English 267 - American Literature
Suggested Paper Possibilities
Nature in Cooper, Thoreau, Emerson, Bryant, etc.
Use of Rebirth Symbols in Thoreau’s Walden
“The Great Carbuncle”
“Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment”
Pearl as Personality and Symbol in
Use of Black and White in Poe’s “Narrative of A. Gordon Pym”
Life and Death Symbolism in Poe’s “Narrative of A.Gordon Pym”
Death and Rebirth Cycle in Poe’s Short Stories
“Pit and the Pendulum”
“A Descent into the Maelstrom”
Use of Point of View in Poe’s Short Stories
Concept of Justice in Melville’s “Billy Budd”
Appearance versus Reality in Melville’s “Benito Cereno”
Romantic Distortion in Cooper, Brown, etc.
Further topic suggestions:
Role of Women in...
Concept of Good versus Evil in...
Role of Science in...
Appearance versus reality in...
Use of Journey or Initiation Motif in...
Good and Evil in
Good and Evil in Melville
The role of mother love in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin