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.

Briaughna Ashley: Carson McCullers The Heart is a Lonely Hunter  Carson McCullers uses diction, detail, and pathos in The Heart is a Lonely Hunter to convey to the reader the social differences and hardships of people in that era and to show the ultimate interconnectedness that all people share despite these differences.
Diana Augustine: George Orwell 1984  In the novel 1984, George Orwell creates a futuristic totalitarian society as a warning to the people of the Cold War era about the possible dangers of losing their minds and their humanity if socialism is allowed to go too far. 
Hannah Baxley: Walt Whitman "On the Beach at Night"  In "On the Beach at Night," Walt Whitman uses literary devices, such as diction, repetition, and point of view, to depict the connection between humanity and nature.
Sara Bryant: William Shakespeare Much Ado About Nothing    In Much Ado About Nothing, William Shakespeare uses motifs and symbols to focus on the social standing of women in the sixteenth century. 
Summer Brunelle: F. Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby  In The Great Gatsby, Gatsby regards wealth as a means of climbing the social ladder because, in him, Fitzgerald shows that wealth is ultimately worthless.
Raegen Carpenter: Sandra Cisneros The House on Mango Street  In The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros portrays Esperanza as an independent, self-determined dreamer, in order to set her apart from the restrictive roles of women in Hispanic society.
Lee Chick: Ayn Rand Atlas Shrugged Throughout Atlas Shrugged by Ann Ryand, the theme of the importance of a strong mind is developed using dialogue, irony, and diction and is what ultimately creats the unanswered question: "Who is John Gault?" 
Kandise Chrestensen: Albert Camus The Stranger In The Stranger, Meursault embodies Albert Camus' philosophy of existentialism, specifically the concept of the absurdity of the human condition.
Brittanie Demps: Percy Bysshe Shelley "An Ode, Written October, 1819, Before the Spaniards Had Recovered Their Liberty"  Percy Bysshe Shelley's "An Ode, Written October, 1819, Before the Spaniards Had Recovered Their Liberty" exhibits evidence of the id, ego, and superego in its imagery, diction, and syntax.
Stacie DeSale: Kate Chopin The Awakening  In The Awakening, Kate Chopin uses symbolic events and metaphors to show Edna Pontellier struggling for independence in a society with negative feminist views.
Ryan Feeney: Frank Herbert Dune  In a time in which the seeds of ecological understanding and environmental conservation were just beginning to sprout, Dune by Frank Herbert portrays the first example of a world ecology that demonstrates how all aspects of a world are related and how important finite resources are to the unity of a planet.
Arica Ferguson: August Wilson Fences  In Fences, August Wilson uses allusions and diction pertaining to the African American culture in portraying Troy as a character who doesn't desire change, which causes a conflict with his relationships with Rose and Cory..
Annie Garner: Athol Fugard "Master Harold" and the Boys  In Athol Fugard's play "Master Harold"...and the Boys, Fugard uses metaphors, allusions, and syntax in order to depict apartheid and how those who live under it are affected by bigotry and hate.
Abby Gomez: Arthur Miller Death of a Salesman  In Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller uses the idea of "American idealism" to show that the American Dream looks simple to the common man but is only achievable to the gifted.
Ben Gonzalez: J. D. Salinger The Catcher in the Rye In The Catcher in the Rye, Holden's character is a reflection of teenage angst and depression, and through him, Salinger is able to relate his own depression that was a result of his personal relationships and his time during the war.
Emily Jackson: Raymond Carver "Cathedral"  In "Cathedral" by Raymond Carver, the unnamed narrator expresses both a desire to maintain ultimate control over his home and an irrational fear of blindness, elements in the novel that symbolize the masculine ego and diminishes the role of women as independent entities.
Silas Johnson: Edgar Allan Poe "The Fall of the House of Usher"  Edgar Allan Poe uses tone, diction, and imagery in "The Fall of the House of Usher" to convey the theme that once decay has started it is difficult to stop.
Meredith Key: Oscar Wilde The Importance of Being Earnest  In The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde uses paradox, satire, and other literary devices to criticize society's focus on social standing and wealth in the late 19th century.
Nicole Kwak: William Golding Lord of the Flies  In Lord of the Flies, through two contrasting main characters, Jack and Ralph, Golding illustrates both civilized and barbaric aspects of society, ultimately confirming the existence of savagery in human beings.
Tiffany Levy: Henrik Ibsen A Doll's House  In A Doll's House, Nora is portrayed as being inferior, yet Henrik Ibsen shows that women can be equal to a man and possess a dominant role in a marriage.
Lilly Mauti: William Faulkner "A Rose for Emily"  In "A Rose for Emily," Faulkner shows the struggle between the past and the present through his use of characterization, imagery, and a retrospective point of view.
Michael McGregor: Robert Frost "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"  In "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,"  the narrator is depicted as hesitant and passive to serve Robert Frost as an example of inevitable submission to societal expectations.
Margaret Middlebrook: Oscar Wilde "The Picture of Dorian Gray"  In "The Picture of Dorian Gray," Oscar Wilde uses Dorian's character as a motif of the seven deadly sins and uses masculine stereotypes to challenge the traditional gender roles of the Victorian era.
Haley Newman: Edgar Allan Poe "The Raven" Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" uses contrasting elements, internal rhyming, and perspective to illustrate the endless devotion towards love.
Jordan Pagan: Jack London White Fang  In the novel White Fang, Jack London makes allusions towards specific political beliefs--specifically socialist Social Darwinism--and conveys thematic ideas, such as "survival of the fittest," through the use of extended metaphors and a unique narrative perspective.
Sam Peters: Mark Twain The Adventures of Tom Sawyer  In The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain expresses his views on society's hypocrisy in his time through satire and mockery of social institutions and characters.
Shannon Poage: Douglas Adams The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams' novel The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy exemplifies the Feminist/Gender Theory through its portrayal of female characters, such as Deep Thought, Tricia Marie McMillan (also known as Trillian Astro), and Vice President Questular Rontok, as strong, independent individuals.
Delaney Sandlin: John Steinbeck Of Mice and Men  In Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, those who are of a lower class have a mental deficiency or who are of a different race are subordinate to those with money and power, thus inhibiting them from achieving the "American Dream."
Kaitie Smedley: Markus Zusak The Book Thief  In The Book Thief, Markus Zusak uses symbolism, tone, and point of view to convey the desperate hope for a better future through resistance against conforming to a ruthless, immoral regime, as  depicted through Death's perspective of the life of the protagonist.
Jessye Thacker: F. Scott Fitzgerald This Side of Paradise  In This Side of Paradise, F. Scott Fitzgerald uses symbolic character names, a narration that draws a sketch of the protagonist, and an occasional shift to dialogue to reveal the internal conflict of Amory Blaine to either conform to the conventional social standards among the post-World War I youth or secure himself in his own individuality.
Zachary Wheeler: Joseph Heller Catch-22  In Joseph Heller's novel Catch-22, symbolism, irony, and paradox are used extensively in order to convey the absurdities of war and the controlling nature of bureaucracies.
Tybee Wilcox: Doris Lessing The Golden Notebook  By detailing the life of one woman through a series of notebooks, in The Golden Notebook Doris Lessing is able to accurately portray the experiences many women share by making a statement about a flawed society.

Steven Adams: George Orwell Animal Farm  In Animal Farm, George Orwell portrays the consequences of a socialist government through symbolism and allegory. 
Carolyn Baldwin: Aldous Huxley Brave New World  Aldous Huxley's work Brave New World criticizes his own society through his portrayals of brainwashed citizens living in the cities and technology that genetically designs people according to occupation in a dystopian world where everyoen is completely controlled by the government.
Christina Borg:  Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice  In Pride and Prejuduce, Jane Austen defies the social expectations of her patriarchal society by instilling the female characters with traits typically only given to men in that time, such as intelligence, wit, independence, and strongly held convictions.
Jacqueline Bruno: Margaret Atwood The Handmaid's Tale  In the novel, The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood explores gender inequalities through her creation of a futurisitc dystopia, in which the oppression of women represents Atwood's analysis of the positive and negative ideals of feminism. 
Kristin Byrd: Truman Capote In Cold Blood  In the novel, In Cold Blood, Truman Capote combines the use of journalistic and literary techniques to reveal the truth of the loss of innocence in society. 
Haley Chapman: Nathaniel Hawthorne The Scarlet Letter  In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne represents Transcendentalism by living in nature, exhibiting independence, and displaying nonconformity.
Courtney Chrestensen: Ralph Ellison Invisible Man In Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, Ellison illustrates a young black man's struggle with the idea of conformity in a society saturated with racial stereotypes and political ideologies and his conflict between self-perception and the projections of others.
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Kai Cruz: John Knowles A Separate Peace  In A Separate Peace, John Knowles uses the polar opposite characters of Phineas and Gene to convey the universal tendency of humans to deny the truth in order to set their mind at ease.
Tristan Drake:  Kurt Vonnegut Cat's Cradle  I DID NOT REMEMBER TO POST THIS THESIS.
Alyson Feezor: Zora Neale Hurston Their Eyes Were Watching God  In Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston portrays the theme of love and relationships versus Independence through her use of symbolism, imagery, and diction. 
Charlotte Fisher: Anne Sexton "All My Pretty Ones"  In the poem "All My Pretty Ones," Anne Sexton uses rhyme, allusion, and metaphor to illustrate the idea that not all memories of loved ones are beautiful.
Mandy Gonzalez: Edgar Allan Poe "The Tell-Tale Heart"  Edgar Allan Poe uses the literary devices of diction, symbolism, and irony in "The Tell-Tale Heart" to convey the idea that insanity can be caused by guilt.
Kristen Grimes: Tennessee Williams The Glass Menagerie  In Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie, Williams uses motifs and symbols to convey to readers how technology is used as an escape from social issues. 
Shannon Harris: Ray Bradbury Fahrenheit 451  Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 is an allegory for the insecurities of the government towards its citizens.
Chelsey Haselden:  Sylvia Plath  The Bell Jar Through the character of Esther in The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath reflects her own personal struggles with gender roles in her daily life. 
Addie Markham: F. Scott Fitzgerald "Babylon Revisited"  In "Babylon Revisited," F. Scott Fitzgerald uses symbolism, allusion, and the recurrence of certain characters to show that the past cannot be escaped.
Maggie May: T. S. Eliot "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"  In his poem "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," T. S. Eliot utilizes devices, such as allusion, diction, metaphor, and imagery, to express his theme of paralysis and the search of meaning in life and relationships with women in a modern society.
Rebecca Miles: Ernest Hemingway For Whom the Bell Tolls  In the novel For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway connects the suicide of his father, his infatuation with bullfighting, and his time spent in Spain during the Spanish Civil War to elucidate that even though death is inevitable, it is how one chooses to live and die that carries importance. 
McKenzie Mollock: J. M. Barry Peter Pan  J. M. Barry'sw novel Peter Pan portrays Wendy as a maternal figure for Peter to show how children need maternal figures to take care of them so they can grow and develop into adults.
Kaitlyn Morell: George Eliot The Lifted Veil  In The Lifted Veil, George Eliot uses repetition, imagery, and metaphor to suggest that from the things unknown arise human desire.
Kiera Nelson: Alice Walker The Color Purple In The Color Purple, Alice Walker uses gender roles to assert that people are weak and strong and that gender shouldn't dictate perceptions of qualities which are essentially human. 
Wesley Parvin: Ken Kesey One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest  Ken Kesey's novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest  explores governmental pressures on society's freedom through Bromden's insanely psychadelic world view. 
Michael Rahbar: Christopher Durang Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike  In Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Christopher Durang uses allusion, symbolism, and allegory to convey his characters' feelings of longing and unfulfillment.
Skyler Revis:  Chinua Achebe Things Fall Apart  In Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe uses diction, imagery, and symbolism to exhibit the turmoil and destruction caused to the Igbo people when their country is invaded by white men and their religion.
Kristin Rowe: Charles Dickins Oliver Twist  Through point of view, character structures, and tone, Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist conveys the meaning of the saying that it takes a village to raise a child.
Hannah Saunders  William Shakespeare "Sonnet 75"  Through parallels of extremes, "Sonnet 75" by William Shakespeare conveys the struggle of man's feelings of desire and dissatisfaction.
Kristin Shaw:  Lois Lowry The Giver  In The Giver, Lois Lowery protests the idea of excessive governmental control through the portrayal of the social, political, and economic aspects of the dystopian society in the novel. 
Daisye Tutor-New: Tennessee Williams A Streetcar Named Desire  In A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams uses setting and characterization to portray men as the dominant sex and women as powerless.
Nora Waters: Edward Albee The Adding Machine I DID NOT REMEMBER TO POST THIS THESIS.
Kendall Wilson: F. Scott Fitzgerald "Bernice Bobs Her Hair"  In  "Bernice Bobs Her Hair," F. Scott Fitzgerald uses Bernice and her peers to convey the idea that there should not be a standard for femininity.

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