Research Paper on
One Hundred Years of
Solitude by Gabríel Garcia Márquez
Banter is a part of life. So are opinions. In this assignment,
you will write an opinion about an opinion. Easy enough,
Research Paper Tentative
Type of Paper: Literary Criticism
Topic: Along with the criticism from other critics, you will give an in-depth analysis One Hundred Years of
Solitude. You will develop a thesis statement on an aspect of the novel and connect it to your thoughts on
the text as a whole. Next, you will read several literary criticisms by reputable and credible critics and
compare their analysis to your analysis of the reading. You are also to find any ‘holes’ in the critics’ analysis
and fill them with your own scrutiny of the reading. This is NOT a summary. You are only to refer to the
text when you need to illuminate the faults with the literary criticisms you are using. This paper will
synthesize all of your analytic skills and abilities.
What is Needed?: A minimum 5 page to a maximum 7 page MLA style paper including the following:
A. MLA Title Page [25 points]
B. Formal Outline including a Thesis Statement [100 points]
C. Works Cited Page [25 points]
D. Actual Copies of Sources (at least one scholarly source) [50 points]
You will write an MLA style paper based on the information found in A Writer’s Reference, 6th ed. by Diana
Hacker. (This text has been sent to you electronically.) Paper must be typed in Times New Roman with a 12
point font size from the title page to the Works Cited Page. Nothing is to be bolded or underlined.
Due Dates: All dates are tentative, but will hopefully stay the same:
1. In-Class Peer Review [50 pt. quiz grade] (without teacher input): November 29, 2011
2. Rough Draft [100 pt. quiz grade] (consultation with teacher): Nov. 30- Dec. 2, 2011
3. Final Draft [400 pt. test grade (A-D items included)]: December 5, 2011 IN CLASS!
Sources: Your primary source will be One Hundred Years of Solitude. Other secondary sources will be the
literary criticisms. These criticisms CANNOT be from Wikipedia or any other website that allows viewers to
casually edit information. That is NOT credible. You must use one of the following:
1. A journal or periodical that is published monthly, quarterly, or yearly.
2. If using the Internet, websites such as EBSCO or ERIC may be used because they are used
as search engines for academic journals. Beware; these sites can give excerpts and not the
full text. However, they will give you citation information that will help you find the actual
hard-copy of the text. If you have access to AVL (Alabama Virtual Library), that is fine as
3. I cannot stress the importance of using scholarly, credible sources. Sites that do not state
the author and are not copy written should be avoided. Any plagiarism will result in an
automatic ZERO! Without copies of sources, you will lose 100 points.
NOTE: If you are absent from school on the day the FINAL paper is due…and IF it is excused, you WILL turn the paper in on the first day of your
return to class. You will not be granted additional days for extended absences. If you are unexcused in your absence the paper will not be accepted. If
you have an excused absence for class on the day the final paper is due, and you are at school for any portion of the day (including athletic practice)
you are required to turn your paper into me. It will not be accepted in my mailbox or by any other staff member; it must be placed in my hands by you
personally. Failure to turn the paper in when you are in school will be the same as if you had an unexcused absence.