What are some research paper topic ideas?I have to write a research paper on a quote for AP English, but I cannot decide on a quote. Do you have any ideas on one that I could use, or even just a...

What are some research paper topic ideas?

I have to write a research paper on a quote for AP English, but I cannot decide on a quote. Do you have any ideas on one that I could use, or even just a topic I could write about? I'm a pretty decent writer, so it can be one that is a bit complicated. What I don't want is one of those Hallmark card ones about how great life is. And thank you very very much!

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amarang9 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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It depends on what your interests are. You could use a quote from a novel or a poem and discuss how and why that quote contributes to the meaning or significance of the text. But you could also choose to explain how the quote can be a lens for contextualizing other things such as an historical event or a theory in some other discipline. In other words, you might take a quote from an Ezra Pound poem and use it, not to describe the poem it came from, but the state of the counter-culture, technology in America, or some aspect of your own life. That is to say, your paper doesn't have to be limited to a single literary work that the quote came from. For instance, quotes, and literature in general, can be deconstructed and used to comment on some historical event or some aspect about human life. 

Here is an example. William Carlos Williams' poem, "The Red Wheelbarrow," is essentially a quote because it is so short. What is the poem/quote about? Imagination, reality, things, creation? How is this poem significant today? What does it mean to you personally in terms of how you relate to the world? Does it clarify anything about social trends or problems in Williams' time or currently? 

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mimssss | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) eNoter

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There are many topics for a research paper, I did mine on the death penalty. In my opinion, you should do something that interests you so that way you can easily write many things about it. Some other topics are bullying, genocide(the Holocaust, maybe you can use quotes from the book Night by Elie Wiesel), or any interesting historical figures(What about murderers?). Just some ideas, hope that helps!

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