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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.
Bellok, Yuri Boris Pasternak Dr. Zhivago
In Dr. Zhivago, Pasternak uses a series of fictional characters to represent the immense hardships and turmoil caused by the unstable social and economic realities of the time, in which class disparity and political ambiguity ran rampant.
Berenguer, Christiana Kate Chopin The Story of an Hour
In The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin, society's expectation of emotions to be portrayed by a woman are outweighed by her personal fascination with freedom.
Brown, Lizzie C. S. Lewis The Screwtape Letters
In The Screwtape Letters, C. S. Lewis uses a series of fictional characters to portray the psychological effects of temptation.
Chapman, Myrina Arthur Conan Doyle A Study in Scarlet
Arthur Conan Doyle's A Study in Scarlet examines England's class structure through the character Sherlock Holmes' interaction between characters of different classes, and he examines the technological advances of the 1800's by the deductions Holmes uses to solve crime
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.
Foster, Ian Douglas Adams The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
In The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams uses intense imagery, the emotions of the characters, and "the meaning of life" to create a dystopia of absurdity and reasoning.
Herah, Waynesha Edgar Allan Poe "The Tell Tale Heart"
By emphasizing the main character's five senses in "The Tell Tale Heart," Edgar Allan Poe makes a point that guilt when hidden will emerge to torture the person who feels the guilt.
Hofaker, Sissy William Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet
In William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare criticizes the patriarchal values of the time through his use of metaphor, diction, characterization, and imagery.
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.
Merriweather, Jasmine Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu "Green Tea"
In Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu's "Green Tea," he depicts the mental deterioration and instability of the mind through the use of foil.
Mierez-Galo, Kevin Margaret Atwood The Handmaid's Tale
In Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, Atwood uses metaphors and symbolism to fabricate a dystopian society in which women are viewed as tools instead of people.
Miller, Alea Edna St. Vincent Millay "Invocation to the Muses"
In "Invocation to the Muses," Edna St. Vincent Millay uses imagery and allusion to display the pain of those suffering at the start of World War II and the ignorance of those who were untouched.
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.
Mullennix, Reyshaune Seamus Heaney "Casualty"
In "Casualty," Seamus Heaney illustrates the societal and political tensions of Ireland through following an unnamed man through his daily routine, until he reaches his death.
Parker, Ryan Suzanne Collins The Hunger Games
In The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins uses segregation, the difference in wealth, and the Games to portray the societal split between the government's power and the people.
Roberts, Rosy Ian McEwan Atonement
Ian McEwan's Atonement drips with the themes of social disparity and the strife that plagues families thanks to the repercussions of lies and manipulation by those in classes of power and the resulting devastations.
Rusli, Tatiana Kate Chopin The Awakening
In The Awakening, the author Kate Chopin conveys Edna Pontelliers' character development towards liberation from the oppression of ideal female roles in Victorian society through symbolism.
Searcy, Nicole August Wilson Fences
In his play Fences, August Wilson uses the relationship between father and son to portray the coming of age of black men and to show how inadequate parenthood produces corrupt men.
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.
Sims, Kaleb Chinua Achebe Things Fall Apart
In Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe describes Okonkwo's psychological conflict between the individual and society, in which Okonkwo's ego is being influenced by his superego, represented by the expectations of his tribe, as well as being influenced by his id, represented by his instinct to make compulsive decisions.
Spann, Amira Claude McKay "Harlem Shadows"
In Claude McKay's poem "Harlem Shadows," he uses the context of the Harlem Renaissance to show the disparity of African American struggles during that era.
St. Clair, Laura John Betjeman "On a Portrait of a Deaf Man"
In John Betjeman's "On a Portrait of a Deaf Man," he uses sensory imagery, paradox, and irony to show how the loss of family can make people question their faith.
Strong, Asia Alice Walker The Color Purple
In Alice Walker's The Color Purple, oppression of women in a patriarchal society is represented through the character of Celie.
Thompson, Stephanie Cormac McCarthy The Road
In The Road, Cormac McCarthy tells the story of a father and son's journey along a road during a post-apocalyptic time, and through the use of symbols, a desolate setting, religious allusions, and literary techniques, such as diction and organization, he conveys humanity's capacity for hope and survival in the midst of dire circumstances.
Toole, Chelsea Emily Bronte Wuthering Heights
In Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights, Bronte criticizes the patriarchal Western world by characterizing Catherine as a passionate heroine to challenge the limitations of her social roles and expectations.
Wooten, Anthony Marc Camoletti Taking Flight Boeing-Boeing
In Marc Camoletti 's Taking Flight Boeing-Boeing, Camoletti explores women's power and equality in the 1960's from a male point of view, as well as the point of view of four different and unique women.
Banks, Joe Albert Camus The Stranger
The novel The Stranger by Albert Camus is a multifaceted construction rife with both typical and subversive archetypes, primarily in the main character and his unconventional belief system.
Barth, Matt John Steinbeck Of Mice and Men
In Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck portrays the controversy between the lower class and the upper class through the characters of Lenny and Curley.
Beshears, Claudia WM. Paul Young The Shack
In his novel The Shack, WM. Paul Young reveals how being burdened by a great loss can bring an onslaught of psychological attempts to accept the reality of the situation, including a religious epiphany.
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.
Drury, Kristin Vladimir Nabokov Lolita
In the novel, Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov explores the twisted minds of his characters exploiting their erotic desires to show that even the most innocent of human beings have the capability of becoming morally ambiguous.
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."
Helton, Marisa Frances Hodgson Burnett The Secret Garden
In The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett conveys that when faced with the psychological burdens of death and mourning people tend to act out in extreme ways in order to cope with the loss.
Jimenez, Alex J. D. Salinger The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye is J. D. Salinger's commentary on Americans' discontent with their state of living despite the prospering economy post WWII.
Jones, Sam Athol Fugard Master Harold...and the boys
In Master Harold...and the boys, Athol Fugard reflects on the political and social biases of the Apartheid era to show how people of different races interacted in this time.
King, Taylor Fyodor Dostoevsky Crime and Punishment
In Fyodor Dostoevsky's novel Crime and Punishment, some Freudian ideas, such as the id, ego, and superego, are represented in the story by Raskolnikov's violent behavior and twisted mindset.
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.
Moore, Breauna Yann Martel Life of Pi
In the novel, Life of Pi, Yann Martel uses personification and symbolism to show how Pi transforms physically and mentally on his journey of survival.
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.
Prescott, Jessica Ray Bradbury Fahrenheit 451
In Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, the societal embrace of book burning as well as the hardships of a curious and doubting protagonist serve as commentary on the harsh censorship and book-banning policies of the 1950's.
Ramirez, Mallory Sandra Cisneros The House on Mango Street
In Sandra Cisneros coming-of-age novel The House on Mango Street, the physical and emotional effects of a negative patriarchal influence leads Esperanza to break apart from the stereotypical oppression of young girls and women.
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.
Smith, Gabrielle Bram Stoker Dracula
In Bram Stoker's Dracula, Stoker expresses the rebellious transition out of the Victorian era into the Modernist era by using phallic symbols, sexual undertones, and the controversial topic of women's sexuality.
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.
Thomas, Kristian Billy Collins "Child Development"
In Billy Collins' "Child Development," he paints a child's view of adult figures as distant and immature throughout the child's growth by using metaphors, personification, and characterization.
Webster, Marisa Charlotte Perkins Gilman "The Yellow Wallpaper"
In the short story "The Yellow Wallpaper," Charlotte Perkins Gilman portrays a female character in order to show the plight of women in a male-dominated 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.
Andrews, Gavin Robert Frost "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"
In "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," Robert Frost contemplates the concept of death and uses rhyme scheme, symbolism, and imagery to illustrate the omnipresence of death as well as the burdens that every individual must bear before he may sleep eternally.
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.
Ashley, Coleman Jonathan Swift Gulliver's Travels
In Gulliver's Travels, Jonathan Swift satirically exposes humanity's faults in the 1700's through the contrast between Gulliver and the islanders, the metaphoric lifestyles of the inhabitants, and Gulliver's views before, during, and after this quest.
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.
Bassett, Jesse Mark Twain Innocents Abroad
In Mark Twain's book Innocents Abroad, his personal opinions against European culture are revealed through the main character's travels in the story.
Bragg, Riley Mark Zusak The Book Thief
Markus Zusak uses symbolism, imagery, and personification in his novel, The Book Thief, to show how in a time full of oppression there will always be some who fight to be themselves.
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.
Carpenter, Jacob Truman Capote In Cold Blood
In Truman Capote's In Cold Blood, Capote's investigation and analysis of the two criminals, Dick and Perry, reflect on their mental states and on Capote's as well.
Christopher, Winston Homer The Iliad
In The Iliad, Homer uses many mythological allusions to demonstrate the historical significance of the Trojan War.
Cuff, Korah Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities
In A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens characterizes the social and political struggles of people in the French Revolution through the use of symbolism, metaphors, and allusions.
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.
Gay, Landon Shirley Jackson "The Lottery"
Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" displays the drastic social hierarchy between a fictional tyrannical government and in ignorant working class in order to exhibit striking similarities and tendencies to modern society's irrational submission to authority.
Gilbert, Kiara Richard Wright Pagan Spain
In Richard Wright's Pagan novel, Pagan Spain, he uses personal anecdotes, as well as the life stories of the people Wright meets, to convey the effects of the Franco Regime and Catholicism on the people of Spain.
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.
Hall, Carson John Steinbeck East of Eden
In John Steinbeck's East of Eden, Steinbeck uses fictional characters to depict the internal conflict of choosing between a good or evil lifestyle.
Hammons, Jared Isaac Asimov The Bicentennial Man
In his novella The Bicentennial Man, Isaac Asimov utilizes symbolism, characterization, and satire to create an allegory that addresses existential questions, such as what it means to be, what it means to be equal, and what it means to be free.
Higginbotham, Laike Nathaniel Hawthorne The Scarlet Letter
In The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne uses symbolism to represent the transition of Hester's mark from a brand of shame to one of self-acceptance.
Jaffe, Sam Orson Scott Card Ender's Game
My dissecting his characters' psyches in Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card induces contemplative reflection on what it takes to break down the human conscience and exactly how much closer we are to our primitive instincts than we like to believe.
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.
Payne, Keiondra Maya Angelou "Phenomenal Woman"
In her poem, Maya Angelou celebrates femininity by playing upon the two possible meanings that could be attached to the poem's title--"Phenomenal Woman."
Reardon, Adea Tennessee Williams A Streetcar Named Desire
A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams reveals that sexual oppression and inequality can have detrimental effects on the human mind.
Reider, Jake Robert Frost "The Road Less Traveled"
In "The Road Less Traveled," Robert Frost uses the fork in the road in a yellow wood to represent life-changing choices that everyone has to make.
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.
Sewell, Sheroya Paul Zindel And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little
Pau Zindel's And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little shows the depths to which death can traumatically increase the tension within a family.
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.