The Research Essay
Your tasks to complete the requirements of WR150
are to engage in all the activities necessary
to produce the Research Essay.
Oxford English Dictionary (OED)
MAJOR POINT about the RESEARCH ESSAY:
You do not have to come up with some new idea or argument. You do not even have to argue anything.
Your task is to give your readers new information about an interesting topic. You might want to make connections between people or events or actions in the stories, but the most important thing is that you become an expert on your topic.
Steps in the Process
(which may or may not be taken chronologically or
one-after-the-other, but all of which MUST be taken)
- Choose an interesting topic related to the course topic and primary sources.
- Do broad and far-ranging research and reading (and talking) on the topic. TAKE NOTES (preferably hand-written—the better to remember the matter).
|Taking notes should include writing down
1) bibliographical information on any sources you might possibly use as well as 2) summaries of ideas from the sources and
3) your bright ideas that flash across your eyes or
4) begin to take shape in your mind.
A dedicated notebook works better than random scraps of paper.
- Choose a fascinating topic within the interesting topic that you will research in depth. The Topic I’m interested in is the conflict between reason and emotion throughout the play Arcadia by Tom Stoppard. The paper should focus on the play while bringing in other resouces as supporting evidence.
Please!!! Read and understand the play before writing. The pdf version of the play script is attached.
http://www.sparknotes.com/drama/arcadia/ this might help~
I found a post from sparknotes.com, which gives an idea about the topic.
“There is an implicit and persistent conflict between reason and emotion in Arcadia. Which characters might be said to embody reason and which characters might be said to embody emotion? Does this conflict find any resolution in the play?
Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia reveals the implicit conflict between reason and emotion. Stoppard creates characters as test models of each quality. For instance, Hannah Jarvis is the champion of reason, and Mrs. Chater is the champion of emotion. Mrs. Chater, however, does not help the play find resolution, as she never enters the stage. It is rather the struggle and journey of Septimus Hodge and Hannah Jarvis that brings the play to its final conclusion and victory of emotion.
The conflict between reason and emotion is introduced in the first pages of Arcadia. As Thomasina and Septimus work on their lesson, Thomasina innocently asks Septimus to tell her the meaning of carnal embrace. From this moment, academic knowledge never leaves sexual knowledge far behind. After all, Thomasina’s main theory, which is central to the theme of the book, rests on the motion of “bodies in heat.” Her modern counterpart, Chloe, voices the specific implications of Thomasina’s theory. Chloe suggests that Newton’s theory was wrong because he didn’t account for the random and unplanned nature of sexual attraction.
- Drill down deeply in your research on the fascinating topic to discover all there is known or should be known about the fascinating topic. TAKE NOTES (preferably hand-written—the better to remember the matter).
- Circle around the fascinating topic to discover all the surrounding matters of importance related to the fascinating topic. TAKE NOTES (preferably hand-written—the better to remember the matter).
- Do not forget to explore the historical, social, economic, religious, cultural, et cetera, aspects of the fascinating topic. TAKE NOTES (preferably hand-written—the better to remember the matter).
- Brainstorm in any way you find the most fun and/or useful.
- Choose the perspective, angle, thesis, approach you will take in writing your essay on this fascinating topic.
- Consider your readers. Who are they? What do they already know? Why would they want to know more? What would make your fascinating topic fascinating to them as well? Always keep your readers in mind.
- Decide what your purpose(s) will be in writing your essay. What do you want to achieve? What do you want your readers to know, feel after reading your essay?
- Start writing your ideas down whatever is in your head or in your notes. Do not worry about grammar, word choices, repetition, structure—just the ideas.
- Sort through your ideas. Discover what you are actually trying to persuade your readers to accept.
- Establish the structure of your essay. Consider using subtitles or subheadings.
- Introduction must include the topic, the commonplace (commonly help ideas), the problem, the context or background your readers will need to understand your argument, and some indication of your claim or resolution. (about three paragraphs)
- Body of your essay must include at least
- three strong argument supporting your claim and,
- for each argument, textual support from both primary and secondary sources to support your arguments.
- Recognition of at least one other important point of view that might weaken your claim
- Response or destruction of this potentially threatening other important view, again using textual support.
- Conclusion could include
- A clear statement of why the problem and your resolution (claim) is important to your readers.
- A clear, pithy restatement of your claim and main arguments. (This “summary” should not be your complete conclusion.)
- A clever tie-in to your opening statements.
- A suggestion for future research or steps to be taken.
- Revise your essay through careful reading and rereading to ensure that all your points make sense, that you are presenting your strongest arguments and most effective textual support in the most persuasive order.
- Consider making an appointment to see a writing tutor.
- Proofread carefully by actively reading your essay both silently and out loud.
Technical Requirements: 7 to10 pages, double-spaced, MLA style with separate Works Cited page (including your Annotated Bibliography) and a separate Works Consulted page.
Arcadia by Tom Stoppard
Performance of Arcadia
Large Group Discussion
Reviews of Performances (Some reviews are posted on Blackboard)
Scholarly or Critical Essays (Some essays are posted on Blackboard)
Words to Be Thoroughly Understood: