An Example of A Research Paper: Pt. 1

As I stated in my last post, I would provide a personal example of a research paper. This was my finale of high school papers that should suffice as a good example of what to do when it is time for you to write one. Of course, if this proves unsatisfactory for you, I have provided two other examples of research papers not written by myself here and here.

I will discuss also, in another post, the citations I used, link to them, as well as explain how to use the ¶ symbol effectively.

Herriman 1

Amber Herriman


AP Literature and Composition 3

16 April 2013

Oscar Wilde: Background, Sexuality, and Perhaps Why

                 It has become increasingly apparent that Wilde was, for majority of his life, in a state of uncertainty. From his works as an authorwhich often paralleled to his life as a person, to the deepest confines of his heart, including homosexuality and marriage to a woman, as well as a conquest for love – though masked. Wilde was always trying to find his place in the world around him. In essence, this desire for certainty through uncertain acts and cognitive processes allowed for, what we see today, as a mentally self-destructive lifestyle – one that, through observation and analysis of literary works such as letters and his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde was aware of his inevitable end.

                 In understanding rudimentary building and construction principles, we acknowledge that without a strong foundation everything else built on top of that is subject to dismantle. From childhood, a creative expression was asserted in Wilde’s household – an expression that may have not been the social convention for others, such as dandyism and aestheticism (Ridley ¶1). These things, though eventually spewing out of balance like a blender without a lid securely pressed to it, led to his initial popularity and (though we should not regard him as such) followers due to his almost philosophical insights. For example, Wilde’s life was often centered around prospects of aestheticism – in Laymen’s terms, art for art’s sake. How profound a thought, one that most do not wish to grasp – yet, if Wilde was always searching, must mean that aestheticism was not an effective way of life for him. Even still, it is worth noting that people are still drawn to his ideologies and revere him as a beautiful, insightful man, who contrary to some beliefs, did understand life in its full entirety. Perhaps it is his eloquence in speech that allows even for people today to act in such obscure ways – such as kissing his tomb “to death.” (The World ¶6).

                  It can be said that his “open” childhood could have given leeway into his desires and fetishes in early adulthood to death, though certainly other aspects could have just as much weight, such as a boisterous, thrill-seeking disposition. Regardless of how the matter occurred, Oscar was a nympho in every sense of the world. Oscar’s life was depicted in every sense by his works, which are now compiled into volumes and put on display on bookshelves.

Stay tuned for the next post to read more of this paper.

Oscar Wilde statue (photo by EoinGardiner)

Oscar Wilde statue (photo by EoinGardiner)

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