Here are your two options for your paper. Your first option is to conduct an original close reading (analysis) of one or two literary works from the book "Bedford"; your second is to examine an author's historical, social, and/or political background and how it affected his or her writing. You must choose from the texts we've read during the semester. If you're unsure about any part of this assignment, please email me or see me after class.
I would advise you to limit the number sources you use as part of your grade will be on your own originality; sources are meant only to support your ideas and arguments and shouldn't be the bulk of your paper.
Write a 4-6 page doube-spaced paper in MLA format with sources properly cited both in the paragraphs and at the end of the paper.
I just want to make it clear that I'm looking for your own original ideas and interpretations in your paper-- there are no "wrong" interpretations as long as you can use the text to logically support those interpretations; in addition, you will be graded on how well you develop your argument and closely analyze the text, how well you use text to support your interpretations, and how well you use grammar/mechanics.
The books name is The Bedford Introduction to Literature