Black Klansman  by Ron Stallworth

Black Klansman  by Ron Stallworth

For this essay, you will want to focus on themes, perhaps one to three, found in Black Klansman  by Ron Stallworth. Some broad themes are:

For this essay, you will want to focus on themes, perhaps one to three, found in Black Klansman  by Ron Stallworth. Some broad themes are: Nationalism, Classism, Justice, Hate/Discrimination, Race and Racism,
Twoness/Doubleness, Legacy of the Past/Legacy of Hate, Passing/Assimilation, Loss of Identity, and
Division.
You might also consider these question as a way to shape your essay:
What is Stallworth’s purpose with the memoir? Does he achieve it? If so, how? If not, why not?
The film adaptation makes the story more comical; it has also been seen by some critics as a
whitewashing of the story. How does Spike Lee’s adaptation gel with or clash against
Stallworth’s original goal.
You will need to look carefully at several examples from this text, and break the themes down in
terms of how they are developed through imagery, writing style, tone of both the author and the passage,
Ung’s choices in grammar, syntax & diction, character development, narrative perspective, the balance
between faction and fiction (as this is memoir), and so on.
Your essays should always depend on careful close reading of specific passages from the text.
Include and explain direct quotes from the text and your supporting research. You should elaborate and
support a central thesis statement. Use clear topic sentences to make sure each paragraph offers an
interpretive claim on
Black Klansman
or the associated research.
You need to incorporate several items of research into your essay. This can include pieces of
literary analysis, critical reviews, and interviews with the author. Use the research to support your own
conclusions and to elaborate on the literary elements at work in the text. You should have a minimum of
FIVE academic sources. The work itself needs to be on your Works Cited page, but it does not count as
research. You must have a Works Cited page. This does not count as part of your minimum 4 pages.
Avoid plot summary. You are writing for a reader who has already read these works. For an
analysis, What happens in the text is often less important than Why it happens and How it happens. Try
to avoid expressions like “In my opinion/experience” and “For me” or “Personally”– not because you
experience isn’t valid, but because this work needs to be about the text.
Include an introduction and a conclusion, but don’t go off on “Big Life Lesson” kicks; make it
relevant to the text. You’re aiming for about 5-7 sentences for the Intro and Conclusion each. The
Conclusion should not just be a reiteration of the introduction.
All essays for my class should be typed, double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, and
follow proper MLA format

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