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I am writing a research paper. The paper is about exploring identity as gender thought...

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mzdizzy1326 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 28, 2013 at 3:42 PM via iOS

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I am writing a research paper. The paper is about exploring identity as gender thought the play A Raisin in the Sun. Will this program help me?

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e-martin | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 11, 2013 at 1:34 PM (Answer #1)

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In writing a research paper, eNotes can help you in a couple of ways.

One way to use eNotes in analyzing a play is to help you develop your ideas and the thesis of your research paper. Post questions relating to your ideas, regarding areas of the text you may want clarified, or to find out how rich a line of inquiry might be.

You could post questions on your topic here about specific characters: 

  • "How is Beneatha's character divided between differing modes of being?"
  • "How to Murchison and Asagai help to clarify or symbolize this division in Beneatha in terms of her gender roles?" 
  • "How does Ruth's pregnancy expose underlying tensions in the relationship between Ruth and Walter? What do these tensions say about gender roles within the relationship and within the household?"

The answers you get to questions like these can help you decide how to shape the arguments in your paper.  

A second way to use eNotes for a research paper is to look at the text related resources. There are essays available on many, many texts at eNotes, including Hansberry's play. The "Critical Essays" and "In-Depth" tabs will lead you to these resources, from which you may be able to draw citations for your essay and find useful scholarship/criticism on the text. 

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