Title: The Effects of Alienation in Toni Morrison’s Sula

Essay Assignment 1: Documented Literary Analysis
Your literary analysis essay will be on the novel
Sula by Toni Morrison
In what ways are the various characters in the novel alienated from the community?
Topic: How do they cope with their loneliness, their preoccupations, and other effects of
feeling alienated?
Thesis Analisis: thesis Statement:
Sula’s novel analyzes into themes of identity, race, and the effect of defying social norms
at that time.
How to Write about Toni Morrison (linked here for your
Your literary analysis should be between 2 ½ and 3 pages (600 to
750 words), not including the Works Cited page, should be double
spaced in Times New Roman 12-point font and must meet the
following criteria:
• A clearly articulated thesis that states, somewhere in your
introduction, the assertion (position, interpretation) that
your paper will prove
• An introduction, a minimum of 3 body paragraphs, and a
• At least two quotes from the novel itself that are integrated
into your discussion
• At least two citations of outside sources (such as literary
criticism on the novel All sources must be academic.
• Topic sentences that focus the discussion of the body
• Examples, details, explanations in the body paragraphs that
clearly support your thesis
• Clear connections between ideas from paragraph to paragraph
and within paragraphs
• Proper MLA style format in the heading, in the in-text
citations, and in the Works Cited page (see the template for
the heading and margins in this lesson)
• Works Cited page includes articles from two sources and from
the novel for a minimum of three total listed sources
• Standard usage, grammar, and mechanics
➢ You will submit your final draft through the Turn-it-in drop
box designated for this purpose in the course. Please be
aware, that although Turn-it-in does allow for similarities
for quotations up to 24% of your paper, any similarity above
24% is considered too high for an original paper and will be
flagged as plagiarism.
➢ You can get help with your paper at any of the campus writing
centers (see the link in the course with this information),
and you can also receive online help via SmartThinking, the
online tutoring service provided by the College. This service
is available by clicking on SmartThinking in the left-hand
menu bar of the course under Tools & Resources.

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