwell    Animal Farm
In Animal Farm, George Orwell uses symbolism, selection of detail, and specific characterization to create allegory which intends to expose flaws in political and class systems.
Kriznar, Tyler  Tim O'Brien  Going After Cacciante
In Going After Cacciante, Tim O'Brien uses Paul Berlin's character to display how the unconscious mind struggles to balance the id, ego, and superego in times of severe stress and war.
Lin, Tracy Markus Zusak The Book Thief
In the novel The Book Thief, Markus Zusak utilizes symbolism, point of view, and imagery to portray the immorality of war and its effect on people.
Lopez, Heidi     Mark Haddon The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
In The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon uses point of view and tone to illustrate a young man's journey to self-revelation and coming of age.
Morris, Madison  Edgar Allan Poe  "The Conqueror Worm"
In "The Conqueror Worm," Edgar Allan Poe effectively uses metaphor and diction to allegoriclaly represent the life of Man as a theater drama.
Silveira, Caetano  Gabriel Garcia Marquez In the Autumn of the Patriarch
In In the Autumn of the Patriarch, Gabriel Garcia Marquez explores power in post-colonial Latin America through the application of the fantastic, the inversion of power roles in gender and politics, and in the all-ending role of death.
Soud, Sammy  Edward Bellamy  Looking Backward
In Looking Backward, Edward Bellamy attempts to correct the issue of the dying middle class due to technological advancement by using a utopian society that redistributes wealth in an attempt to alleviate stress from the wealthy.
Suarez, Emily  J. M. Barrie  Peter Pan
In Peter Pan (The Boy That Never Grew Up), J. M. Barrie creates characters, relationships, and situations that reveal archetypes in order to portray Pet's issues with abandonment and fear of growing up.
Surrency, Marni Toni Morrison Beloved
In Beloved, Toni Morrison uses eloquent symbolism, allusions to Christianity, and aspects beyond scientific understanding to emphasize the psychological impact of slavery.
Thompson, Kendra C. S. Lewis The Screwtape Letters
In The Screwtape Letters, C. S. Lewis utilizes point of view, irony, and symbolism to explore the weaknesses of the human mind.
Tossevainen, Dylan  Athol Fugard  Master Harold...and the boys
In Master Harold...and the boys, Athol Fugard exploits the racist and unfair balance between white and black in the Apartheid era.
Valadez, Lauren   Jane Austen  Pride and Prejudice
In Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen uses detailed characterization, select phraseology, and point of view to illustrate the social limitations of women during the early nineteenth century.
Wilkerson, Keiana   Joseph Heller Catch 22
In his novel, Catch-22, Joseph Heller uses symbolic hyperboles and paradox to exaggerate circumstances to make them seem logical, juxtaposition of extended metaphors to play with the dual nature of conflict and irony to call attention to the chaos and cyclical nature of war and the bureaucracy, all of which go to establish the attitude toward the bureaucracy that many Americans held during the 1960s.

Augustine, Joanna   John Steinbeck  The Pearl
In The Pearl, John Steinbeck utilizes symbolism, imagery, and irony to voice his opposition of the social system in capitalistic societies.
Bangi, Nathaniel   Henrik Ibsen A Doll's House
In A Doll's House, Henrik Ibsen uses symbols, motifs, and character development to show a woman' role in the 1820's.
Buice, Savanna  Arthur Golden  Memoirs of a Geisha
In Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden, many classic fairy tale-esque themes are employed throughout to communicate the plight of a young, poor girl and the cruel geisha lifestyle she's subjected to.
Cartwright, Megan   Mary Shelley  Frankenstein
In Frankenstein, Mary Shelley reinforces gender stereotypes through the interactions between her male and female characters, using the female characters to indirectly impact the male characters through their actions or deaths.
Chelgren, Hannah   Charles Dickens   Oliver Twist
In Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens uses character development, point of view, and setting to challenge society's perception of the rich and the poor during the 1830's.
Coen, Fionnuala  Edgar Allan Poe  "The Tell-Tale Heart"
In "The Tell-Tale Heart," Edgar Allan Poe uses specific details and direct characterization in order to reveal the character's dark and paranoid psyche.
Comeau, Julia  Vladimir Nabokov  Lolita
In the 1955 novel Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov, through his protagonist Humbert Humbert, satirizes established psychoanalytical theories of the early twentieth century.
Flanagan, McKenna   E. B. White  Charlotte's Web
In Charlotte's Web, E. B. White uses dialogue, characterization, and maternal archetypes to illustrate Charlotte as a strong female heroine.
Garcia, Madison  Billy Collins   "Sailing Around the Room"
In Billy Collin's “Fishing on the Susquehanna in July” and “Introduction to Poetry," Collins uses tangible and unembellished sensory imagery and situational humor to explain the psychology and actions of people in society.
Horn, Kirstin  Charlotte Perkins Gilman "The Yellow Wallpaper"
Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper" is an allegory for the suffering of women in a male-dominated society.
Ikeokwa, Adaeze Nella Larson  Passing
Nella Larsons novel, Passing, portrays the divided African-American experience in 1920's New York and demonstrates interracial conflict and biases amongst the African-American community.
Jolly, Lindsay     Edgar Allan Poe "The Cask of Amontillado"
Edgar Allan Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado"explores the psychology of domination and manipulation through both metaphorical and literal instances of containment and entrapment.
Kennedy, Jordan  Neil Gaiman  Coraline
In the novella Coraline, Neil Gaiman uses symbolism, anthropomorphism, and common archetypes to portray the psychological state of the main character.
Kildow, Claudia   T. C. Boyle  Tortilla Curtain
Walls and gates manifest as an exemplary motif of Marxism in The Tortilla Curtain by T.C Boyle and are evident through excessive reference to the comfort and fixation they bring throughout the novel.
Lyle, Grace Bram Stoker  Dracula
In Dracula, Bram Stoker uses symbolism, tone, and point of view in order to go against stereotypical gender roles and the ideals of masculinity and femininity common in the late 1800's.
Marcotte, Kaitlin  Edgar Allan Poe  "The Masque of the Red Death"
Throughout the short story "The Masque of the Red Death," Edgar Allan Poe uses vivid symbolism, structure, and reoccurring details to paint a powerful image regarding the finality and inescapable reaches of death, itself.
McGovern, India  Jeffrey Eugenides  The Virgin Diaries
In The Virgin Diaries, Jeffrey Eugenides uses point of view, motives, and selection of detail to reveal the psychological state of various inhabitants of 1970's America Suburbia.
Mumphrey, Joy  Stephen King  Thinner
In Thinner, Stephen King utilizes specific details, symbolism and irony in order to portray Billy Halleck as a symbol of the upper class to illustrate the oppressive behavior towards the subordinate groups in America and how that behavior doesn't go without consequence.
Pohlmann, Annaliese  Ray Bradbury  Something Wicked This Way Comes
In Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes, Bradbury uses dream-like settings and memories to explore the inner workings of the human mind.
Pozo, Ana-Sofia  L. Frank Baum   The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
In The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Frank Baum utilizes specific details, direct characterization, and symbolism to create an allegory that exposes the corruption of the American monetary system and the victims of it.
Rodrigues, Beatriz  Frances Hodgson Burnett The Secret Garden
In the novel The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett uses symbolism, imagery, and allegory to create a clear definition of gender roles between men and women.
Skiles, Jacob   John Kennedy Toole  A Confederacy of Dunces
In A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole uses Id, Ego, and Superego to develop the conflicts between many of the characters and the society in which they live.
Taylor, Emily  C. S. Lewis  The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
In The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, C. S. Lewis uses allegory, archetype, and imagery to not only create a whimsical world, but also to tell the classic story of the battle between good and evil with an underlying theological theme.
Valeski, Sen  Anthony Burgess  A Clockwork Orange
In A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess uses the Freudian concepts of Id, Ego, and Superego to demonstrate the damaging effects society has on individuals.
Williams Joycelyn  Robert Frost "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"
In "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," Robert Frost uses personification, symbolism, diction and alliteration to communicate the feeling of living in the moment.
Williams, Zoria   Edgar Allan Poe  "A Dream Within a Dream"
In "A Dream Within a Dream," Edgar Allan Poe uses metaphor, symbolism, and repetition to convey the preciousness of life.
Yarde, Taye  Orson Scott Card  Ender's Game
In Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card uses archetypes, such as quests in the form of games and challenges, the "mother" in the form of Valentine, and the "manipulator" in the form of the brother, to depict the character Andrew "Ender" Wiggin ad how Ender is influenced and altered psychologically.


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