Essay #3 – Song of Solomon
The final essay for the course will focus on Morrison’s novel Song of Solomon.
• First, choose a topic that you will focus your essay on. You may choose your own topic to explore or you may choose from one of the topics listed below. After choosing a topic, brainstorm how you would like to develop it in an essay. Then, write a proposal for your essay (a typed paragraph) in which you state the topic and briefly explain how you will argue for or against that topic in your essay. (Due: Tuesday, October 28 by 11:59 pm in Bb)
• Next, research your topic using credible and scholarly sources such as the electronic library databases, books from the library, google scholar, etc., and find at least two secondary sources that you will use in your essay to help argue your point. Then, compose an annotated bibliography of secondary sources only. (Due: Friday, November 7 by 11:59 pm in Bb)
• Finally, write a 4-5 page well-developed essay that includes an introduction paragraph with a clear thesis, multiple body paragraphs that begin with strong topic sentences, and a conclusion paragraph that gives a logical ending to your paper and leaves the reader with a sense of closure about your topic and the claim made in the essay. The essay should include a works cited page. (Due: Monday, December 1 by 11:59 pm in Bb)
1. When Milkman returns home at the end of the novel, after Pilate locks him away in the cellar, he arrives at his house with only a box full of Hagar’s hair, and “almost none of the things he’d taken with him” (334). How is the reader meant to feel about materialism or the art of owning things after reading this book?
2. How does Morrison define “love” in the world of Song of Solomon?
3. What vision of America does Song of Solomon offer the reader, especially someone not familiar with the time period?
4. What does the reader learn about race and America through the events presented in the novel?
5. The names of the characters play an important role in the novel. What is the significance of names in Song of Solomon? For example, what is the significance of Pilate’s, Milkman’s, Hagar’s, or Ruth’s names in relation to their characterization throughout the course of the novel?
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