Research Topics:

1.Steroids. Anitbiotics. Sprays. Are food manufacturers killing us?
2.Why do normally patient people become impatient behind the wheel?
3.Should parents be held responsible when their children break laws?
4.Should parents avoid vaccinating their children?
5.Women still earn only 75 cents for every $1 a man earns. Explain why.
6.Is wind energy really that cheap? Is it effective? Is it practical?
7.What would happen globally if the demand for natural resources is greater than the supply?
8.Why the government gets a bad report card on America’s infrastructure
9.Civil disobedience
Is breaking the law for a cause justifiable?
10.homeland security
Are we safer since the creation of this department?
11. Obesity
12. terrorism (SECOND Choice)
13. Immigration
14. non-verbal communication
How do men and women communicate differently using body language, and why does it matter (in dating, the workplace, social circles)?
15. Do certain children’s toys create social or emotional problems?

Career path: Undecided but maybe business which use APA style.

"Representing Ophelia: Women, Madness, and the Responsibilities of Feminist Criticism."

Showalter, Elaine. "Representing Ophelia: Women, Madness, and the Responsibilities of Feminist Criticism." EXPLORING Shakespeare. Detroit: Gale, 2003. Gale Student Resources In Context. Web. 7 Feb. 2011.


Showalter Elaine discusses the madness of women utilizing Ophelia as an example. "Ophelia is most persistently presented in terms of symbolic meanings. Her behavior, her appearance, her gestures, her costume, her props, are freighted with emblematic significance, and for many generations of Shakespearean critics her part in the play has seemed to be primarily iconographic. Ophelia's symbolic meanings, moreover, are specifically feminine. Showalter describes the symbols that represent female behavior by first comparing and contrasting Ophelia's insanity versus Hamlet's madness. Ophelia is described as crazy when she comes in with her wild hair, as she sings, and because of the flowers she has. Her insanity is explained because female madness is part of female nature. It is in this nature to act in that manner for women are very sentimental and sensible. This sensibility is portrayed trough madness. However Hamlets madness is seen as abnormal for it is not in men’s nature to be sentimental. As Ophelia comes in with her wild hair it represents mourn but can also represent that she was a victim of rape. The flowers that Ophelia carries are also a symbol of feminine sexuality of innocent flourishing as well as contamination. In literature water is associated with the female’s way of dealing with melancholy by drowning. Many of these feminist points of views are shown throughout several ways of performing Shakespeare’s play of Hamlet. While some are driven by their emotional states of they all have played Ophelia’s part with lots of emotion and dignity. Although these views are feminist they contribute in an enormous amount to literary works.

Interview for college students

Between Estevan Olivas and You
external image 174263_100001073959388_3107149_q.jpgLucy Flores February 11 at 3:18pmPlease respond as soon as possible.I need to interview a college student for davenports class about their research experiences. Will you help me by answering the following questions: 1. what are some things in high school that helped you with research in college? 2. what are some things you wished you had learned in high school that would have helped you with research in college? 3. What are some aspects about research you struggled with in high school? 4. What is your advice to high school students when doing research? 5. what would be some important things to focus on?external image 161464_100000020652605_4723420_q.jpgEstevan Olivas February 11 at 8:20pm Report1) To be honest I did not learn to many skills in high school on research papers. 2) I would definitely liked to learn how to navigate a research database system like they have in college. Also pulling useful information from books without having to read through it all. Planning out a paper is major. Setting out deadlines for the research and then for writing the paper. And I can't stress this enough but knowing how to CITE and keeping a record of all your sources. 3) I struggled with knowing where to look, how to know if the info i got was good or not. 4) Have in mind what kind of information you want and need. It's really easy to get lost in all the info on your topic. Do the research EARLY it makes things so much easier. 5) It depends what kind of research paper it is, like if you have to compare two cultures or writing on an issue and picking a side. Either way you need a strong thesis, know where to look for good info, and try not to put to much info in it. A lot of "fluff" may make your paper longer but it can hide what the paper is actually about. Hope this is good if not let me know if I can make things more clear.

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Amelia Duran February 11 at 6:49pm Report1. HONESTLY nothing helped my in high school. The level of expectency is so much high the work cannot even be compared. 2. I wish I would have learned how to write longer papers. I think the biggest paper I wrote in high school was 3 pages? The smallest paper I have wrote here in college was ten pages. I wish I could have learned how to use better detail in a non petic way because that is how I used to write. 3. In high school I always stuggled with citeing. It was very hard for me to this day. I always go the writing labs to get help. 4. When your doing research ASK FOR HELP. Ask your teachers to be honest with you.

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Amelia Duran February 11 at 6:50pm Report5. Some important things to focus on.... grammer and spellinf. It is very important. The proffessors will not take the time to figure out what you are trying to say.

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LucyFlores February 11 at 8:51pmThanks so much !!!!!!!! I appreciate your help

"Wilde's The importance of Being Earnest" by Christopher Nassar

Throughout many of Oscar Wilde’s writings the theme of child abuse emerges. In the play of the Importance of being Earnest this theme also emerges but it has been reduced to absurdity. This theme is described in some of his other works such Gerald Arbuthnot in A Woman of No Importance. He is separated from his father by Mrs. Arbuthnot and raised by her. She is dominating, possessive, and she establishes a Freudian relationship with him. In the Importance of being Earnest the theme of child abuse can also be seen. Jack Worthing is lost by careless Miss Prism, who miss places the handbag he was in at the Victorian station. He is then found and raised in luxury by Mr. Cardew. I was surprised to see how this play reflects the other characters in wilds other works. Nassar writes “The double lives that Jack and Algy lead are a nonsensical replay of Dorian Gray's very dangerous and ultimately lethal double life. Canon Chasuble, a doctor of divinity who is continually christening (even Jack and Algy request that he should christen them) and whose slips of the tongue betray a ridiculous sexual longing for the unattractive Miss Prism, parodies Jokanaan in Salome. Algy's discovery that he is already engaged to Cecily--he delayed, so she acted on his behalf--renders ridiculous the theme of determinism in "Lord Arthur Savile's Crime" and The Picture of Dorian Gray. Similarly, the theme of child abuse is picked up and parodied in Earnest. This theme was considered especially heartbreaking by the Victorians, and Wilde himself uses it at times to wring our hearts a bit, but in Earnest, even the abused child is manipulated to create an atmosphere of hilarity as Wilde has a good laugh at his earlier works.” This theme of child abuse is something that I had not noticed. Instead my mind was focused on the irony that the title of the play presents.

Nassaar, Christopher. "Wilde's The importance of Being Earnest." The Explicator 60.2 (2002): 78+. Gale Student Resources In Context. Web. 18 Feb. 2011


Cultugrams Powerpoint on South Africa

"South Africa." CultureGrams Online Edition. ProQuest, 2011. Web. 25 Feb 2011.

Annotated Bibliography

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