Sample Essay Outlines

Sample Analytical Paper Topics
The following paper topics are designed to test your understanding of the autobiography as a whole and to analyze important themes. Following each question is a sample outline to help you get started.

Topic #1
What long range effects did the death of Reverend Little, Malcolm’s father, have on Malcolm?

I. Thesis Statement: Malcolm was only eight-years-old when his father was brutally murdered. Throughout his life, he was looking for a father-figure to make up for his earlier, tragic loss.

II. Father Figures
A. Mr. Ostrowski
B. Hymie
C. Bimbi
D. The Honorable Elijah Mohammad
E. Allah, the Muslim God

III. Father Figures’ Contributions to Malcolm
A. Mr. Ostrowski initially encouraged Malcolm in school.
B. Bimbi encouraged Malcolm to take prison correspondence courses.
C. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad is instrumental in Malcolm’s transformation.
D. Malcolm credits Allah with all of his success.

Topic #2
What are Malcolm’s views on women?

I. Thesis Statement: Malcolm was seriously disappointed by women early in his life. His process of spiritual transformation enabled him to regain his trust and confidence in women.

II. Malcolm’s Early Experiences With Women
A. His mother was unable to support and care for her...

(The entire section is 465 words.)