Choose two novels (Foer’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Bel Canto, The Namesake, Cormac McCarthy’s The Road ) and write a comparative paper that addresses one or more central themes present in both novels. The paper should have introductory and concluding paragraphs, a clear argumentative thesis, at least four paragraphs of development, and proper MLA in-text citation and a Works Cited page. As this is a research paper, your work should be supported not only with relevant textual details from both novels but also with a minimum of four secondary sources. Paper should be between 2,000 and 2,500 words.
Suggested areas of focus:
Literature and trauma
Fathers and sons
Mothers and sons
Preoccupations of the twenty-first century novel