Compare the vengeance society represented in The Iliad with the vengeance society represented in Beowulf.
The research paper should reflect your understanding of a work or works
covered in this class, and in some manner must relate that work to the period from
which it originates. You may choose to write an informative essay which simply
details the work and its relationship to its historical milieu or you may wish to
take an argumentative stance as to the historical, political, or social significance
of a work. Then again, you may wish to compare and contrast two works from different periods showing how each reflects the values of its own time and yet retains or reflects values of another period. Whichever type of paper you choose, you must show a competency in evaluating and integrating sources, analyzing the literary text(s), properly and citing your sources. The paper must be double-spaced, seven to ten pages in length, include a cover sheet, outline and works cited page, and must follow MLA documentation.
Possible topics include:
Gilgamesh, The Ramayana, or The Iliad represent the society from which the story springs?
Compare the cultural values represented in Gilgamesh with those represented in
Take any work we have covered and show how it has influenced the values and mores of the society from which it came.
Compare the vengeance society represented in
The Iliad with the vengeance society represented in Beowulf.
You may not write about any of the religious texts. This is a literature
class, not a religion class, which it has turned into in the past when people
have written about the Bible.
You also may not write about the Heros Journey.
Seven to ten pages in length
Typed double-spaced in 11 pt. Calibri or similar font.
Use must use five outside sources
The paper must follow MLA Documentation guidelines including in-
text citations and a Works Cited page.
All sources must have an author. You may not use an anonymous source.
You may not use Schmoop, SparkNotes or any other essay generating site
as a source.
At least three of your five sources must come from the databases at
You may use Wikipedia, if the article has been locked and can no longer
be edited (you will see a lock in the upper left of the page).