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.

Cox, Danielle         Antoine de Saint-Exupery   Le Petit Prince
Although the plot of The Little Prince is simplistic, the characters of Saint-Exupery's novella are reflections from the author's own history and are products of his psychological state.
Ignacio, Zach      Arthur Miller      Death of a Salesman
Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman criticizes capitalistic society in America during the 1940's through characterizing the "American Dream" as an idea rather than a reality.
Jang, Alyssa      Edgar Allan Poe   "The Fall of the House of Usher"
In "The Fall of the House of Usher," Edgar Allan Poe uses the setting and the psychological reasoning behind the main character's actions to reveal his own state of mind.
Mouton, Taylar      Alexandre Dumas      The Count of Monte Cristo
In The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas shows how the need for revenge can alter the id, one's basic needs and wants, the ego, how one chooses to meet the needs and wants, and the superego, where one's moral compass lies, in regards to society's views on how to reach those needs and wants.
Shtanko, Alina     Sophocles   Antigone
In Sophocles' tragedy Antigone, the importance of gender as a factor which determines how society reacts to and interacts with an individual is portrayed through Antigone's character.

Buda, Jessi Edwidge Danticat Brother, I'm Dying
In the novel, Brother I'm Dying, Edwidge Danticat uses her knowledge of Haiti's history of violence as well as her personal background with the country to tell the story of a Haitian girl growing up with the love of two fathers in two very different worlds.
 Dvorak, Jacob      Italo Calvino   If on a winter's night a traveler
In Italo Calvino's If on a winter's night a traveler, he portrays readers as adventurers, writers as deceivers, and non-readers as antagonistic, yet necessary, in order to portray reading as a quest.
George, Madison   Gwendolyn Brooks  "The Ballad of Rudolph Reed" 
Gwendolyn Brooks was immersed in the trial and tribulations of African Americans during the Civil Rights Movement which influenced much of her work, including "The Ballad of Rudolph Reed."
Luebke, Zach Kurt Vonnegut Slaughterhouse-Five
In Slaughterhouse-Five, the events that Billy experienced were mirrors to that of Vonnegut's, especially the ones relating to negative war experiences.
Newman, Ariel J. K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
The characters and idealism in the novel Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone were influenced by J. K. Rowling's real world experiences and conflicts.

Singletary, Karl   Salman Rushdie The Satanic Verses
In The Satanic Versed, Salman Rushdie emphasizes the Eurocentric nature of the world in the 1980's through commentary on social culture, art, and religion.
Stanford, Nyla Tom Perrotta "Forgiveness" and "Wild Kingdom"
In the short stories "Wild Kingdom" and "Forgivenss" by Tom Perrotta, Death is used as an instigator to force dysfunctional personalities to cope with their personal morals and those of society.

Abshire, Mariah       Ken Kesey One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
In One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Ken Kesey manipulates the readers into viewing women in a fearful manner due to the emasculating and dominant portrayal of female characters.
Arnold, Dallan      Harper Lee To Kill a Mockingbird
By characterizing morality through the implications of racism and poverty in a capitalistic society, Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird shows the harsh relationship between social classes in a struggling 1930's environment.
Azzaro, Brooke      Kurt Vonnegut      Harrison Bergeron
Kurt Vonnegut's Harrison Bergeron criticizes communism, socialism, and American democracy by suggesting that an egalitarian society ultimately robs its pe0ple of freedom self-expression, and individuality.
Baker, Erica            William Golding   Lord of the Flies
In William Golding's novel Lord of the Flies, human nature is questioned, as id, ego, and superego are symbolized in an environment without any societal guidance.
Buckman, Sarah        Zora Neale Hurston Their Eyes Were Watching God 
In Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God, the characteristics a woman is expected to embody under a patriarchal society are presented and discredited through the life experiences of Janie Crawford.
Dickler, Shana   F. Scott Fitzgerald   The Great Gatsby
In The Great Gatsby, the bourgeoise assert their power by not allowing the lower class to have any sort of upward class mobility.
Ellis, Sydney      Oscar Wilde      A Woman of No Importance 
In A Woman of No Importance by Oscar Wilde, Wilde comments on the sexual hypocrisy of the Victorian era through social satire.
Fortner, Lexie      Ernest Hemingway      The Old Man and the Sea
In The Old Man and the Sea, Hemingway delves into Santiago's adventure, simultaneously opening the door to the author's own psyche through his use of Christian allegory and archetypes.
Green, Grace George Orwell 1984
In George Orwell's 1984, Orwell portrays the government as overbearing and controlling to manipulate the reader into thinking governments cannot be trusted.
Lesher, Rachel      Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings      The Yearling
In the novel The Yearling, author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings characterizes Jody Baxter's transition from boyhood to adulthood with thorough and detailed use of imagery, symbolism, and foreshadowing in this coming of age story.
Roberts, Rebecca      Sir Edmund Spencer  The Faerie Queene
In Sir Edmund Spencer's The Faerie Queene, the events and struggles of the Protestant Reformation are represented and discussed through the use of moral, historical, and "history of man" allegory.
Smith, Dominique      William Golding       Lord of the Flies
In the novel Lord of the Flies, William Golding shows the darkness in the heart of man.


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