Research Papers on Medieval Literature

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  • Moral and Ethical Principles Learned from The Odyssey

    This 3 page paper discusses three moral and ethical ideas we can find in The Odyssey. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • 'Beowulf' and J,K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

    In five pages this paper examine the connections between these works along with character similarities between Beowulf and Harry Potter. Two other sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • The Golden Ass and Roman Society

    In a paper of five pages, the writer looks at the Golden Ass. The novel is examined for its treatment of Roman society. Paper uses one source.

  • Herakles Presentation by Playwrights and Artists

    In fourteen pages this paper explores the Greek God Herakles and whether or not his image is consistently portrayed by artists and playwrights.

  • Timai, Aphrodite and Demeter's Homeric Hymns

    In five pages timai or power is analyzed within the context of Demeter and Aphrodite's Homeric Hymns. Three sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Hamlet & Oedipus

    A 4 page essay that contrasts and compares the characters of Hamlet and Oedipus. Despite being separated by the passage of centuries, as well as differences in language and culture, Sophocles’ portrayal of Oedipus and Shakespeare’s depiction of Hamlet bear similarities, as well as the innumerable differences that one would expect. The similarities revolve around themes common to both plays, such as incest and the use of symbolism, while the differences largely involve the specifics of characterization. No additional sources cited.

  • 'Happy Warrior' as Embodied by Beowulf

    In five pages this quote 'Who is the happy Warrior? Who is he that every man in arms should wish to be? It is the generous spirit, who, when brought upon the plan that pleased his childish thought: Whose high endeavors are an inward light that makes the path before him always bright: Who, with a natural instinct to discern what knowledge can perform, is diligent to learn' is considered in a discussion of how Beowulf represents the embodiment of the happy warrior. There are no other sources listed.

  • Ahab and Faustus, Deals with the Devil Seen in Melville and Marlowe

    This paper examines how literary characters of Ahab, in Herman Melville's Moby Dick, and Faustus, in Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus sell their souls to the devil. This five page paper has no bibliography.

  • Epic Poem 'Beowulf' and Comparison of the Dragon and Grendel

    The significance symbolized by Beowulf's opponents Grendel and the dragon are contrasted in compared in six pages. Three sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Dragons

    In five pages this paper examines the timeless appeal of dragons in a discussion of the places they inhabit and how they can be recognized. Four sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Elizabethan Drama and the Role of Chrisopher Marlowe

    In 8 pages Elizabethan drama is considered in terms of the influence of British dramatist Christopher Marlowe. There are 7 bibliographic sources cited.

  • Epic of Gilgamesh and Dream Interpretation

    In five pages dreams are discussed and the dream featured in Gilgamesh is interpreted. There is no bibliography included.

  • Relationship Between the Goddess Athena and Odysseus in 'The Odyssey'

    In nine pages this paper considers how one soul was formed by the connection between Odysseus and the goddess Athena in Homer's epic 'The Odyssey.' Three sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Athena and Juno in Homer and Virgil

    This 7 page paper explores the role of the goddesses Athena and Juno in “The Odyssey” by Homer and “The Aeneid” by Virgil. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Role of Women in Three Norse Sagas

    This paper discusses the role of women in three Norse sagas. The writer argues that "Njal's Saga" and "Laxdaela's Saga" are quite modern in their attitudes towards women whle "Hrafnkel's Saga" is patriarchal. No additional sources cited within this five page paper.

  • Ancient Greece and Homosexuality

    In a paper of five pages, the writer looks at homosexuality in the culture of ancient Greece. Nuanced insights into the topic are derived from both literary and historical sources in this cursory overview of the topic. Paper uses three sources.

  • Development of English Literature from 'Beowulf' to Alexander Pope

    In five pages English literature's development including considerations of 'Beowulf,' Geoffrey Chaucer, John Milton, John Donne, Ben Jonson, and Alexander Pope is examined in this overview. Three sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Beauty, Competitiveness and Death in Snow White

    This 7 page analysis of Snow White suggests that beauty and age enter into the picture and explain the Queen's behavior. Beauty in society is evaluted. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Hell in Dante's 'Inferno' and Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus

    In eight pages this paper contrasts and compares how the authors depict hell in these literary works. Six sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • The Way in Which Sundiata and Beowulf Present Heroism

    The writer compares and contrasts the Old English poem Beowulf with Sundiata, which is an African epic. The writer argues that while both Beowulf and Sundiata can be seen as heroes, they are very different, because Sundiata's foremost concern is his people while Beowulf wants to win glory for himself. The paper is five pages long and has four sources listed in the bibliography.

  • The Heroism of Beowulf

    The writer argues that Beowulf can be seen as an archetype of the ideal hero, and that his deeds have come to be considered as a model of what a hero should do. Furthermore, Beowulf himself is exactly what a hero should be, since he embodies desirable traits such as intelligence, loyalty and boldness, but also because he is committed to the welfare of his people. The paper is five pages long and has four sources listed in the bibliography.

  • Comparing and Contrasting Achilles and Beowulf

    The writer compares and contrasts Achilles, a hero from Greek mythology, with Beowulf, the hero of the Old English epic poem. The writer argues that both act heroically, but have completely different reasons for doing so. The paper is six pages long and there are four sources listed in the bibliography.

  • The Franklin’s Tale: Courtly Love and Marriage

    A 3 page paper which examines how Chaucer’s Franklin’s Tale demonstrates and incompatibility between courtly love and marriage. No additional sources cited.

  • Beowulf & Aeneas

    A 4 page essay that contrasts and compares Beowulf with Aeneas. Beowulf is the protagonist in an Old English epic of the same name by an anonymous poet. Aeneas is the protagonist in the ancient Roman epic of Virgil, the Aeneid. These two heroes each represent transitions in their societies. Beowulf provides the transition between a world terrorized by evil to one of peace. Aeneas provides the transition from the old world of Troy to the glory of the new world of Rome. In providing these transitions, each epic offers insight on the differing worldviews that each work represents, that is, the world of Roman values and the world of ninth century Germanic society. No bibliography is offered.

  • Dress as a Representation of Human Sexuality and Gender

    This 5 page paper discusses "Assaulted and Pursued Chastity" by Margaret Cavendish and "The Taming of the Shrew" by Shakespeare and how they use dress to represent human sexuality and gender relationships. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Declining Roman Mores Through the Eyes of Juvenal

    This paper examines the viewpoints of Juvenal as they pertain to Roman society. Juvenal writes from the perspective of his day and condemns what he regards as a deterioration of Roman society. This 5 page paper lists 1 source.

  • Journeys in Dante's 'Inferno' and Homer's 'Odyssey'

    In five pages the journey theme is examined in a contrast and comparison of Dante Alighieri's 'Inferno' and Homer's 'The Odyssey.'

  • Chretien de Troyes' Yvain or The Knight With the Lion

    The feudal and chivalric codes are examined in an analysis of Yvain or the Knight with the Lion by Chretien de Troyes in six pages. Five sources are cited in the bibliograhpy.

  • The Ambition of Lady Macbeth

    This 11 page paper examines Shakespeare's classic work. It is claimed that Lady Macbeth's ambitions take center stage as her husband is psychologically manipulated into committing a murder for the gain of the throne. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Gilgamesh, Sir Gawain, and Their Representation of Moral Values

    In seven pages this paper compares the moral values of Sir Gawain with Gilgamesh to determine that Sir Gawain is more selfless while Gilgamesh is more self serving. Four sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Lysistrata and Pleasure

    In four pages this report discusses theater in ancient Greece in a consideration of sexual conflict and pleasure as represented by Lysistrata. Three sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Comparing Princess Diana and Beowulf

    The writer argues that because they worked on behalf of others and sacrificed themselves to a greater cause, Princess Diana and Beowulf can both be seen as heroes. The paper is five pages long and has two sources listed in the bibliography.

  • The Persuasiveness of Socrates in Plato's Apology

    This 5 page paper discusses the trial and defense put forward by Socrates, recorded by Plato. The paper argues that Socrates was highly persuasive and put forward attractive arguments, but it was unlikely he would have been found innocent given the background of his teachings and the recent history in Athens at the time of his trial. The writer discusses the background to the trial and looks at the approach taken by Socrates when he defends himself. The bibliography cites one source.


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