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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
Aguilar, Isabel      Henrik Ibsen   A Doll's House
In Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House, Nora Helmer's struggles represent society's binding restrictions on women to discover their repressed identitities.

Alt, Randi      Oscar Wilde   The Picture of Dorian Gray
Although a well-known proponent of the Aesthetic Movement, The Picture of Dorian Gray serves as an admonition against practicing extreme aesthetic values by displaying the adverse transformation of Dorian Gray as a result of adhering to such a philosophy.

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.

Berger, Maya   Kurt Vonnegut   Slaughterhouse-Five
In Slaughterhouse-Five, the absurdist evolution of the events in Billy Pilgrim's life shows the deterioration of author Kurt Vonnegut's mental health after the war.

Briggs, Regan   Stephen King   Carrie
In Carrie, Stephen King uses monstrous imagery typical of the horror genre to symbolize the real uprising and unrest of the second wave feminist movement.

Delassus, Chris      Wilson Rawls      Where the Red Fern Grows
In Where the Red Fern Grows, Wilson Rawls uses a young boy's coming-of-age story to provide insight into this own life and experiences growing up in the early twentieth century.

Deyo, Anna      Albert Camus      The Stranger
In The Stranger, Camus splits the narrative into two pieces: the protagonist's personal experience in his environment and society's experience with the protagonist, and the disconnect between the two illustrates Camus' belief in the absurdity of life.

Fyfe, Mason      Stephen King      The Shining
Stephen King's 1977 novel, The Shining, offers a fascinating meditation on Jack Torrance's horrifying descent into madness, while illustrating how mental illness affects both an individual and the individual's family.

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.

Heylock, Gena   Walt Whitman   Leaves of Grass
In Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman uses his poetry to explore the concepts of transcendentalism, identity, and the human mind.

Hueck, Hannah      Edgar Allan Poe      "Alone"
In Edgar Allan Poe's "Alone," the narrator's state of mind is developed through a reflection of his childhood and past to emphasize his feelings of isolation and loneliness.

Hughes, Winter      Arthur Miller       Death of a Salesman
In the play Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller portrays Willy's difficulty with getting older and accepting his sons' futures and his slow psychological deterioration.

Kobylarz, Chase      Robert Frost    "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"
In "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," Robert Frost uses symbolism to convey the rider's acceptance of death and that death should not be feared.

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.

Jennings, Jay      Anthony Burgess     A Clockwork Orange
In Anthony Burgess' 1962 novel A Clockwork Orange, the actions, thoughts, and behavioral traits of the main character, Alex, reveal his inner struggle with his identity, morality, and freedom as the underlying motivation behind his way of life.

Lewis, Julia   John Steinbeck   The Grapes of Wrath
In Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, he uses the lives of the Okies to characterize 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.

Marshall, Makobi   Henry James  The Turn of the Screw
In Henry James'  The Turn of the Screw, the governess' motives are influenced by mental illness and instability.

Matusko, Kyle      Joseph Conrad    Heart of Darkness
In Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad scrutinizes European imperialism in the 19th century and how it has the ability to decompose one's moral state.

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.

Peavie, Kaylin      Agnes Smedley      Daughter of Earth
In Daughter of Earth, Smedley creates a character, Marie, who rejects the societal expectations of a woman living in the 1890's.

Samuels, Maddie   Adrienne Rich   "Snapshots of a Daughter-in-law"
In "Snapshots of a Daughter-in-law," Adrienne Rich interjects her won personal feelings about feminism and the women's movement.

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.

Snyder, Mikayla   F. Scott Fitzgerald The Beautiful and the Damned
In F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Beautiful and the Damned, he uses real life experiences with his wife Zelda to show there's more to life than money and social status.

Stuart, Alexis      Jean-Paul Sartre      No Exit
In Sartre's No Exit, the author develops the theme of self-induced human suffering through exploring the psyche and subconscious of the characters Joseph, Inez, and Estelle

Thrift, Dalton      George Orwell      Animal Farm
In Animal Farm, Orwell uses farm animals in an unequal society as a metaphor for the class differences and corruption involved in a communist government.

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.

Buffington, Chloe   Franz Kafka   The Metamorphosis
In The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, Gregor's transformation into an insect represents the degradation of the human soul after being treated as lesser by society.


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.

Covart, Anna   Ray Bradbury      Fahrenheit 451
In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury confronts the social and political constructs of post-World War II America in a critical and eye-opening allegory.


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.

McGovern, Morgan      Edgar Allan Poe "Annabel Lee"
In Edgar Allan Poe's "Annabel Lee," the narrator's mental state is developed through the use of symbolism.

Miller, Dalton      Emily Bronte      Wuthering Heights
In Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte delves into the minds of Heathcliff, Catherine, and Edgar who can  be seen as examples of Freud's three units of human personality: id, ego, superego.


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.

Moody, Samantha      Chinua Achebe      Things Fall Apart
In Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart, both societal and familial influences cause Okonkwo's brash decision-making, leading to his downfall.

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

Parrish, Amanda      Ray Bradbury    "There Will Come Soft Rains"
In "There Will Come Soft Rains," Ray Bradbury reflects on the tragic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in order to emphasize the consequences and brutality of war.


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.

Petter, Justas  William Shakespeare  King Lear
In King Lear, William Shakespeare's observations on human suffering are evident through King Lear's and Gloucester's descent into madness.

Pierce, Erol   Daniel Quinn    Ishmael
In Daneil Quinn's Ishmael, he uses classical archetypes through select dialog to describe the nature and culture of human life.

Rabon, Ben         Edgar Allan Poe  "The Masque of the Red Death"
"The Masque of the Red Death" by Edgar Allan Poe utilizes devices, such as tone, symbolism, and imagery, to convey that joy at others' expense is met by terrible reprisal and that death does not differentiate between the rich and the poor.

Redenius, Isabelle      John Steinbeck  "The Chrysanthemums"
In "The Chrysanthemums," John Steinbeck uses his character, Eliza Allen, to portray the role of women and the struggles they faced during the Great Depression.


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.

Sheperd, Reagan      Khaled Hosseini  A Thousand Splendid Suns
In Khaled Hosseini's  A Thousand Splendid Suns, Miriam and Leila's experiences as Muslim women in war-ridden Afghanistan highlight the harmful effects that unequal gender roles in the traditional Muslim faith have on Afghan society.

Stone, Jacqui Sandra Cisneros The House on Mango Street
In The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros exposes the struggles and discrimination endured by lower-class, Chicana women and how those struggles affect their lives.


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

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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