Societies view on race. ethnicity and economic class

How does society’s views of race, ethnicity, economic class, religion, or sexuality influence individual identity and social stratification? For this unit, you will write a research paper in which you analyze a theme or issue that occurs in at least one literary text we’ve read during this course, and then argue how the theme or issue is a representation of today’s society. If art imitates life, pick a specific example from a piece (or several pieces) we studied throughout this semester that demonstrates this point. You will need to define ways in which this art, or works of art, accomplishes real life imitation. Also, you will also need to describe what distinguishes the fictional piece from the real life. In doing so, you may explore numerous concepts or issues related to this theme. Use at least one of these pieces of literature we studied as the text through which you investigate and discuss this theme/issue. You may choose to compare and/or contrast two works in regards to their treatment of the same or related themes. (Do not use more than 3 primary texts). Ultimately, your goal is to create a set of insights about this theme/issue. You are using the literary texts to help illustrate or build these insights. Therefore your analysis is not merely confined to a discussion of the literary text(s), but should instead seek to develop an argument regarding the broader theme/issue itself. Clearly, this assignment is intended to encourage each student to find an original path of research in which one can suit her/his interests and through which one can demonstrate unique analysis & insights. As part of this, you will use at least one primary literary text that we have read in this class. You also must use at least 4 secondary sources that meet the standards of “legitimate academic texts.” This will require you to do library research (and/or use the academic databases) as this requirement will negate much of what you might find on the general internet. It is expected that you will incorporate quotes and ideas from these sources fluidly within the context of your own analysis