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In this text, there are many biblical references, especially names; many of them are used ironically. Discuss two or more of these references or names and explain how an examination of their meaning will help us understand the text overall. General Description of the Assignment: The Final Researched Essay is a literary analysis, an in-depth paper, that interprets a specific idea about one of the texts assigned in the course. The goal of this assignment is to argue a particular point of view that will broaden and deepen an understanding of your selected text. Therefore, your objective is to support a thesis, a focused argument, with evidence. Therefore, you are performing what some call a “close reading” of your primary text. This interpretation or close reading addresses meaning in the work itself, but the research paper must be developed and supported with evidence from the text you have selected, the primary source, and also from secondary sources, scholarly articles and books. Structure of the Essay: Your overall argument or thesis must be presented and fully explained in your introduction, but you do not have to “cram” your thesis into one sentence. You may need a paragraph or more to fully explain your purpose to the reader. The introduction should also identify the primary text’s title and the author and define any relevant terms. I also recommend providing a brief overview of the primary source’s plot before getting into your thesis; this way, your ideas will be in context for the reader. The body of the essay will support the thesis in an organized, cohesive present that follows a logical progression. Do not put anything in the essay that does not relate to your purpose, including background information on the author. You conclusion may be used to sum up your argument, but make sure your conclusion does not simply repeat the introduction. Required Research: You are required to use scholarly research, but most of your research will have been completed with the Annotated Bibliography Assignment. Although you do not have to use all the sources cited in your bibliography, you may want to add new sources, depending on your paper’s final focus. OBJECTIVES At completion of this assignment, you will be able to Create a debatable focused thesis, an argument based on one or more of the assigned readings in the course. Develop the focused thesis in an organized essay that flows in a logical presentation. Support the focused thesis with both the primary source(s) and secondary scholarly sources. Utilize the scholarly research, completed for the annotated bibliography assignment, to support the focused thesis. Incorporate and cite scholarly sources using MLA format. Create a researched essay focused on a one of the course’s assigned texts. Requirements for the Assignment Your essay will propose a central idea (thesis) that is supported and developed with several body paragraphs that grow systematically out of the central idea. Everything in the essay must be directly related to the central idea and must contribute to the reader’s understanding of that central idea. Both the primary source, the selected text, and secondary sources are required to support the thesis. Five to six secondary, scholarly sources are required. Do not use unreliable online sources, such as Wikipedia or Sparknotes. Only scholarly sources are accepted. Your primary source is not one of the sources used in this assignment. The final paper will be six to eight pages in length, not counting the Works Cited page. Everything in the paper, including citation and the Works Cited page, must follow current MLA guidelines. For specific information on how to use MLA format, please see The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers and the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing. The OWL at Purdue, the online writing lab, is another excellent source: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/ The final paper will be typed and double-spaced with one inch margins. Use a 12 point font, such as Times New Roman, and black ink. Submit your paper as a Word document; do not put your paper in an adobe PDF file. The final paper will be well organized, cohesive, and grammatically/ mechanically correct. Give your paper a title.