Native American: love medicine

  1. Choose a theme from the book (examples below can be used, along with others not listed here) to analyze.
    1. Family
    2. Religion v. Spirituality
    3. Drugs and Alcohol
    4. Love/Sexuality
    5. Effects of War
    6. Abuse (Substance, physical, psychological)
    7. Death/Suicide
    8. Race
  2. Choose a character(s) and analyze their role in the story. How does this character(s) impact the other characters over time? Why is this individual(s) important to the story? Some of the themes listed above may also be discussed.
  3. Identify symbols that are referred to throughout the novel and analyze their role in the story. Connect them with specific characters, themes, etc. when appropriate.

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  • Four to five pages, not including Works cited list, complete with topic sentences and transitions
  • Include a thesis statement in your first paragraph
  • Use the terms and definitions from “The Elements of Fiction” in your analysis
  • Format your essay according to MLA guidelines
  • Include examples from the text/s to support your ideas
  • Include at least two outside sources from the CCBC library database to support your ideas.
  • Include MLA style in-text citations and a Works Cited page

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You already started the essay with the research proposal. I need the final essay with the information listed above. I need the works cited and include examples from the text to support the work and it should be cited within the text as well.

thesis should be clear and in the first paragraph as listed above

I’ve included your first work

Love Medicine

Family and relationships form the primary basis of the story in Louis Erdrich’s Love Medicine, which makes the concept an ideal case analysis in the research herein. Therefore, the topic of the study herein will be “family and relationships,” intending to exemplify the role of family in determining the relationships between the different characters in the story. In particular, the relationships between Lulu and Marie are highly intertwined into family, which makes it possible to understand the roles of the different characters in the story. Therefore, the roles of the different characters and their relationship to Lulu and Marie will form an integral part of the story that advances further understanding of the topic of research as herein identified. Consequently, further research by scholars with an interest on the topic will help exemplify the essay in effect helping the audience of the essay herein understand the importance of understanding the relationships in the story to help exemplify the nature of relationships between the characters herein.

Work Cited

Gallego, Maria del Mar. “The Borders of the self: Identity and community in Louise Erdrich’s Love Medicine and Paule Marshall’s Praisesong for the Widow.” Literature and ethnicity in the cultural borderlands 28 (2002): 145.

Gallego explores the approach to writing used by different writers in exemplifying the roles of their characters. In this case, the research will be integral to understanding the importance of personal identity for Lulu and Marie and their relationships with each other. In particular, Gallego notes that the relationship between the two characters morphed throughout the story as they went through different levels of self-discovery in effect improving the quality of their relationship throughout the story. Therefore, the article will be integral to the essay as it addresses the role of relationship and family among the two parties who were eventually married by the same man by the time they got to end of their lives.

Chornokur, Kateryna. “Postcolonial Religion and Motherhood in the Novels by Louise Erdrich and Alice Walker.” (2012).

In this case, the article is a thesis research focusing on the role of the writer’s environment in influencing the approach to different concepts in the book. In particular, Chornokur notes that Erdrich could have been influenced by her Native American culture in publishing concepts related to motherhood and their roles in community in the research. In essence, the article provides useful insight in helping understand not only the contents of the book but the potential sources of influence in the publication. Therefore, it will be an important source of information for the essay, providing an ideal basis of understanding the book at a foundational level while introducing the topic to the essay’s audience.



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