The role of the characters in light of pre- and post-colonialism

This is a paper that is requiring the student to discuss the role of the characters in light of pre- and post-colonialism. The paper also provides additional information to use in the writing of the assignment paper. Below is the paper description to follow:

The role of the characters in light of pre- and post-colonialism

General Topics:

1. The role of women is played out in a similar fashion in Frankenstein, Heart of Darkness, and Things Fall Apart.  However, there are distinctive differences as well.

2. The roles of the characters in the novel are very different before and after colonization. In Frankenstein, the  characters and not affected by colonization because they are European, and thus, the colonizers. In Heart of Darkness the Africans are fully colonized. Finally, in Things Fall Apart, we witness the effects of colonization as the white man moves in with their religion.

Specific Topics:

For this paper, you will develop an argument that addresses either the role of women in these novels through the lens of either feminism or post-colonialism. You will also want to examine what the role is like for women in Europe even though the country is not colonize. Do they have more or less freedom? What is their role?

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You will examine the role of the characters in light of pre- and post-colonialism. What freedoms do they have before colonialism? What do they lose?

The questions above are very general. You must do more than just answer them. You must have a specific argumentative topic. In other words, your thesis will not be: “The role of women is similar and different in these novels.”  What is the specific point you will be arguing? You will decide this after completing your research on the novels and on feminism or post-colonialism.

You must use one of these approaches to in your paper. (If you use one of these articles from Purdue, it does count as one of your scholarly sources. What will you argue about feminism or post-colonialism? You will not know your specific argument until you do the research. Research, and read the material first, then once you see what information you have, and what the literary critics have to say, you can start developing your argument around the sources you have.

 

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