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*Literary Analysis Research Essay: The literary analysis research essay (1250 words), due towards the end of the course, will analyze an author’s collection of short stories that you choose. It should be a literary text (e.g., not genre writing such as young adult, horror, mystery, or romance) that has been influential, and has been the frequent subject of critical analysis – this will be evident when you check JStor or other library databases. The text you choose should not be so recent that its impact on literature has not yet been determined, or analyzed in critical texts. Using research to support your points, you will develop and write a literary argument about the collection as a whole, focusing on two or three key stories. Your analysis will be supported with the sources you find in your research (at least FIVE). This assignment is worth 200 points.

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Research Proposal "The House on Mango Street" A good comprehension of a text is a critical requirement when seeking to conduct a literal analysis of the material. The book must also be captivating and addressing issues that a scholar perceives to be interesting to ensure that one is thoroughly engaged in the process. The work selected for this analysis is Sandra Cisneros’ "The House on Mango Street." Why the book? The "The House on Mango Street" by Sandra Cisneros is an excellent and exciting read. There are several things that drew me to this book, and that made it an obvious choice for the analysis. These include the fact that the story is a blend of deeply profound and sometimes funny short stories. This story about growing up and coming to grips with one identity is inspiring and challenging at the same time. The short vignettes used to narrate Esperanza’s story makes an exciting and thoughtful read. The story also drew me because it gave a platform for women in society and shared the challenges they face. It tells of their poverty, dreams, and aspirations, the harsh realities and fates faced as ethnic minorities. Another critical facet that drew me to the book is that it’s an easy read that one can manage to go through in a single sitting making it possible to give an informed analysis of the tales and the themes it so richly presents What are potential research areas? A review of Cisneros’ “The House on Mango Street” shows that there are numerous areas that have a potential for research. These include the themes that are presented in the text, such as identity, poverty, challenges of minority groups, feminism, domestic violence, gender issues, and so forth. Another potential area of research is the literal devices that have been adopted by the author as she pens down her story. These are the elements that enrich the story and make it an interesting read that it is. All these represent potential areas that a scholar can venture into and develop an excellent paper. What are the Ideas from Research? An assessment of research on Cisneros’ “The House on Mango Street” has revealed several ideas and themes which are prevalent, and which align with my research. These include the struggle of dual identity, specifically the minority Mexican community living within the US (Betz, 2012; Saber, 2013). The other major theme is racial prejudice that is faced by these minorities from white members of the community (Olivares, 2005). The theme of feminism has also risen as Cisneros represents various female characters that seem to be trapped in their situations and struggle (Doyle, 1994). Another critical idea is the issue of language with the book mixing English and Spanish phrases. The theme of identity also features as Esperanza seeks to establish her identity in a home and community environment plagued with poverty, immigrant issues (Martin, 2008) and other struggles that face minority communities. What are the potential areas for further study? After undertaking a review of current research on this piece of literature, further research is essential to address some of the themes in the text that have not to receive significant attention, such as domestic violence, poverty, social evils, struggles of minority groups, and so forth. It will also be necessary to undertake a comprehensive study of themes that have been covered previously such as identity Which materials will be necessary? When conducting the research, the sources that will be sought are those that take an indepth look at the work of Sandra Cisneros in “The House on Mango Street” as well as the author in general. These sources will help to shed more information on the selected issue as well as provide a background on the author that will make it possible to comprehend the text more clearly. References Betz, R. (2012). Chicana “Belonging” in Sandra Cisneros' The House on Mango Street. Rocky Mountain Review, 66, 18-33. Retrieved April 15, 2020, from Cisneros, S. (1984). The House on Mango Street, Vintage Contemporaries, A division of Random House, Inc., New York Doyle, J. (1994). More Room of Her Own: Sandra Cisneros's The House on Mango Street. MELUS, 19(4), 5-35. doi:10.2307/468200 Martin, K. (2008). The House (of Memory) on Mango Street: Sandra Cisneros's Counter-Poetics of Space. South Atlantic Review, 73(1), 50-67. Retrieved April 15, 2020, from Olivares, J. (2005). Entering The House on Mango Street (Sandra Cisneros). In T. Burns & J. W. Hunter (Eds.), Contemporary Literary Criticism (Vol. 193). Detroit, MI: Gale. (Reprinted from Teaching American Ethnic Literatures: Nineteen Essays, pp. 209-235, by J. R. Maitino & D. R. Peck, Eds., 1996, Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press) Retrieved from Saber, Y. (2013). The Charged Strolls of the Brown Flâneuse in Sandra Cisneros's "The House on Mango Street". Pacific Coast Philology, 48(1), 69-87. Retrieved April 15, 2020, from Sarbanes, J. (2020). An overview of The House on Mango Street. In Literature Resource Center. Detroit, MI: Gale. Retrieved from ...
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