What advice would you give for a 7 to 10-page research paper on the character analysis of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games?

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Hi! I can suggest a couple of different directions for you to go. I have listed a few topics to get you thinking about your thesis statement. I also assume that research paper implies a certain number of outside sources, but without knowing what level of school you are in,...

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Hi! I can suggest a couple of different directions for you to go. I have listed a few topics to get you thinking about your thesis statement. I also assume that research paper implies a certain number of outside sources, but without knowing what level of school you are in, I do not know if this means scholarly research articles or sources targeted at more general audiences. At the end of the post, I will suggest some places for you to go to search for both kinds of sources.

Here are a couple topic ideas. Please keep in mind that the main idea with writing a research paper is to find a strong focus and create a targeted thesis that lays out the structure of the rest of your paper.

1) Perhaps you want to focus on a particular aspect of Katniss's character; for example, you could discuss how Katniss's motivations evolve from the personal desire to save her sister to the broader desire to stand up for all those who are oppressed. The same kinds of internal cravings for fairness and justice drive her in both cases. With this topic, you could incorporate a lot of other pieces of Katniss's character into the main focus on her motivations.

2) If you want to take a broader, more systematic approach, you would need to isolate a few aspects of Katniss's character that add up to a complete viewpoint you have on her. The different aspects would make up the body paragraphs, and the total viewpoint would be the thesis you present at the end of the introduction. For example, you could argue that she is a complicated character with strong virtues to do good and see justice done in the world but that she is subject to human failings. You could talk about things like her resilience, moral compass, and deep sense of loyalty. In this case, you could also discuss how certain tendencies in her character lead her to make bad choices despite her good intentions, making for an overall nuanced, relatable protagonist.

Sources:

If you are in college, you will need scholarly sources for a research paper. Go to your school's library website and use the search function to access the online journals. These will have shorter articles for you to skim. Make sure you take down the citation of the ones you like, and remember to attribute all info you get from other places to the appropriate author, even if you did not quote them word for word.

If you are in high school, you definitely want to check with your teacher on what kind of sources you should be using. What are your teacher's parameters for "reliable"? Essentially, are you able to use articles from newspapers or opinion magazines? Do you need to use your textbooks? I would suggest making sure that all your articles come from well-known sources, like the New York Times or popular online literary magazines. Go to these websites directly and use their search features. Again, attribute any information that is not your own to the appropriate author!

Hopefully this will get you started. Good luck!

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