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Support your research paper with a discussion of quotations and evidence from at least 5 outside sources that are cited using MLA format. More sources would be even better. You can use your research sources to either 1) clarify or support your own position, 2) provide evidence for a counterargument, or 3) show that your paper is valuable because not enough work has been done on your essay topic.
Research Paper Structure
Instructions: Break your essay into the following sections, each of which is a mini-essay. Skip a line between sections. You will need to decide where to divide paragraphs within each section. No section should look like one long paragraph.
Each section shall be a mini-essay with
its own title (except for Section 1, which does not need its own title since the title of the whole Research paper comes right before it)
introduction paragraph that ends in a thesis,
body paragraphs that each discuss only one main idea and start with a topic sentence and end with a concluding sentencing
body paragraphs that contain correctly cited information from research sources
supporting quotations and other evidence from sources using MLA format
a conclusion paragraph.
1) History of Slavery in Haiti (2 pages)
2) Origins of Haitian Zombie Myths in Slavery (3 pages)
3) Comparison / Contrast of George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead and Haitian Zombie Myths (4 pages)
4) Works Cited Page (1-2 pages)
Section One: History of Slavery in Haiti (2 pages)
Thesis question: How did slavery become instituted and maintained in Haiti, and what are two significant ways slavery impacted the Haitian people on both sides (master and slave).
- Possible topics include how Haitian slavery began, who the indigenous people and slavers were, what practices allowed slavery to persist, how were slaves treated, economic impact of slavery etc.
- Make sure to use MLA format for in-text citations and don’t forget to cite all sources on your Works Cited page as well
Section Two: Origin of Haitian Zombie Myths in Slavery (3 pages)
Introduction Paragraph: Describe the story of the Haitian zombie myth in detail. Describe the process of Haitian zombification as it is carried out even today.
Thesis question: Argue whether or not the Haitian zombie myth originated from and / or mirrored Haitian slaves’ experiences by critiquing historical accounts of the Haitian slave trade and the testimonies of modern day Haitian people who believe they were made into zombies.
Required Body Paragraph Evidence: Provide quotations and examples from
- Unexplained Podcast Season 4, Episode 8 Part 1 (Links to an external site.) and Part 2 (Links to an external site.) “Death’s Pale Flag.” (Podcast. Transcript available in Modules.)
Helpful Resource on GCC Library Reserve:
Section Three: Comparison / Contrast of George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead and Haitian Zombie Myths (4 pages).
Describe some key US historical events that marked the late 70s’ (when Dawn of the Dead was made). Summarize the story of George Romero’s film Dawn of the Dead (1978).
- Watch Dawn of the Dead complete film free on Youtube. (Links to an external site.)
- Make sure you are using Romero’s original 1978 film—not the Zack Snyder remake.
- Warning: There is some racially offensive language in Dawn of the Dead.
Thesis Question: What is one point of similarity and one point of difference in the way George Romero’s Dawn of the Living Dead and Haitian Zombie Myths represent zombies’ relationships with people?
- In your thesis language, be very specific about what particular aspect of the zombie’s relationships with people you are interested in.
- In your body paragraphs, you can support your analysis of the film and Haitian zombie myth by bringing up historical events that are relevant.
- Detailed plot summary of Romero’s Dawn of the Dead (Links to an external site.)
- Read Deep Focus Review analysis of Dawn of the Dead (Links to an external site.).
Works Cited Page (1-2 pages)
- Be sure to follow MLA format for your Works Cited page.
- Five reputable sources or more are required. Make sure to also cite all sources on Works Cited page.
- For help with MLA style in-text citations and Works Cited page, please go to Purdue University Online Writing Lab Style Guide. (Links to an external site.)