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HIST 020H Summer 21 – How to cite in your Final Essay As you know, you must provide specific examples from the novel to describe correctly the four strategies of resistance, to analyze why these strategies fail and to support all the arguments you make when you compare these strategies, and Kosawa’s revolution in general, with other revolutions that you have learned in the course. The argument is not fully strong and solid if you do not give an example from the text with which the reader can check whether your description/analysis on the novel (i.e., your report, the essay you have to write) is well sustained or not. PLAGIARISM INCLUDES PARAPHRASING – putting other people’s ideas or information into your own words without citations. Plagiarism will result in a zero on the assignment and your case will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct. The easiest way to do cite: Parenthetical (in text) references Parenthetical references are used within the text of your essay to give the reader the precise information on from where you have extracted an example. The parenthetical reference will consist of the author's last name followed by the page(s) number in which the reference is located. You should work with two types of quotes: - Direct quotes. When you provide directly the words of the author, without interpreting or paraphrasing anything. “Direct quotes need to be distinguished through quotation marks. The quote marks go outside punctuation and the citation goes immediately after the quote, outside the quotation marks.” (Author’s last name, page(s) number) Ex: (Mbue, p. 140) or (Mbue, pp. 175 – 190) If you are citing an external source aside from the novel (something that is not necessary, but just in case you want to do it), cite in this way: (author’s last name, date of publication of the book/journal article, page(s) number) 1 Example of a mock essay: The character of Thula is absolutely necessary to understand the transition from a people with traditional convictions that include the belief on the natural goodness of the people, to more combative attitudes that are only a reflection of the continuous disappointments and disillusionments experienced by the people of Kosawa. As Thula states right after knowing of her father's disappearance: “I know nothing about how a girl makes men pay for their crimes, but I have the rest of my life to figure it out” (Mbue, p. 57) This is a direct quote, you just cite the author’s words as they are written in the text. For any quote that is longer than three typed lines, you must turn it into a block quote like this. A block quote is single-spaced and does not have quotation marks around. The paratheses of the citation go at the end. It should look exactly like this (Author’s last name, page number) - Indirect quotes Part of your wok is to find constant evidence in the text to support your arguments and this cannot always be done with direct quotes. That is why, in other cases, you will find the evidence and paraphrase the author's words, i.e., you will write in your own words what the author is saying, giving the citation between parentheses at the end of the reference. Example of a mock essay: The character of Thula is absolutely necessary to understand the transition from a people with traditional convictions that include the belief on the natural goodness of the people, to more combative attitudes that are only a reflection of the continuous disappointments experienced by the people of Kosawa. One of those moments of disillusionment or fall into reality is when Thula experiences the disappearance of her father and realizes that the corruption of her community's own leaders has been part of it. Here is when Thula swears to take revenge even though, as she herself admits, she does not know how to go about it (Mbue, p. 57), which is a reflection of the absence of evil in the community that others take advantage of. Here you are doing the same as in the first example, but instead of giving the direct quote (“I know nothing about how a girl makes men pay for their crimes, but I have the rest of my life to figure it out”) you are paraphrasing the author, giving the same idea that Mbue (thought Thula) states on page 57, but with your own words. 2 For those of you who are using the pdf version of the book (which is not numbered in the margins) it will be enough for me if you open the pdf and look at the page marker at the top to see what page you are on, and I will be able to identify your reference, so use that method for the parenthetical citation. INFORMATION TO GIVE THE WHOLE BIBILIOGRAPHICAL REFERENCE AT THE END OF THE ESSAY: Author: Imbolo (First name), Mbue (Last name) Year of publication: 2021 Title: How Beautiful We Were City of Publication: New York Publisher: Random House How to make the reference with the information I provided: Author’s last name, Initials. (Year of publication), Title (in italics), City of publication, Publisher. 3
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How Beautiful We Were
Introduction
Mbue's new novel, "How Beautiful We Were," invites us to look at the dreamers once
more. But it's a very distinct book, born of a completely different fantasy. This is the story of
people touched by the United States from thousands of miles away, which began nearly two
decades ago. Yet, despite their faith in American kindness, they wish to be left alone rather
than accepted. This is the ancient pattern of the West clawing its way into Africa, stealing its
resources, destroying its land, and slaughtering its people (Kankam, p.10-12).
Strategies Used to Fight for Justice
Rebellion
In 1980, close to the end of another depressing meeting between Pexton officials and
the locals, the village maniac disrupts the proceedings. "Gentlemen," he tells the startled
officials, "you'll be spending the night with us in Kurosawa." (Kankam, p.70). He has another
idea: the villagers should detain Pexton's troops as hostages until they obtain what they
desire. That politely announced kidnapping sets off a chain reaction of violent crimes and

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government retaliation that will wreak havoc on Kosawa for decades. In this sense, what
appears to be a madman's caprice at the start of the work might be interpreted as an
enlargement of the moral imagination. Isn't it insane to go up against Big Oil and hope for
justice?
Liberation
As Mbue progresses through the years, the children's voices repeatedly return to
narrate their village's problems. However, the narrative also centers on one of those young
individuals, a bright young lady named Thula Nangi. Thula pledges herself after witnessing
her village's mistreatment and the exceptionally high price paid by her family: "I know
nothing about how a female makes men pay for their crimes, but I have the rest of my life to
figure it out." (Kankam, p 120).
"How Beautiful We Were" is primarily about Thula's eff...


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