Essay : Modern American literature has been the site for many "marginalized" groups (gay, African-American, woman, Latino, &c) to explore their identities. How have they empowered themselves through their writings?

Requirements and Guidelines:     

Your essay should be at least five paragraphs and include reference to at least three writers we have read and discussed in the course. Your goal should be to quote a text at least once for each supporting paragraph, demonstrating how your analysis of that text relates to your thesis. I wish you luck.  800-1,000 words         

What we read:     

1.Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Norton Critical. 3rd Edition.   2.Hazelton, Rebecca. Vow. Cleveland State University Poetry Center.   3.Baraka, Amiri. The LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka Reader. Basic Books. 2nd Edition.

4.O’Hara, Frank. Meditations in an Emergency. Grove Press. 1996.

5.Plath, Sylvia. Ariel: The Restored. Harper Perennial. 2005.