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ENG 4451: Toni Morrison

Essay 2 – Beloved

From Professor McFarlane Harris' assignment:

For this assignment, you will write an 8-10 page analytical essay on Beloved. You may focus on any topic or theme of your choosing re: the novel, but you must make use of at least TWO course sources + ONE secondary source (literary criticism or history).

You must also incorporate at least ONE secondary source, found via your own research.A secondary source should be an article or book chapter, a high-quality work of literary or historical criticism—scholarly, peer-reviewed material, not random websites, and no book reviews. Your job is to do some new research and find additional critics/ideas to interact with, keeping in mind that academic arguments are often about joining a larger scholarly conversation, acknowledging the critical groundwork that came before you.


Read the entire assignment and be sure to get any questions answered so that you can be confident about fulfilling the expectations and meeting the learning outcomes.

You should gather about several times as many sources as you are required to have so that you can choose what best fits. Don't satisfice!

"Satisfice is a combination of the words satisfy and suffice. Herb Simon (1957) coined the term to explain how individuals often settle for whatever can be accomplished within specific, predetermined criteria based on the context and situation of the need. In other words, individuals often settle for “good enough” instead of pursuing the optimal solution if convenience outweighs the benefit.  Connaway, L.S., & Faniel, I.M. (2014). Reordering Ranganathan: Shifting user behaviors, shifting priorities." - From the Carl S. Swisher Library at Bethune-Cookman University


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