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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.


B1
Alt, Randi      Oscar Wilde   The Picture of Dorian Gray
The growing popularity of the Aesthetic Movement during the fin de siecle of Victorian England is protested in Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray.

Batten, Amy      Yann Martel    Life of Pi
The trials Pi faces on his journey in Life of Pi symbolize the struggles one must overcome to reach enlightenment.

Guiry, Mackenzie   Ernest Hemingway   The Sun Also Rises
In Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, the character of Lady Brett Ashley breaks the mold of a traditional woman due to her rejection of traditional female behavior of that time.

Kramer, Carly   Edgar Allan Poe   "The Tell-Tale Heart"
The idea of domination in Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart" reflects gender stereotypes and the struggle for human dignity.

Lewis, Julia   John Steinbeck   The Grapes of Wrath
In Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, he uses the lives of the Okies to show the transformation of America during one of its most pivotal chapters, the Dust Bowl.

Maduro, Andrea      Ernest Hemingway   "The Snows of Kilimanjaro"
In "The Snows of Kilimanjaro," Ernest Hemingway explores the effects of war upon humans and human values, exemplified by his use of symbolism, flashbacks, and unconventional syntactical choices.

Marek, Dennise      Lauren Conrad      L. A. Candy
In L. A. Candy, Lauren Conrad uses her personal experiences to tell the story of two girls that move to L. A. and to reveal that everybody has an ulterior motive.

O'Brien, Cristina      Alex Flinn      A Kiss in Time
In Alex Flinn's A Kiss in Time, Talia and Jack reflect the stereotypical gender roles of the beauty in distress and the brave hero.

Sheppard, Dylan      Ray Bradbury  "The Veldt"
In "The Veldt," Ray Bradbury criticizes the role of technology in society through the relationship of Peter and Wendy Hadley and their nursery.

Wilkerson, Krysten      J. D. Salinger  The Catcher in the Rye
In J. D. Salinger's  The Catcher in the Rye, the character Holden Caulfield represents youth and the internal struggles one faces during adolescence, including the loss of innocence.

Wise, Gabe   Antoine De Saint Exupery
In Antoine De Saint Exupery's The Little Prince,  the interiority and residues of Exupery's experiences as a pilot are revealed through the journey of the little prince.

Woods, Malachi   Amy Tan   The Joy Luck Club
In The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan, a woman's narrative provokes questions about her gender identity.

B3
Albrecht, Janine   William Shakespeare   Macbeth
In Shakespeare's Macbeth, the ailment of Macbeth is due to an imbalance in his personality, which ultimately leads to his demise.

Benjamin, Kiara      Lois Lowry      The Giver
In Lois Lowry's The Giver, Jonas' expedition follows the universal pattern of the hero's journey.

Byrd, Andrew   Ernest Hemingway   For Whom the Bell Tolls
In For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway uses his personal experience as a war correspondent during the Spanish Civil War to tell the story of the fictional character Robert Jordan

Calderwood, Madison    Edgar Allan Poe  "The Black Cat"
In Edgar Allan Poe's "The Black Cat," the narrator finds himself in a battle between what is real and what's insanity as the insanity slowly eats away at his sense of self.

Dioneda, Jonathan      S. E. Hinton      The Outsiders
In her novel The Outsiders, S. E. Hinton uses her character Ponyboy Curtis to bring attention to the harsh and violent lifestyle of a poor boy growing up in contemporary America.

Guthrie, Drew      George Orwell      1984
In 1984, George Orwell demonstrates the fallacies of socialism through Winston Smith's relationship to the Government.


Hillyer, Isabel   Flannery O'Connor   "Good Country People"
In her short story "Good Country People," Flannery O'Connor uses comic perversion to establish grotesque reflections of Christianity and life in general.

Hiltz, Jennifer      Charlotte Bronte      Jane Eyre
In Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, Bronte ostensibly has Jane adhere to the gender normalities of the Victorian Era while simultaneously overturning them.

Ivey, Kiara   Allen Ginsberg   "Howl"
Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" is constructed to build an angry, confessional catharsis regarding the state of a generation.

Lineberger, Caroline   Jane Austin  Pride and Prejudice
In Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennett denies the social expectations of her day by marrying for love, rather than financial stability.

Marlowe, Zarra   Chuck Palahnuik   Invisible Monsters
In Chuck Palahnuik's Invisible Monsters, Shannon McFarland's mental state is developed through the novel's structure and the parallels established between the main characters.

Monds, Logan  Stephen King "The Body"
The use of a journey within "The Body" represents the boys' fall from innocence and subsequent recognition of death.

Orozco, Margarita   Charles Dickens  Great Expectations
In Charles Dickens' Great Expectations, Pip's psyche is revealed by his depression and subconscious thinking, which are reflected in his experiences.

Patterson, Jacob      Gabriel Garcia Marquez   One Hundred Years of Solitude
In Gabriel Garcia Marquez's  One Hundred Years of Solitude, he explores the effects of Neocolonialism on small, rural villages in a Banana Republic.

Scinicariello, Alexa   Ernest Hemingway A Farewell to Arms
In A Farewell to ArmsErnest Hemingway uses his experience from his time serving in World War I to create the plot and conflict concerning the war and the relationships Lieutenant Frederic Henry faces.

Serrao, Guillermo      Edgar Allan Poe  "The Raven"
In "The Raven," Edgar Allan Poe uses symbolism and thorough detail to express the deterioration of his own mental state.

Stone, Jacqui Sandra Cisneros The House on Mango Street
In Sandra Cisneros' The House on Mango Street, Esperanza is subjected to discrimination based on her class, race, and gender as a lower-class Mexican American woman.


Yates-Campbell, Ane   Virgina Woolf  Mrs. Dalloway
In Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway, the character Clarissa Dalloway provies insight into the culture of women in post -World War I America.

William, Korri       Daniel Keys      Flowers for Algernon 
The way Charlie experiences life after undergoing an experimental medical trial in Daniel Keys' Flowers for Algernon begins his journey toward self-acceptance.

Wojtyla, Megan      William Golding       Lord of the Flies
In Lord of the Flies, William Golding depicts how extended isolation and forced adaption influences social behavior.

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