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Morgan KleinProfessor JohnsonENGL 121329 April 2018Research ProposalProject Statement: I am researching Emily Dickinson to find out about her abnormalbehavior and upbringing during her life to explain to my audience why she wrote about some ofthe most common themes expressed in her work.I.Biographya.Dec. 10, 1830 – May 15, 1886b.Family Life – Emily Dickinson grew up in a very tight-knit family who was veryinvolved in the community. i.Father involvement in the community of Amherst, Massachusetts1.Edward Dickinson was a well-known lawyer of the city of Amherstand a treasurer of Amherst College (Elizabeth).2.Also participated in the decisions of the state legislature andCongress (Elizabeth).ii.Emily Norcross Dickinson - mother1."submissive, and timid woman" (Emily).iii.William Austin - brother1.Also a successful lawyer, like his father (Emily).2.Succeeded his father as treasurer of Amherst College (Elizabeth).3.Married Susan Gilbert in 1856 and moved into a house next doorto the rest of the Dickinson family (Emily).iv.Lavinia Dickinson - sister1.Like her sister, Emily, she never married (Elizabeth). 2.Helped Emily and her mother as housekeeper (Emily).c.School Years – Dickinson received a normal education provided from her timeand community.
i.Was raised in Trinitarian Congregationalism, but never joined the Church,which dominated the town (Emily).ii.The education in Amherst was heavily influenced by Puritan beliefs(Bustle).iii.Graduated from Amherst Academy in 1847 (Emily).1.Her grandfather founded the college (I).iv.Attended Mount Holyoke Female Seminary in the nearby village of SouthHadley from 1847-1848 (Elizabeth).d.Mental Illness (Schluter) – Due to her well-known abnormal behavior, scholarsand critics have speculated whether Emily Dickinson suffered from a mentalillness.i.Thought to have schizotypal personality disorderii.Symptoms1.Discomfort in social situationsa.Story of her lowering a basket filled with goods to theneighborhood children in order to avoid social interactionb.Shows that she was involved with the community, like herfamily, but she did from a distance.2.Reclusiona.Since she stayed home most of her life, she would mostlikely have had limited resources to write on, thereforethere is evidence that she began writing on scraps of papershe found around the house.3.Strange appearances and behaviora.Dickinson often wore white dressesb.Regularly wearing a particular type of clothing is acommon indication of schizotypal personality disorder.4.Excessive interest in the supernaturala.One of the most frequent themes Dickinson wrote herpoems about was deathe.Reclusiveness – Emily Dickinson was known for her reclusiveness within herfather’s home.
i.Immediately following her one-year attendance at Amherst Academy,Dickinson returned home to her father's house and rarely ever left (Emily).

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