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Selecting Great Research Paper Topics On American Literature


Writing a research paper on American literature is quite a challenge. Before you start working on your paper, you have to decide on the appropriate topic, gather all the information needed and develop the whole concept of your essay. After you’ve finished these preliminary preparations, be ready to commit your inputs to writing. Selecting a good research paper topic is a hard task to do. You may stick to one of the following ideas while choosing the subject of your research paper or use this list as a guide to develop your own topic.

  1. The collection of colonial literature by a prominent American author of the 18 century William Byrde.
  2. Of Plymouth Plantation by William Bradford as the enlightenment for the future generations.
  3. Common Sense by Thomas Paine: crystallization of a sentiment for independence.
  4. The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper as one of the most celebrated pieces of literature depicting the epoch of the early history of the United States.
  5. The Pilot: A Tale of the Sea as a brilliant historic novel by James Fenimore Cooper.
  6. Personal philosophy in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poetry.
  7. Moby Dick by Herman Melville as an outstanding work of Romanticism and the American Renaissance.
  8. The prominent social reformer and abolitionist orator Frederick Douglass and his literary heritage.
  9. Uncle Tom’s Cabin – the brilliant anti-slavery novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe.
  10. Predomination of symbols of death in Edgar Allan Poe’s poetry.
  11. The anguish of body and mind in Emily Dickinson’s poetry.
  12. Aspirations to counteract the cowardice in Stephen Crane’s Red Badge of Courage.
  13. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain as the embodiment of the American childhood.
  14. The combination of realism and humanitarianism in The White Fang by Jack London.
  15. Nature of the rural New England in Robert Frost’s poetry.
  16. Deep controversies of “the jazz age” characters in The Great Gatsby by Frances Scott Fitzgerald.
  17. Love, war, wilderness and loss in A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway.
  18. The unconquerable spirit of a human being in Ernest Hemingway’s Old man and the Sea.
  19. The man’s ability to endure in For Whom the Bell Tolls, the tragic novel by Ernest Hemingway.
  20. The disillusionment of society after World War I in William Faulkner’s Soldiers’ Pay.

Once the topic of the research paper is determined, it is necessary to go through the chosen book attentively. In addition, the literary critics would be of great help. Then draft a plan of your work and start to write.

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