American lit unit 3 lc


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Support your observations and comments by quoting appropriate words, phrases, sentences directly from the work(s) you are analyzing. Remember to always follow a quotation with an explanation of how it supports your interpretation.

Works used in class:

  • “Hills Like White Elephants” by Ernest Hemingway
  • “Black Woman” by Georgia Douglas Johnson
  • “On Being Young – A Woman And Colored” by Marita Bonner
  • “Winter Dreams” by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • “Bitter Fruit of the Tree” by Sterling A. Brown
  • “The Ethics of Living Jim Crow” by Richard Wright

Option One

Identify two works in the text where the American Dream is addressed in some context and do the following:

  1. Explain how the American Dream is false, distorted, and unfulfilled.
  2. Support your explanation with specific references to characters, plot, or theme.

Option Two

Choose two works from the text by writers of the Harlem Renaissance and do the following:

  1. Explain how the common themes of alienation, marginality, folk roots and culture, or blues tradition are addressed in each work (choose only themes you are able to identify).
  2. Support your explanation with specific references to character and/or figurative language.

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