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James Joyce's "Araby": 7 pages in length (Free 1 page outline also included). A discussion of symbolism and character in Joyce's novel in which the writer hypothesizes that Araby is essentially an initiation story recounting a young romantic's first bitter taste of reality. Bibliography lists 7 sources used to support assertions. Araby.wps

James Joyce’s "Araby" / In A Boy’s Dream : A 5 page essay which examines the rite of passage of a boy’s first crush and the religious and political symbolism that James Joyce uses in this short story. No additional sources cited. Arabyrp.wps

James Joyce’s "Araby" vs. Jane Rule’s "Inland Passage" : A 5 page essay on the soul’s journey in works by James Joyce and Jane Rule. The writer focuses on the idea of journey, delay and movement as the authors’ means of reflecting the adoration the soul has for the ideal of quest. Bibliography cites 2 sources. Joycrule.wps

James Joyce’s "Araby" / Setting : A 5 page paper analyzing Joyce’s use of setting in this deeply affecting story. The paper analyzes several of Joyce’s motifs, particularly romance versus realism and West versus East, to gain insight into the way Joyce contrasts his working-class protagonist’s background with the vision of romance he has created for himself. Bibliography lists 4 sources. Setaraby.wps

James Joyce’s "Dubliners" / Epiphany & Paralysis : A 5 page paper looking at these two recurrent themes in James Joyce’s intense and evocative collection of short stories. The paper shows how Joyce’s characters experience a sudden burst of enlightenment about their situation, coupled with a frustrating awareness of their powerlessness to do anything about it. Particular stories analyzed are "Araby," "Eveline," and "A Painful Case." Bibliography lists one source. Epipara.wps

James Joyce's "Dubliners" & More : Approximately 5 pages in total length. A collection of three short essays on various topics pertaining to James Joyces' "The Dubliners" and works by Graham Greene and No Bibliography. Dubliner.wps

James Joyce’s "Dubliners" : A 6 page paper providing a plot summary of the stories that make up this collection by James Joyce. Following Joyce’s lead, it breaks the book down into four sections: Childhood, Adolescence, Maturity, and Public Life, and shows how Joyce's world gives readers a better understanding of the subtle forces that shape their own. No additional sources cited. Dublin.wps

James Joyce’s "Dubliners" vs. Portrait Of The Artist.../ Structure and Form : A 5 page paper on form and structure in James Joyce’s early fiction. The paper concludes that Joyce’s writing in these two works seems difficult because he threw over the predictable formulas of writing that authors had been using for more than a century, and substituted episodic constructions built on themes and epiphanies. Bibliography lists ten sources. Dublin2.wps

James Joyce’s "Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man" / Color : A 10 page paper showing how James Joyce’s handling of the symbolism of color in this novel enhances our understanding of its complex levels of meaning. The paper concludes that this is accomplished through Joyce’s willingness to let symbol be fluid, to change shape and meaning as demanded by the persona and the text itself. Bibliography lists seven sources. Csart.wps

A Portrait of James Joyce as a Young Man : A 10 page paper looking at the life of James Joyce and showing how it is reflected in his novel Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Particular emphasis is placed on the issues in Irish politics during Joyce’s youth and the influence of Catholicism on his writing. Bibliography lists 8 sources. Jameslif.wps

James Joyce’s "Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man" / Fascist : A 9 page paper examining the presence of proto-fascism and its antithesis, humanism, in Joyce’s first novel. The paper asserts that while it is not technically correct to search for examples of fascism in the book since the term did not exist at the time the novel was written, examples of this type of mentality can be fruitfully analyzed in contrast to the book’s celebration of humanism. Bibliography lists ten sources.Fascism3.wps

Irish Identity Through Colonialism According to James Joyce & W.B. Yeats : This 8 page paper discusses how both the poet, W. B. Yeats, and the novelist, James Joyce, explored ideas of Irish identity through different aspects of colonialism. Joyce’s "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" and several of Yeats’ poems are used as illustrative examples. Bibliography lists 8 sources. Joycyeat.wps

James Joyce’s "Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man" / Artistry : An 8 page paper analyzing the way James Joyce handled symbol, language, and dramatic form in Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. The paper calls attention to the unusually high level of artistry in this novel, and shows how Joyce’s innovations spawned an entire literary movement single-handedly. Bibliography lists 5 additional sources. Joyce.wps

James Joyce’s "Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man": An 8 page paper exploring James Joyce's departure from traditional fiction in his modernist 1916 novel, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Port2.wps

Joyce’s "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" / Elements of Fiction : A 5 page paper on Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, an early but extremely influential work by twentieth-century Irish writer James Joyce. The paper asserts that Joyce experimented heavily with alternative approaches to fictional elements in this novel, and in doing so, spawned an entire literary movement. Bibliography lists 6 sources. Joycefic.wps

James Joyce’s "Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man" / Religion : A 5 page paper showing how James Joyce’s protagonist liberates himself from this spiritually-inhibiting worldview of Irish Catholicism and embarks on a lifetime adventure of self-discovery. The writer points out the tension between Stephen Dedalus’s two names -- that of the Christian martyr, and the Greek mythologically credited with giving man the power of flight. No additional sources cited. Relport.wps

James Joyce’s "Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man" v. "Ulysses"/ Irish Vision : A 12 page paper discussing the distinctively Irish quality of these two works by James Joyce. The paper concludes that as much as the Irish idealize the workings of the spirit, they value the life of the body also, and James Joyce is able to combine both these traits abundantly in both these works. Bibliography lists 10 sources. Porul.wps

James Joyce’s "Ulysses" / Joyce’s Quest For Home : A 7 page examination of Joyce’s monumental work as a map for the journey of the myth of the Hero and his quest for home. Bibliography lists 5 sources. Ulys.rtf

James Joyce’s "Eveline" : A 4 page paper featuring James Joyce’s story, "Eveline" from his short story collection, Dubliners (1914). It is a letter from Eveline to her father, explaining her reasons for wanting to leave home, her uncertainty as to where she should go and expresses being torn between desire and familial obligation. No additional sources cited. Eveline.wps

Love, Commitment, and Identity in Joyce & McCullers : A 4 page paper analyzing the tendency of love to drown one’s soul, and the self-preserving efforts to resist this. The paper points out that in Joyce’s "Eveline" this is accomplished through the heroine’s rejection of love; in McCullers’ "A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud." it is accomplished through the protagonist’s cautious approach to loving. Bibliography lists two sources. Joycmc.wps

Oscar Wilde & the Hidden Life : A 6 page analysis of the theme of one’s hidden self in three of Wilde’s works: The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Importance of Being Earnest, and Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime. The paper concludes that Wilde was desperately afraid of becoming ruined by public recognition of his homosexuality, and this fear is reflected in the emotional barriers erected within his fiction and plays. Bibliography lists 7 sources. Wildlife.wps

Oscar Wilde’s "The Picture of Dorian Gray" / Theme Of Art For Art’s Sake : A 10 page paper discussing Oscar Wilde’s only novel. The paper argues that Wilde’s choice of subject matter and treatment creates an artistic experience unencumbered by the need to moralize over it -- in short, ‘art for art’s sake.’ Bibliography lists 5 sources. Dorian.wps

Oscar Wilde's "The Importance Of Being Earnest" : A 6 page paper on Wilde's play in which the writer discusses the superficial vanities and prejudices of Victorian society. Important to this discussion is the meaning of "Earnest" and in that sense, the title of this work. How Wilde uses wit and sarcasm to present relevant stereotypes and prejudices is well-explained. FREE outline included. Bibliography lists 7 sources. Wilde.wps

Oscar Wilde’s "The Importance of Being Earnest" (1895) /Comic Effects : A 5 page paper which examines satirist Oscar Wilde’s use of comic effects in his play, "The Importance of Being Earnest" (1895). Earnest.wps

Moliere's "The Misanthrope" vs. Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest" : In 5 pages the writer compares and contrasts the characters of Alceste and Cecily. "Although Alceste in 'The Misanthrope' and Cecily in 'The Importance of Being Earnest' are two very different characters and two very different writers write the stories, they amazingly share common bonds. Both stories are comedy's, but for different reasons. Alceste would think that Cecily is much to frivolous, and Cecily would abhor Alceste's brutal honestly, and his lacking of a sense of humor. Bibliography lists 2 sources. Alcestes.wps

Sir Walter Scott’s "Ivanhoe" / An Accurate Representation Of Its Time : A 5 page paper discussing Sir Walter Scott’s novel "Ivanhoe" and its accurate representation of the timeframe in which it takes place. Bibliography lists two sources in addition to the book "Ivanhoe" itself. Ivanhoe.doc

Sir Walter Scott’s "Old Mortality" / Analyzed : This 5 page research paper examines the 1816 novel of historical fiction, Old Mortality, which chronicles the Covenanters, their struggle for religious freedom, as well as considers the role played by female characters. Bibliography lists 1 source. Oldmort.wps

Sir Walter Scott’s "Waverley" / Analyzed : This 5 page paper examines the 1814 novel, Waverley, by Scottish novelist Sir Walter Scott. Specifically discussed is how the novel qualifies as romantic, in terms of definition and the author's medieval concept of the term. Bibliography lists 2 sources. Waverly.wps

Maria Edgeworth / Irish Writer : A 10 page paper in which the writer discusses a complementary mix of extraordinary literary talent and benevolence for all mankind is what best exemplifies the life of Irish novelist Maria Edgeworth. Her works were considered groundbreaking back in the 1800's, and her compassion toward her fellow man in the face of adversity was unparalleled. The writer chronicles her life and times, as well as discusses a few of her better known books. Bibliography lists 9 sources. Edgewrth.wps

Angela’s Ashes / A Tribute to Endurance : A 5 page paper looking at Frank McCourt’s memoir of his impoverished childhood in Ireland. The paper shows how McCourt’s mother, Angela, held the family together through crisis after crisis, and contributed to the formation of her sons’ character. Bibliography lists three sources. KBmccourt.wps

J.M. Synge (1871-1909) : This 15 page report gives an overview of the life and work of Irish dramatist J.M. Synge. The report also discusses the Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland and the powerful impact they had on Synge. Synge is best-known for The Playboy of the Western World produced in 1906. Bibliography lists 12 sources. Synge.doc

Shattering Silence: Gender Differences In Northern Ireland : A 5 page examination of the role of gender differences in the conflicts of Northern Ireland. Based largely on the book "Shattering Silence: Women, Nationalism, and Political Subjectivity in Northern Ireland" by Begona Aretxaga. Bibliography lists 4 sources. IrishWom.wps

Chinua Achebe’s "Things Fall Apart" / Palm Oil & Proverbs : A 10 page paper analyzing the importance of the proverbs in Chinua Achebe’s novel. The paper looks at six critical analyses of the book and shows how the critics support the view that the use of proverbs is integral to the way Achebe’s characters communicate with one another. Bibliography lists 7 sources. Achebe.wps

Chinua Achebe’s "Things Fall Apart" / Responsibilities Of Citizenship : A 10 page paper discussing citizenship and its obligations. "Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe and "Man’s Search for Meaning" are used as the primary reference points for the discussion. Issues of the meaning and practice of community are also discussed. Bibliography lists six sources. Citship.wps

Chinua Achebe’s "Things Fall Apart" : This 10 page research paper provides an examination into Chinua Achebe’s novel, Things Fall Apart, focusing on the main character, Okonkwo. Specifically considered in this character evaluation is how Okonkwo demonstrates the traditional aspects of his "ideal society," his perceptions of good and evil, likes and dislikes. Bibliography lists 8 sources. Cachebe.wps

Chinua Achebe’s "Things Falling Apart" : A 10 page argumentative essay on the option lost during the change in Ibo society of which Chinua Achebe writes. The writer posits that the British definition of Ibo society based on the actions of Okonkwo, cost it its identities in the justice and spiritual realms, and that Achebe’s point was that there was another option—the option of coexistence. Had the power abusers not defined Ibo, the change would have been one of acceptance of both cultures and the loss of none. Bibliography lists 1 source. MarAche.wps.

Intercultural Communication In "Things Fall Apart" : An 8 page paper looking at the nature of intercultural communication in Chinua Achebe’s classic novel. The paper defines intercultural communication as necessitating not only a commonality of language but a commonality of viewpoint and assumption. Bibliography lists 4 sources. Achfall.wps

Chinua Achebe’s "Things Fall Apart" / Threats To Religion & Politics : A 5 page paper discussing Chinua Achebe’s first novel. The writer explores whether the arrival of the white man in what is now Nigeria was a greater threat to the established government or religion of the villagers in the story. This paper illustrates that the threat was greater to religion since all political action was based on religion. No additional sources cited. Chinua.wps

Comparison of "Things Fall Apart", "Efuru" and "Epic of Son-Jara (Sunjata)" : A 6 page paper which compares three African tribal novels -- Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, Flora Nwapa’s Efuru and Fa-Digi Sisoko’s Epic of Son-Jara (Sunjata) -- to determine what they illuminate about pre-colonial African history. Bibliography lists 2 sources. Afepic.wps

Achebe's "Things Fall Apart" / Okonkwo As A Tragic Hero : In this 4 page essay, the writer describes Things Fall Apart as "classic" in the sense that it adheres to Aristotle's definition of a tragedy and Okonkwo presents himself as a tragic hero. Specific examples form the story, -- including evidence of Okonkwo's tragic flaw,-- are provided to illustrated points made. No other sources cited. Thing2.wps

Achebe's "Things Fall Apart" / Okonkwo's Aggressive Behavior : The writer of this 5 page essay describes Okonkwo as a troubled individual with deeply-repressed feelings (particularly towards his father) who-- expresses these feelings as anger and aggression. Okonwko has developed a loathing for anything feminine; he is extremely macho and expects the same of all men around him. In a sense, he is overcompensating for his father's lack of vigor by trying so hard to be extra "manly." These points are argued with supporting examples from the story. No other sources cited. Things.wps

Chinua Achebe’s "Things Fall Apart" / The Idea of Freedom : This 5 page report discusses the Achebe’s first novel (written in 1958) and the idea of how its main character, Okonkwo, struggles for freedom. Bibliography lists 4 sources. Acheb.wps

Chinua Achebe’s "Things Fall Apart" and the Idea of Freedom : This 4 page report discusses the Achebe’s first novel (written in 1958) and the idea of how its main character, Okonkwo, struggles for freedom. Bibliography lists 4 sources. Achebfall.wps

Achebe's "Things Fall Apart" / Okonkwo's Unwillingness To Conform : In this 2 page essay, the writer argues that Okonkwo suffered from his own failure to confirm with society. Examples from the story -- including his own death -- are used to back-up this point. No other sources cited. Things4.wps

Achebe's "Things Fall Apart" & Desai's "Clear Light Of Day" : In this 5 page essay, the writer analyzes how the coming of the White man to Africa meant the end of traditional culture in Things Fall Apart. Interestingly, pertinent events are very similar in "Clear Light Of Day"-- in which the sociocultural impact of the English coming to India are described. Relevant comparisons are made. No other sources cited. Thing3.wps

Ngugi Thiong’o and Ngugi wa Mirii’s "I Will Marry When I Want" : A 6 page paper that provides an overview of the major thematic components and the circumstances surrounding the original production of Ngugi and Ngugi’s play. Bibliography lists 4 sources. Ngugi.doc

African Literature as A Mirror to the Continent's Struggles : A short, yet well-written 3 page discussion of how Ngugi Wa Thiong'O's "Petals of Blood" and Buchi Emecheta's "The Joys of Motherhood" demonstrate the socio-cultural and socio-religious struggles that Africans endured after being so crudely affected by European influences. Bibliography lists full citations for the two primary texts. Joysofmo.wps

Bessie Head and Ngugi Wa Thiong'O : A 5 page paper that considers the theme of interpersonal conflict in Head's "The Collector of Treasures" and Wa Thiong'O's "The Return." The writer also demonstrates the way in which gender of both the characters and the authors impacts the development of this theme. No additional sources cited. Thiongo.wps

Athol Fugard’s "The Blood Knot" : An 11 page paper discussing South African dissident Athol Fugard’s 1961 play The Blood Knot. The text of the play is carefully examined in light of South Africa’s history and culture and their unique effect on the play. Bibliography lists 2 sources. Bloodknt.wps

Athol Fugard’s "Master Harold . . . and the Boys" / Fatherhood : A 5 page paper based on the play by South African playwright Athol Fugard. It contrasts Hally’s relationship with his real father with his relationship with the black waiter Sam, who actually behaves much more like a father to him. The paper concludes by analyzing Hally’s terrible betrayal of Sam at the play’s end. Bibliography lists two sources. Harold.wps

Nadine Gordimer's "My Son's Story" : A 4 page sociopolitical examination of Nadine Gordimer's "My Son's Story"-- the tale of a Black South-African who plays hooky from school only to discover that his father is having an affair with a White woman... in the midst of Apartheid. Character, theme, and their relevance to South African politics & society are discussed. No Bibliography. Sonsstor.wps

Nectar in a Sieve & Crick-Crack Monkey : 2 page discussion of central characters and society "Nectar in a Sieve" and "Crick Crack Monkey." Books are commonly used in studies relevant to general literature or to studies of the African-American struggle. Crickcra.wps

Sundiata / African Epic : A 3 page discussion of society and kingship in the African epic "Sundiata." The writer discusses the roles of royalty, masculinity, cultural arts, and more. No Bibliography. Sundiata.wps

Nawal Sadawi’s "Women at Point Zero": A 3 page paper discussing the novel "Women at Point Zero" by Nawal Sadawi and its linking of issues relating to feminism, sexuality, and culture. Bibliography lists 2 sources. Poinzero.wps

Rifaat's "Telephone Call" : A 4 page analysis of Alifa Rifaat's short story "The Telephone Call" (from "Distant View of a Minaret" in which the writer attempts to assess the symbolic meaning of the call itself. It is argued that the late-night, anonymous ringing was not a "sign" from the heavens but rather a lesson of faith for its receiver. Full citation listed for the primary source. Minaret.wps

Short Story Reviews : 5 pages worth of brief discussions of 8-10 African short stories; from every region of the continent. Stories reviewed appear in a collective book entitled "African Short Stories." No bibliography. Afrociv.wps

Beowulf : A 4 page (detailed) analytical discussion of the classic English epic poem - "Beowulf." No Bibliography. Beowulf2.wps

Beowulf / An Overview : A 5 page paper about the Old English epic. The writer provides an overview of the story and then analyzes its importance to contemporary readers today. No additional sources cited. Beowulf3.wps

The Character of Hrothgar in Beowulf : A 3 page essay in which the writer analytically presents Hrothgar as the most "human" character in the epic "Beowulf." It is posited that while Hrothgar does indeed have all of the qualities necessary for greatness, he is the one character with whom we can most identify. Also examined is Hrothgar's relationship with Beowulf and the fact that while he has wisdom, Hrothgar lacks courage. No Bibliography. Hrothgar.wps

Family Ties in Beowulf : A 5 page paper analyzing the way the author of this anonymous early-medieval poem views the ties of family and kinship. The paper concludes that the poem’s author considered valor and nobility to have a genetic component, and felt that a person of noble blood bore an extra measure of responsibility for his people. Bibliography lists 1 source. Famwulf.wps

Beowulf, Sundiata, and Heroism in the Epic Tradition : A 5 page paper comparing Beowulf, the oldest work in English literature, with an African epic, Sundiata. The paper concludes that the two works define heroism differently; while Beowulf is interested primarily in promoting himself as a valiant warrior, with Sundiata the emphasis is always on his people. Bibliography lists four sources. Epictrad.wps

"Beowulf" & Joseph Conrad’s "Heart of Darkness" / Heroism : A 5 page paper comparing these two works in terms of their conceptions of heroism. The paper concludes that both authors share a sense that true heroism has a spiritual component that goes beyond fame and power. Bibliography lists 2 sources. Beodark.wps

Beowulf & Gawain / The Role of Women : A 5 page paper examining the way the anonymous authors of these two early works deal with the presence of women in their tales. The paper notes that in both cases, women function as forces of primal but somehow irrational passion that need to be "smoothed over" and subjugated by men in order for the world to function in top form. Bibliography lists 3 sources. Beogaw.wps

Kingship And Downfall In Beowulf And Lear : A 5 page paper comparing Beowulf and Shakespeare’s King Lear in terms of the protagonists’ deaths at the end of their respective works of literature. The paper observes that Beowulf’s overconfidence caused him to die precisely as he wanted -- a hero -- while Lear’s vanity caused him to die a tragic and humbled death. Bibliography lists 3 sources. Learbeo.wps

Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight : A 5 page paper that discusses the difference between the two heroes in these works. Beowulf and Gawain both represent the characteristics of heroes, but both demonstrate them in different ways. While Beowulf fights his battles to achieve fame and glory, Gawain battles the Green Knight in service to Arthur. There personal characteristics determine the outcomes of the works. Bibliography lists 3 source. Gawain.wps

Beowulf vs. Achilles : A 6 page paper comparing the characters of Beowulf and Achilles (Greek mythology for Achilles). Shows basic similarities in their actions, but very different motivations. Bibliography lists a total of four sources (including the two primary ones). Beowulf.wps

Feudalism in Sir Gawain : A 6 page paper on the fourteenth-century anonymous work Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. It points out that the social structures imposed by feudalism had a great deal to do with the development of all three branches of chivalry -- bravery, loyalty, and decorum. Examples are offered from the poem. Bibliography lists 5 sources. Gawainf.wps

Sir Gawain And The Green Knight: The Use Of A Pagan Villain As A Test Of Christian Virtue : This 10 page paper considers the issue of virtue as presented in the Old English version of the tale of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and considers why the poet would have used a pagan symbol (the Green Knight) to show the nature of virtue from a Christian perspective. Bibliography lists 2 sources. Sirgaw3.wps

Honor & The Test in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight : A 3 page paper on this famous medieval poem of anonymous authorship. The paper examines the question of whether Gawain passes the test set up for him by the Green Knight, and argues that he does; the point of the exercise was to test Gawain’s honor and courage, and he exhibited both. Bibliography lists 2 sources. Hontest.wps

Knight’s Tale Vs. Sir Gawain / Conflicting Obligations Of Knighthood: In 5 pages, the writer discusses conflicting and overlapping obligations of knighthood as present in Chaucer's The Knight's Tale and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Knigconf.wps

Honor In Sir Gawain, Canterbury Tales, & Henry IV : A 5 page paper comparing the views of honor and virtue in the three works: Sir Gaiwan and the Green Knight, The Canterbury Tales, and Henry IV Part 1. No additional sources cited. Greenhon.wps

Magic In "A Midsummer’s Night Dream" And "Sir Gawain And The Green Knight" : A 5 page paper discussing how magic is employed in the two works. King Oberon uses the magical potions in order to effect his own short-term gain; Sir Gawain uses his as an aid in keeping himself pure as he desires to be. No additional sources cited. Midsum4.wps

The History of the Holy Grail : A 7 page paper discussing the sources from which the theme of the Holy Grail was gathered, and how the theme has changed over time. Sources discussed include the Mabinogion, Chrétien de Troyes, Robert de Boron, the Perlesvaus, the Queste del Saint Graal, and Thomas Malory. Bibliography lists six sources. Grail.wps

Courtly Love in Medieval / Arthurian Romances : A well-organized 11 page research paper on the theme of courtly love in Medieval Literature. The writer focuses upon such authors as Andreas Capellanus, Chretien de Troyes, and others. The role of women, chivalry, etc;-- is elaborated upon using such examples as "Lancelot" and various other Arthurian romances. Bibliography lists 10 sources. Medeiva2.wps

Chretien de Troyes’ "Yvain" : A 5 page analysis of de Troyes’ tale on the subject of how pure love leads to transformation of the individual—where Yvain and other characters are representatives of both the personal soul and the community soul. Bibliography lists 1 source. YvaindeT.doc

Chretien de Troyes’ "Yvain" / Love and Marriage : A 5 page paper showing how the title character in Chretien de Troyes’ medieval romance learns to appreciate the value of love. The paper concludes that in the Middle Ages a successful man’s life was supposed to be carefully calibrated to include both love and adventure -- a public life and a private -- and Yvain erred in favoring one at the expense of the other. One source cited. Lmyvain.wps

Chretien De Troyes' "Yvain" / Relationship Between Knights and Nobles : In this 3 page essay, the writer discusses such things as the importance of nobility in Knighthood, chivalry, and the "human side" of Knights as evidenced by the character of Yvain. This is contrasted with Nobles- who were not treated as heroes in this genre of literature. Specific examples from the story are provided. Bibliography lists 3 sources. Yvain.wps

The Legends Of King Arthur / Fiction or Reality : An 8 page essay exploring the historical roots of King Arthur. Stresses that the middle age authors who passed on the stories paid little attention to historical setting and that therefore the question of the reality of King Arthur is difficult to answer. Bibliography lists five sources. Kinga.wps

Literature & Medieval Warfare : An 8 page discussion of the "Song of Roland" as an example of the logical aspects of Medieval Warfare. It is noted that while the typical knight's code of honor should not be underestimated and was of great importance, so was his quest for financial rewards. Bibliography lists 5 supporting sources. Medieval.wps

Why Did Roland Wait to Blow His Horn? : A 2 page look at the anonymous French chanson de geste, The Song of Roland. It analyzes why Roland takes such a long time to blow his horn to summon aid, and determines that it was initially pride, but then sound military strategy. Bibliography lists 1 source. Rolhorn.wps

Song Of Roland : Some say that courage is danger, difficulty, or pain without fear. It contains elements of will power and self-sacrifice. Courage will inspire men to hold their ground when every instinct calls upon them to run away. In The Song of Roland bravery and courage are the main themes. Three of the main characters reflect concepts of an archetype well known to the people of the time. This is a 5 page paper that examines the story, the characters and the plot in terms of the archetypes and their concepts of bravery. No additional sources cited. Songrola.wps

"The Song of Roland" : This 5 page report discusses the medieval poem "The Song of Roland" or Chanson de Roland and summarizes the plot, describes the poem’s characters and their roles, and briefly discusses the "ideal" behavior of a knight, as well as chivalry in the middle ages of Europe. No additional sources cited. Roland3.wps

Presentation of Kingships in Medieval Literature : A 7 page paper presenting the role taken by the medieval king in such works as Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. The writer depicts the father-son relationship that existed between a king and his warriors. Bibliography lists three sources. Kingship.wps

Nobility in Medieval Literature : A 5 page paper describing the role of nobility in the Middle Ages. The writer uses Dante's Inferno as a primary source, and describes how Dante presented the noble class. Bibliography lists four sources. Inferno.wps

Teutonic Knights : A 6 page research paper that looks at the history of the Teutonic Knights, a military-religious order similar to the better known Templar or Hospitaller Orders of the middle ages. The Teutonic Knights were responsible for bringing Christianity to Eastern Europe through numerous crusades that lasted through to the fifteenth century. Bibliography lists 3 sources. Teutonic.wps

Scholasticism Of The Middle Ages : This 5 page paper looks at Scholasticism of the high Middle Ages and compares it with other religions of that era and of later time periods. The position of doubt in theology is one concept explored. Bibliography lists 5 sources Stism.wps

King Arthur’s Wife / The Legend Of Guinevere Through Time : A 10 page paper tracing the development of the legend of King Arthur’s wife Guinevere from her origins in Celtic tales, through Chretien de Troyes and Thomas Malory, to Alfred Lord Tennyson’s treatment of her in "Idylls of the King." The paper shows how the perception of a free-thinking and independent woman changed over time, providing reasons why this may have occurred. Bibliography lists7 sources. Guenevre.wps

Gilgamesh / Religion : A 5 page paper comparing and contrasting religious views of the Sumerians as evidenced by the epic of Gilgamesh with religious attitudes in our own day. Bibliography lists 2 sources. Gilgmesh.wps

Dream Interpretation in "Gilgamesh" : 5 page discussion of dreams and open dream interpretation in the epic "Gilgamesh." No Bibliography. Gilgames.wps

Gilgamesh as an Epic Hero : A 2 page essay demonstrating how the character of Gilgamesh does indeed fall under the classic and definitive explanation of a "hero" as well as how the elements of his story comprise that which genuinely defines an "epic." Bibliography lists 2 sources. Gilgame2.wps

Heroism & Violence in Gilgamesh and the Odyssey : In this 6 page essay, the writer argues that Odysseus (from "The Odyssey") and Gilgamesh (from "The Epic of Gilgamesh") were both heroes in the classic, definitive sense. It is reasoned that their violent tempers and mood swings actually had some "redeeming value."-- Excellent comparisons are made between the two characters. No Bibliography. Odysseus.wps

Death & The Afterlife In Gilgamesh And The Iliad : A 4 page paper comparing and contrasting views on immortality and the afterlife in these two ancient texts. The paper concludes that their two conceptions of the afterlife closely resemble the main alternatives of belief -- heaven versus nonexistence -- held by people in our own day. Bibliography lists two sources (the books). Gilg.wps

How Different Was a Scholar's Life From Other Medieval People : In 6 pages the author discusses the medieval scholar and compares him to other medieval people. There were many types of people that existed in medieval times, from peasant, to scholar, to nobleman. The scholar was a very dedicated person that was also called an intellectual, a historian, and a cleric in medieval times. They were the most learned of men during that time. Bibliography lists 9 sources. Medschol.wps

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