Take a position and advance an argument on one of the posted topics
This is a primary sourced paper that includes 3 or more secondary sources. There must be a thesis wherein you take a position and advance an argument on one of the posted topics. There must be clear evidence of close reading of the assignments including quoting from the primary text to support your argument and relevant secondary sources from academically appropriate research. The essay must use MLA formatting and documentation as it explores its specific and significant argument on one of those listed or one you choose. It must be formal in tone. The apparatus (works cited) does not fall into the word count nor does the heading that goes only on the first page, not each page throughout the essay. Acceptable sourcing means no encyclopedias, no dictionaries, no newspapers, no TV, no unauthored material, no college sites, no student sites, no textbooks, no blogs, no Masterplots, no sourcing that doesn't directly relate academically to the material under consideration and have an author. Solid academic research is a requirement. This should not be a problem, however, since I have provided sources in my coursse. The paper must use MLA for formatting and documentation as it explores a specific and significant argument (one of those listed below or one you choose) in a formal tone. The essay must be well considered, well written, grammatically correct. Here are the assignment choices of topics: You may select one of the following projects and develop an argument for a research paper around the proposed topic. You may also develop your own project based in the course readings and develop an argument. 1. Apply Joseph Campbell's notion of the hero's journey--departure, initiation, return--to either (A)The "Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale," or (B) Beowulf, or (C) "Caedmon's Hymn" as it appears in Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People. If you choose this topic you will focus on the Wife of Bath, or Beowulf, or Caedmon, not all three. The essay will not be a mere tracing of the departure, initiation, and return, but an argument that uses the journey to illuminate your argument. Juan Cirlot's Dictionary of Symbols should be useful here, and Joseph Campbell's Hero with a Thousand Face will be requisite. 2. Examine the role of women in (A) Beginning with the Wife of Bath's description in the "General Prologue," her prologue to her tale, and the tale itself; or the role of women in Beowulf. Again, as you speculate you must define how or if the role of women is or is not significant to the Middle Ages and perhaps how or if that role is significantly different or significantly unaltered by time. You need to be careful with your conclusions. The obvious is never a smart choice. Again, Cirlot is a useful tool for an original argument as is Joseph Campbell. 3.Trace the evidence and effect of the hierarchical structure of Medieval England on the Nun's Priest from his description in the "General Prologue" and into his prologue to his tale, then his both his tale and the epilogue to the his tale. Develop your interpretation of the findings in a thesis. 4. Examine and evaluate the effect of Medieval misogyny through the Medieval lens of Chaucer in the "General Prologue" the "Nun's Priest's Prologue and Tale" and the "Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale." 5. Explore the possibility that the Nun's Priest in his prologue and tale is a hypocrite and perhaps guilty of the psychological phenomena of projection.I would encourage you to consider both conscious and unconscious evidence on the part of the priest. The Medieval period, of course, has no knowledge of such phenomena, so you might consider how such an argument might be legitimate as a consideration. This is a 5 page, primary sourced paper that includes secondary academic sources (research). There must be a thesis wherein you take a position and advance an argument on one of the topics. The starting place for your grade will be dependent on the length and depth of your essay. The five pages are of content and exclude the works cited. Acceptable sourcing means no encyclopedias, no dictionaries, no newspapers, no TV, no student sources, no college websites, no blogs, no Masterplots, no sourcing that doesn't directly relate to the material under consideration. Your task is to locate academic sources that speak to your topic. If your source does not have an author, it's not a source.There is a penalty for insufficient research. The essay must be well considered, well written, grammatically correct. Over three grammatical errors ensures a penalty. Additionally the thinking of the essay must be clear and contain an argument, a point. It is a given that evidence of textual support from the course readings is abundantly evident. Since there are two writing courses required for admission to this course, one of which requires a research paper, it is expected that you know the standards of a college paper and research. Here's a sample thesis The juxtaposition of the information provided in the 1 ) “General Prologue,”2 ) the “Wife of Bath’s Prologue,” and 3 ) her tale proper reveals the real narrative underlying the wife’s failed journeys. (The position [or argument] is underlined; the supports are numbered.)_______________________________________________________________________ Here's another sample thesis: The Wife of Bath on her multiple journeys illustrates her inability to mature as is evidenced in the lengthy and illogical prologue to her tale, her physical demeanor and choice of dress, and the naivete of the Arthurian tale she chooses to wishfully and incorrectly mirror her personal narrative. Here's a primary source sample from your textbook for the works cited: Chaucer, Geoffrey. “The Nun’s Priest’s Tale.” The Canterbury Tales. The Norton Anthology of English Literature. Vol 1. Ed. Greenblatt, et al. 9th Edition. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2012. 326-342. Print.