Write a paper explaining how we understand the idea of the refugee within one’s own country—can a refugee also be a citizen?

English 201Essay #2 Paper PromptDirections: After reading Arrow of God by Chinua Achebe, choose one of our three thematic units from the course, and write an essay addressing how the novel addresses that unit. Options are:
• Gender and SexualityThere are several steps in this process.Step 1: BrainstormingFirst, you’ll need to pick one of the above units. Then, you’ll need to narrow down a topic within that thematic unit, coming up with a tentative thesis about how that topic is explored in the novel. Let’s take an example from Adichie’s “Half of a Yellow Sun,” which we discussed under the rubric of Sites of Conflict. Within that short story, brainstorm, what were some of sites that existed in that short story over which there were conflicts that the short story explored?As I think about it, a few sites of conflict come to mind:1. the declining socio-economic status of the narrator’s family2. the role of patriotism, or, put another way, what is it that we owe to our country?Write a paper explaining how we understand the idea of the refugee within one’s own country—can a refugee also be a citizen?4. in what ways does war rob us of our humanity?Once I’ve settled on a site of conflict I want to explore more within the literature, my next step would be to form it into a question to see how the short story answers my question. This, becomes the tentative thesis for my essay.Step 2: Asking and Answering a Key Question: Creating a ProposalUsing Adichie’s story, again, I might pick “Can a refugee also be a citizen?” I then ask myself, how does Adichie answer this question, through the content and form of her story?In Adichie’s case, I might argue that the family, despite being in their home country, Nigeria, felt as if they didn’t belong from the beginning. They therefore participated in the efforts to form their own nation of Biafra, separate from the nation they were given. In a sense, they were always disconnected. But, as the story goes on, as the war intensifies, they learn the true experience of a refugee, when they are forced to leave their homes to move elsewhere in the country. Even here, they are not free of worry, as bombings are a regular occurrence. They feel themselves that much more adrift, having had to leave behind their home, their history. Even then, they are better off than those in the refugee camps, which they visit to secure food, as they have several connections that enable them to gain privileges other refugees don’t have. Ultimately, when they do return home, after the war, their beautiful home is no longer theirs—it is lost, just as the dream of their country, Biafra, was lost. Adichie ends on an ironic note, as she has the narrator claiming that they were now Nigerians. They’ve come full circle, and the war is over, yet they are back to their original refugee status in their own country, but this time without the economic advantages and having lost Obi. Ultimately, Adichie’s story shows the futility of clinging too tightly to a national identity. This story argues for the inevitability of the refugee status.Step 3: Choosing a Research DirectionOnce I have a tentative thesis and have articulated it in my proposal, I will begin the process of researching a relevant area that connects with my thesis. In my case, I could go several routes.
1. I might research the history of the Biafran War (the Nigerian Civil War), to see the ways that Adichie’s story echoes or contradicts the real-life history. Or,2. I might take another tactic, and research the meaning and history of the tem “refugee,” to figure out how this term has been used and to see the ways Adichie’s story addresses aspects of the refugee experience.3. Or, perhaps I want to know more about the history of Nigeria before the War, in order to understand the role British colonialism played in setting up a family like the one portrayed in Adichie’s story—a relativelyprivileged group of Africans who received a British education and advantages within Nigerian society,even after colonialism ended.4. Maybe I want to research the history of the Igbo people in Nigeria, to learn more about that ethnic groupto better understand the family’s loyalty to the concept of Biafran independence.The above are some possibilities, but there could be others, depending on which directions I wanted to take my paper.Step 4: Conducting Library-Based ResearchIn this step, having narrowed my research topic, I will engage in BMCC Library-based research that will yield reliable, scholarly sources to use in my paper. The results of my research will be incorporated into a revised proposal, that includes both my initial argument AND an argument that connects my analysis of the novel with the research I discovered.For example, let’s say I decided to research the word “refugee” and discovered that the way Adichie has used the term is very similar to the way it’s been discussed in xyz source, but different from the another source’s understanding of refugee status, because of the class privilege and proximity to their original home, as well as the ability to return after the war. I would then modify my proposal to include this information.Step 5: Gathering Evidence and Composing a DraftNow that I have a proposal and have done my research, I need to gather evidence to support my arguments. The sources of evidence in this case are of TWO types:1. The novel (Arrow of God) and my analysis of it. Referencing the elements of fiction within the novel that connect with the argument I’m making will be central to my task.2. The research I gathered. Laying out what the research says, using direct quotations, summary, and paraphrase, as well as a Works Cited page will further bolster my thesis. I must use at least two library-based sources.Once I have lined up my thesis and my evidence, I can begin to write a draft of my paper. This first draft will then be subject to workshopping with peers to get feedback and suggestions for revision in small groups