There is two Themes I want you to Choose one Theme
The friendship between Troy and Bono is the first relationship shown in the
play. Their conversations provide a glimpse into Troy's thoughts. Bono has been
following Troy's lead since they met in prison more than thirty years earlier.
Troy has been a role model for Bono, but Bono serves as a conscience for Troy.
It is Bono who first alerts the audience to Troy's extramarital affair, and it
is Bono who questions the wisdom of Troy's actions. The friendship is tested
when Troy is promoted to driver and put on another route. When questioned about
his absence from Troy's house, Bono replies that it is the new job that keeps
them apart. But there is also a hint that Troy's betrayal of Rose has changed
the dynamics of their friendship.
Limitations and Opportunities
At the heart of Troy's unhappiness is his disappointment at not being able to
play professional baseball. Troy became an accomplished ball player while in
prison. He was good enough to play in the Negro leagues, but his true desire
was to play major league ball. Troy felt he was excluded because, at the time,
black players were still not accepted, but the story is more complex than Troy
wants to believe. The fifteen years that Troy spent in prison made him too old
for the major leagues. Troy ignores this argument, since to acknowledge that he
was too old is to accept partial responsibility for not being able to play; it
was his own actions that led to a fifteen year prison term, a period during
which his youth slipped away. It is easier for Troy to blame a system that
discriminates against black players than to admit that he lacked either the
talent or the youth to play major league baseball.
Troy's son, Cory, also has the opportunity for a better life
through athletics. But Troy is so bitter over his own lack of opportunity that
he holds his son back from any success he might achieve. When Cory is recruited
for a college football scholarship, it is his father who forbids Cory to play.
Troy is unable to accept that his son might succeed where he had failed—and
Cory accuses his father of just such a motivation. But it is more than a desire
to control Cory's success that is at the heart of Troy's actions. He truly
fails to see that the world has changed in the past twenty years. Black men are
now playing professional sports with white men. The restrictions that kept the two
races apart athletically have eased. A football scholarship would mean more
than playing a sport; it would be an opportunity for education and a chance to
advance to a better world.
1- After you have chosen which theme
or themes you want to apply to your research paper and have completed your
sentence outline ( an outline of the theme from the article or essay you
chose), you are to start looking for that theme in the novel or selection and
how it is presented or represented..
2 - Since your research paper is a
literary analysis paper, you will be looking for how your particular theme
works in the novel/selection once you begin your paper. I suggest that you do not attempt to work on
the paper until you have a clear and concise understanding of your theme and
have read the entire novel/selection.
3- Make sure you mark significant
passages in your novel/selection that will help to strengthen your argument.
Always introduce your direct
quotation, paraphrase and summary. Also make sure you comment afterwards. By doing this introduction and commentary,
your voice will be sure to be heard in the paper.
Make sure you remain as objective
as possible. Note using the first person “I” in a paper makes it subjective.
The second person “you” is not an indefinite pronoun. A useful pronoun to use is “one” then follow
it with “s/he.” Or make the subject
plural and follow it with “they.”
6- The length of your paper should be 8-10 Full Pages with the Works
Cited page not counting as one of those pages.
7- All pages should be numbered
beginning with the first and ending with the Works Cited page.
8- For a paper this length you should
have at least 6 sources. Three of these
sources must be critical, from a collection of essays or an article in a
refereed journal. A refereed journal is
a journal that specializes in the topic where the paper has been sent to at
least three of the author’s peers and then published. Do not use Wikipedia as a source. You may use it as a means to obtain a clear
and precise idea of you topic. Sometimes
Wikipedia will give you a link to a credible source that you may be able to
If you do a cover page, MLA dictates that an outline
of the paper should follow.