ENG130 Culture in Things Fall Apart Novel Paper

Option #2: Comparison-Contrast of Cultural Perspectives in Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart

The Portfolio Project is designed to require you to expand your understanding of Things Fall Apart by combining knowledge and application of content with your own interpretation and judgment. For the Portfolio Project, you will write a comparison-contrast paper looking at the two different critical perspectives to analyze and evaluate which one best explains the novel. You should supplement your own theoretical reading perspective with information from three to five other sources. Your interpretation of this novel should reflect an international perspective. Information about planning your essay and conducting your research can be found in the lecture material for Module 5. The Portfolio Project is due in Week 8.

Essay Formatting Requirements:

  • 5-7 pages (not including title or reference page)
  • Minimum of three sources (excluding the novel)—must be credible, authored sources; anonymous Websites or sites like Wikipedia are not acceptable as one of your three main sources.
  • Double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12-pt font.
  • Title Page: for an explanation of how to formulate a title page in APA, see The Purdue OWL (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (scroll down to “Title Page”), or use the APA template provided in the CSU-Global Library.
  • Insert page numbers in the top right hand corner.
  • Include a reference page.
  • Use CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. for correct formatting in the paper and on the reference page.
  • Your final paper will be graded not only based on content but also on the quality of your writing, syntax, and grammar. Please be sure to pay special attention to the quality of your written work. It is highly recommended that you closely proofread your assignment prior to submission. In addition, you are again expected to provide support for your arguments based upon both the required and recommended readings for the course, your research, and any relevant points culled from the discussion boards. Review the Portfolio Rubric, located in the Module 8 folder.
  • In other words, any critical perspective from which you frame your thesis and overall paper needs to convey a sharper international or multicultural understanding of the novel and should be reflected in your outline and reference list.


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