Research Questions Previous Years
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This is a partial list of initially proposed research questions OR thesis statements from previous years. Keep in mind that some of these topics led to A papers, and some led to E papers, etc. Some are good questions or thesis statements and some are the bare beginnings of an idea. They are included here to give you a starting point, not as examples of perfect topics.
Group 1: English19 Minutes & Columbine?
Group 1: EnglishA comparison of the novels Night and Dawn by author Elie Wiesel
Group 1: EnglishBooks Dawn an Night by Eli Wiesel
Group 1: EnglishCompare and contrast literary devices in both The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney.
Group 1: EnglishCompare and Contrast of the comedic and dramatic aspects of the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare and the book The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien and how they are both a coming of age story. My thesis will be a little clearer when I finish reading both pieces.
Group 1: EnglishCompare and contrast the characters and themes from the novel the Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald to No One Is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts
Group 1: EnglishComparing and contrasting Flowers for Algernon and Out of my mind
Group 1: EnglishComparing the portrayal of the American Dream in "Death of a Salesman" by Arthur Miller and "The Day of the Locust" by Nathanael West
Group 1: EnglishComparing The Secret Life of Bees and To Kill A Mockingbird
Group 1: EnglishContinued courage motif and character development based on courage in Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns
Group 1: EnglishContrast the point of view and literary styles of March by Gwendolyn Brooks and Little Women by Loiusa May Alcott. March is from the perspective of the father of the sisters in Little Women. Both books are set during the Civil War.
Group 1: EnglishHow do literary devices specifically figurative language, imagery, and allusions in Seamus Heaney's Death of a Naturalist and North collections compare/contrast in creating theme
Group 1: EnglishHow do the books "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" and "Snow Falling on Cedars" depict discrimination after World War II?
Group 1: EnglishHow do the themes of 1984 by George Orwell and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury convey individualism and it's importance in society?
Group 1: EnglishHow do writers H.P. Lovecraft and Franz Kafka use language in order to achieve a sense of terror within their audiences. (needs revision)
A comparison between Romantic writers Oscar Wilde and Edgar Allan Poe
Group 1: EnglishHow does Edgar Allan Poe explore motif differently in his poem The Raven and his short story The cask of Amontillado?
Group 1: EnglishHow does Johnathan Swift's use of satire in Gulliver's Travels show his goal of exposing the political and societal wrongs during his era?
Group 1: EnglishHow does Westerfeld utilize literary devices and contrasting themes to develop and expand the two main characters, Deryn and Aleksandar in the Leviathan trilogy?
Group 1: EnglishHow is a theme of feminism developed by the authors of Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea through defying gender norms and seeking female liberation?
Group 1: EnglishInterpret how the theme of strength despite adversity plays into the Protagonists' efforts to carry on in Ayn Rand's Anthem and Cormac McCarthy's The Road.
Group 1: EnglishJoy Luck Club vs The Bonesetter's Daughter by Amy Tan
Group 1: EnglishPeony in love vs snow flower and the secret fan
Group 1: EnglishRacism in the books "To Kill A Mockingbird" and "The Secret Life Of Bees"
Group 1: EnglishThe Implications of Daniel Quinn's Ishmael
Group 1: EnglishTo what extent do racial and gender inequality in The Secret Life of Bees show Lily's progression as a young woman?
Group 1: EnglishTo what extent do the depictions of Afghani women in "The Kite Runner" and "A Thousand Splendid Suns" differ and have similarities?
Group 1: EnglishTo what extent do the dystopian societies in the books "The Giver" by Lois Lowry and "Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury compare and contrast?
Group 1: EnglishTo what extent does societal racism impact the impressionable minds of two brothers causing one to betray the other in both The Kite Runner and Once We Were Brothers?
Group 1: EnglishTo what extent does the American graphic novel "Maximum Ride" resemble Japanese manga and vice-versa?
Group 1: EnglishTo what extent is William Shakespeare's play "Romeo and Juliet" an over exaggerated tragedy?
Group 1: EnglishWhat are the similarities and differences between the protagonists in Mark Twain's "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and "Adventures of Tom Sawyer"?
Group 1: EnglishWhat is the importance of symbolism in The Secret Life of Bees?
Group 1: EnglishHow did Ralph Waldo Emerson's poetry pertain to and exhibit the philosophical ideas of the Transcendentalist movement?
Group 1: EnglishLangston Hughes's poetry and the Harlem Renaissance
Group 1: EnglishA comparison of literary techniques ( mainly concerning Miller's use of tragedy versus Fo's didactic farce) that portray allegories of political corruption in Arthur Miller's play "The crucible" and Dario Fo's play "Accidental Death of an Anarchist".
Group 1: EnglishAllen Ginsberg’s poems “Howl”, “America”, and “Kaddish” exemplify the main themes of the Beat movement through the use of form and meter, symbolism, and imagery.
Group 1: EnglishAn Analysis of the Prevalent Themes Throughout Shakespeare's Sonnets
Group 1: EnglishAnalysis of Krakauer ideology, the idea of survival as the key to truly living, in his novels Into the Wild and Into Thin Air.
Group 1: EnglishAnalysis of Themes, motifs, symbols, and epigrams in Into The Wild by John Krakauer
Group 1: EnglishAnalyze the Impact of the Lottery by Shirley Jackson on gender role in american society
Group 1: EnglishCharacterization similarities and differences in The Great Gatsby and Trimalchio by Fitzgerald.
Group 1: EnglishComparing the themes of the book kite runner by Hosseini and night by Wiesel
Group 1: EnglishComparison of passion and reason in Hamlet
Group 1: EnglishComparison of religious symbolism in "Crime and Punisment" by Dostoevsky and "Romeo and Juliet" by Shakespeare
Group 1: EnglishHow and in what ways does William Shakespeare employ a motif of man versus beast in his play Macbeth?
Group 1: EnglishHow and why does Robert frost ise similar motifs throughout his poetry?
Group 1: EnglishHow are gender roles defined and developed throughout the novel The Beautiful and Damned by F Scott Fitzgerald.
Group 1: EnglishHow did the use of film as war propaganda evolve between the 1930's and 1940's and the 1970's and 1980's?
Group 1: EnglishHow do Nas' lyrics allude to the urban African-American lifestyle in 20th Century America?
Group 1: EnglishHow do the expectations of the common Victorian women relate to the expectations and reality of the women in Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility
Group 1: EnglishHow do the macabre lyrics of Tom Waits compare to the poems of Edgar Allan Poe?
Group 1: EnglishHow do the major themes of individuality, power, and love and sexuality impact and contribute to the plot of The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood?
Group 1: EnglishHow does Dai Sijie employ an art motif in his novel Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress to indicate a symbolic escape from oppression?
Group 1: EnglishHow does Edgar Allan Poe demonstrate themes of Romanticism in his prose " The Cask of Amontillado" "The Fall of the House of Usher" and his poem "To Helen" (Don't change stories or you may overlap Caroline Breaux)
Group 1: EnglishHow does Emily Dickinson's reclusive life play a role in isolation in her poems?
Group 1: EnglishHow does F. Scott Fitzgerald utilize symbolism and imagery in The Great Gatsby to illustrate the potential falling of materialism?
Group 1: EnglishHow does Frost portray the fragility of life as a theme throughout several of his poems?
Group 1: EnglishHow does Harper Lee use the bildungsroman technique to show the development of the main character Scout as she discovers racism, social prejudice, and segregation in the book To Kill a Mockingbird?
Group 1: EnglishHow does J.R.R. Tolkien expand the fictitional setting in the novel, The Hobbit?


How does J.R.R. Tolkien inorporates life experiences into the novel, The Hobbit?
Group 1: EnglishHow does John Steinbeck of Mice and Men portray the plight of migrant workers pursuing the American Dream?
Group 1: EnglishHow does Shelley's Frankenstein and Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea employ nature to develop a sense of a character's self-discovery?
Group 1: EnglishHow does Sylvia Plath's poetry reflect her inner struggles with depression?
Group 1: EnglishHow does the motif of evil within Shakespeare's Macbeth explore the darker side of human nature?
Group 1: EnglishHow does Walt Whitman Explore the Theme of Individualism in his Poetry.
Group 1: EnglishHow does William Blake's poetry explore the theme of innocence?
Group 1: EnglishHow have traditional Greek myths been altered to fit modern times as shown by the author Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series?
Group 1: EnglishHow is the symbol of carried things portrayed throughout the novel in "The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien?
Group 1: EnglishHow is the theme of identity developed through main characters in Mal Peet's "Tamar"?
Group 1: EnglishI will be analyzing the transformation of the Little Seamstress in the novel Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress using literary devices such as characterization, symbolism, and other forms of figurative language.
Group 1: EnglishIn Edgar Allen Poe's short fiction, how does he illustrate Romanticism as seen in American literature?
Group 1: EnglishIn what ways did the eastern culture in Thousand Splendid Suns affect the novel and how does the culture there differ from western culture?
Group 1: EnglishIn what ways did Wilfred Owen show the true nature of the horrors of war?
Group 1: EnglishIn what ways do Emily Dickinson's poems reflect the universal idea that experience is the key to success in life?
Group 1: EnglishIn what ways do Remarque and Sassoon expose the horrors of war to the modern world through their works?
Group 1: EnglishIn what ways do Shakespeare's sonnets explore the nature and definition of love?
Group 1: EnglishIn what ways do the poems of Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Agha Shahid Ali illustrate revolutionary ideas regarding Pakistani identity and culture?
Group 1: EnglishIn what ways does Afghan culture and history made manifest in the novel A Thousand Splendid Suns?
Group 1: EnglishIn what ways does Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya reveal an adolescent's struggle for determining their personal identity?
Group 1: EnglishIn what ways does the book Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury portray the ideas of individualism in the face of societal oppression?
Group 1: EnglishIn what ways does Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand convey the themes of suffering and perseverance?
Group 1: EnglishIn what ways does William Shakespeare explore the nature and impact of human corruption in Macbeth?
Group 1: EnglishMy essay will be a thorough analysis of the allegorical concepts in Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, the strategies used to achieve this and why Carroll does this.
Group 1: EnglishThe Analysis of the Unbalance of Passion and Reason in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
Group 1: EnglishThe parallels between Farenheit 451 and 1984 regarding the dystopian authoritative restraints on individualistic thought.
Group 1: EnglishThe variations to a large extent have been affected by the original novel by Victor Hugo. With similar plot structure, characterization, and historical allusion, the several perceptions of Les Miserables continue to show reference to the original whether it be from song lyrics to script.
Group 1: EnglishTo what extent are the protagonists in All Quiet on the Western Front and the Sorrow of War alike?
Group 1: EnglishTo what extent can Randle McMurphy be perceived as a religious metaphor in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest?
Group 1: EnglishTo what extent did the novel Wuthering Heights break social norms for female character in the victorian society.
Group 1: EnglishTo what extent did William Blake's poetry affect the religious and romanticism movement?
Group 1: EnglishTo what extent do George Orwell's characters in Animal Farm relate to critical aspects and figures of the Russian Revolution?
Group 1: EnglishTo what extent does Bob Dylan explore the themes of love and loss in his lyrics?
Group 1: EnglishTo what extent does culture affect characters and conflict in "The Kite Runner" ?
Group 1: EnglishTo what extent does Eavan Boland portray the experience of being a women in the Irish history and culture during the late 1900s
Group 1: EnglishTo what extent does Edgar Allan Poe use Romantic Literary Techniques in his Poetry?
Group 1: EnglishTo what extent does Eva Hoffman show the difficulties of discovering one's identity in assimilation into a different culture in the memoir Lost in Translation?
Group 1: EnglishTo what extent does George Orwell expose the hypocrisy and Russian Revolution in the novella Animal Farm?
Group 1: EnglishTo what extent does Harper lee use symbols to emphasize the themes of good vs evil, morality, and social inequality in To Kill A mockingbird
Group 1: EnglishTo what extent does Langston Hughes's poetry influence the Harlem Renaissance ?
Group 1: EnglishTo what extent does Scarlett O'Hara represent the views of the South as a whole during the period of the Civil War and Reconstruction?
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