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Franz Kafka / Judaism In His Works : A 5 page paper looking at this important German writer of the twentieth century in terms of the Jewish context of his works. The paper argues that his frequent allusions to deformity, illness, and guilt mirror his own self-perception, resulting from the anti-Semitic stereotypes of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Kafka’s work entitled "Metamorphosis" is emphasized. Bibliography lists five sources. KBkafka.wps

Franz Kafka’s "Country Doctor" / As A Definitive Myth : A 5 page discussion of the short story "A Country Doctor" by the German writer Franz Kafka. The paper shows how this extremely complex story unfolds like a nightmare and actually functions as a kind of modern myth. Bibliography lists seven sources. Kafka3.wps

Franz Kafka's "The Hunger Artist" : A 4 page paper discussing the short story, The Hunger Artist. The writer analyzes Kafka's tongue in cheek style and humorous look at the life of a starving artist. No additional sources cited. Kafka.wps

Franz Kafka’s "The Hunger Artist" / Marxist Rhetoric : A 5 page paper examining rhetoric in Franz Kafka's The Hunger Artist. The writer discusses various points of Kafka's story from a Marxist/materialist point of view. No additional sources cited. Kafka2.wps

Franz Kafka’s "The Metamorphosis" : A 10 page paper discussing the book by Franz Kafka entitled "The Metamorphosis." Gregor, the man who has found himself transformed into an insect one morning, is a man who has little self confidence and believes himself useless to society in general. Kafka has used the hideousness of his present condition to even further illustrate how low a man this Gregor is. Kafka also uses Gregor’s present external condition to demonstrate how Gregor feels about his family members, his work, and himself. What was evident before becomes strikingly so based on the fact that Gregor is now a grotesque insect. No additional sources cited. Kafka.wps

Franz Kafka’s "Metamorphosis" / Character Analysis : 2 page discussion of loneliness in the character Gregor from Kafka's "Metamorphosis." No Bibliography. Gregor.wps

Franz Kafka’s "Metamorphosis" / Injustice : This 5 page research paper argues that Gregor Samsa’s transformation from man to insect in Franz Kafka’s short story, "Metamorphosis," was completely unjust, in terms of his family’s reaction to his condition, and their ultimate betrayal and rejection of him. Bibliography lists 1 source. Franzk.wps

Franz Kafka / "Metamorphosis" : A 5 page essay in which the writer posits that Kafka’s story is allegorical for the creationist evolution of the planet Earth, and also for the evolution of religious beliefs from antiquity to Christianity. Bibliography lists 1 source. Metakaf.wps

Kafka’s Stories Compared : This 9 page paper describes and compares the Franz Kafka stories, "The Judgement" (1913) and "The Metamorphosis" (1915). Metajudg.wps

Kafka as Modernist : A 5 page paper looking at two of Franz Kafka’s posthumously-published novels, The Trial and The Castle, showing how they reflect the concerns of European modernism. The paper also notes that while their tone was a little too bleak and existentialist for most Americans of the Modernist period, Americans today are rediscovering Kafka because he perfectly reflects the sense of meaninglessness so pervasive today. No additional sources cited. Kafmod.wps

Modernism and the Novel : This 5 page report discusses the transformation of modernism in terms of Kafka’s "The Trial" and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s "The Great Gatsby." The inherent differences of writers in the same modernist period but in Europe compared to America is also discussed. Bibliography lists only the two works themselves as sources. Modno.wps

Herman Hesse's "Damien" : A 4 page review of theme, character, and structure in Herman Hesse's "Damien." Meanings, metaphors, and characteristics of the novel are examined. No Bibliography. Damien.wps

Herman Hesse's Narcissus and Goldmund: A 7 page research paper on Hermann Hesse's novel of the same name. The writer details the themes of the novel, and relates them to the story and the text. Bibliography lists 1 source. Narcissu.wps

Thomas Mann / His Life & Work : This 7 page paper discusses how German author Thomas Mann's life (1875-1955) affected his works. Bibliography lists 6 sources. Mannt.wps

Thomas Mann’s "The Magic Mountain" : A 6 page paper that discusses the major themes in Thomas Mann's classic, The Magic Mountain. The focus of this paper is on the importance of disease, and the comparison Mann makes between the disease, the sanitarium and the outside society (the ills of society). FREE outline page included. Bibliography lists 4 sources. Mann.wps

Thomas Mann’s "The Magic Mountain" # 2 / Setting & Environment : A 5 page essay on the use of the mountain and sanitarium setting as a device to portray the environment in which Hans Castorp develops an understanding of the horrors of the war. The paper proves Hans’ progress in terms of the setting—from his introduction to reality at the sanitarium to a rejection of that reality to the real answer on the slopes of the magic mountain. Bibliography lists 1 source. Magmount.wps

Thomas Mann’s "Death In Venice" / Mass Culture : A 9 page paper on Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice, looking specifically at the way it is written to be understood on both an extremely literary level as well as by a more mass-market audience. The paper points out that by writing the story realistically but packing it with classical archetypes, Mann is able to gain both intelligibility and depth. Bibliography lists six sources. Mannd.wps

Thomas Mann's "Death In Venice" / Morality & Society : A 3 analysis that examines that Gustav von Aschenbach, the protagonist in Thomas Mann's Death in Venice, illustrates the ideas concerning morality discussed by Freud in his work Civilization and Its Discontents. Bibliography lists 2 sources. Deathin2.wps

J.W. von Goethe / Works and Contributions To German Theater : A research paper of 6 pages, highlighting some of Goethe’s contributions to the German theatre. His scientific investigations are given some discussion, and his literary talents that included drama, poetry, novel fiction and autobiography are mentioned. The paper, though, focuses on his drama and the setting of his eighteenth-century times. Bibliography lists 6 sources. Goethe.wps

Goethe’s "Faust" / The Devil’s Funnybone -- A Comic Episode : A 5 page paper examining one episode of comic relief in Goethe’s Faust. It concerns the Devil’s advice to a first-year student trying to decide on a field of study, and contains considerable irony and satire. The paper concludes that the Devil’s cynicism actually serves to throw Faust’s sincerity into higher relief. Bibliography lists three sources. Devilfun.wps

Magic In Shakespeare & Goethe : A 5 page paper that details the passage of magic, dreams, and incantations in a Midsummer Nights Dream and Goethe’s Faust. The writer also examines how both works display these qualities and goes into significant plot analysis as well. Midg.wps

Before The Deluge: A Portrait Of Berlin In The 1920s : This 10 page paper evaluates the presentation of Berlin in the period between World War I and World War II related in Otto Friedrich’s work, which demonstrates that the pre-World War II Berlin represented many positive social, cultural and political components that were no longer present at the end of the war. Bibliography lists 1 source. Delugefr.wps

"Spring’s Awakening" : A 5 page review of Frank Wedekind’s play on teen sexuality, teen pregnancy and teen suicide. The writer posits that, as Wedekind so aptly points out, reliance on religious and other overtures in a society that is bourgeois in nature can only lead to destruction. Wedekind.wps

Paris / Expatriates In : A 10 page research paper and essay exploring the issue of why, how and who were self-exiled in Paris. The writer focuses on a philosophical introduction to the mindset of the Parisian public and explores the works, politics and lifestyles of Gertrude Stein, Anais Nin, and Henry Miller. Bibliography lists 8 sources. Parisex.wps

Hitler and Corradini: Nationalistic Fervor : A 5 page comparison of how Adolf Hitler ("Mein Kampf") and Enrico Corradini ("Italian Fascisms") addressed the social domestic policies of nationalism. The writer also addresses why the two writers addressed the issue as they did. Bibliography lists 2 sources. Cnsocnat.wps

Boccaccio's Depiction of The Plague vs. Today's Treatment of AIDS Victims : A 4 page comparison between the social problem described in the opening of Boccaccio's "Decameron" and the present-day AIDS dilemma. The writer describes how individuals affected with the Black Plague were treated very much like contemporary AIDS victims in terms of their alienation from society. AIDS is also regarded as being a somewhat different epidemic as it mostly affects only certain high-risk groups whereas the Plague could strike anyone, anywhere, at any time -- and no one knew why. No Bibliography. Plagauds.wps

Boccaccio’s "Decameron": A 3 page essay that examines how the ribald tales of Giovanni Boccaccio in his fourteenth century book, The Decameron, reflected the changing social structure brought about by the Black Death and also foreshadowed the intellectual freedom which would develop as part of the Renaissance. Bibliography lists 4 sources. Decameron.wps

Castiglione's "The Courtier" and Neoplatonic Beauty During the Renaissance : A 6 page paper on this landmark work in Renaissance literature and the art that shared its aesthetic goals. The writer details Castiglione's view of Neoplatonic beauty, and then relates it specifically to the works of two Renaissance artists, Michelangelo and Leonardo da vinci. Bibliography lists 5 sources. Castig.wps

Dante's "Inferno" : A 2 page discussion of Canto V in Dante's "Inferno." Please call for more information. No bibliography. Danteinf.wps

Dante’s "Inferno" / The Characterization Of Dante In His Own Divine Comedy : A 6 page paper dealing with the question of why Dante chose to use himself as the protagonist, and shows how the four levels of meaning in the story all come together in the characterization of Dante. Bibliography lists five sources. Divinec.wps

Dante’s "Inferno" / The Divine Comedy -- Characterization Of Beatrice : A 6 page paper discussing the most famous epic poem of the Middle Ages, The Divine Comedy by Dante. The paper answers the question of why Dante chose to use his departed beloved as the central female figure of the poem, and shows how the four levels of meaning in the story all come together in the characterization of Beatrice. Bibliography lists five sources. Divine.wps

Dante’s "Divine Comedy" vs. Chaucer’s "Canterbury Tales"/ Evil : An 8 page paper analyzing the way evil is portrayed in The Canterbury Tales and The Divine Comedy. The paper concludes that whereas Dante sees evil as being a catastrophic impediment toward man’s attainment of the divine -- and thus something to be taken very, very seriously -- Chaucer sees its human manifestations in what we would actually consider a more "modern" sense: as irony. Bibliography lists 7 sources. Evildc.wps

Dante & The Bible -- Temptation & God’s Directive : A 5 page paper that provides a creative look at the issues of temptation and action against the directive of God as these themes are represented in a number of famous works, including the Bible and Dante’s Divine Comedy. Bibliography lists 5 sources. Tempgod.wps

Dante’s "Inferno" / Theme Of Betrayal : A 5 page paper looking at Cantos 31, 32, and 34. The paper analyzes The Inferno in terms of imagery, characterization, and theme, with a particular look at Dante’s horror of betrayal. Bibliography lists one source. Dante4.wps

Dante’s "Inferno" / Canto III Analyzed : This 15 page research paper examines the pivotal Canto III of the "Inferno" by Italian poet Dante Alighieri. Specific passages are analyzed, with the position that this medieval allegory laid the foundation for Christian conservative groups such as the New England Puritans, and questions whether or not theirs was a forgiving God. Bibliography lists 9 sources. Cantoin.wps

Dante’s "Inferno"/ Canto XII Analyzed : This 6 research paper analyzes the punishment of the tyrants and murderers in the seventh circle, where the punishment of violent sinners takes place. Specifically discussed is why the crime of murder is considered less of a sin according to Dante’s ascending circles to Hell than it is perceived today. Bibliography lists 7 sources. Cantoxii.wps

Dante's "Inferno" --Applied Essay / Hell in the Twentieth Century : A 5 page speculative paper updating Dante’s Divine Comedy to the twentieth century, and choosing three 20th well-known century figures to represent each of three of Dante’s levels of Hell -- Incontinence, Violence, and Fraud. The paper also assigns an appropriate punishment to each, based on the sin committed. No sources except book. Dante.wps

Dante’s "Inferno" / Cantos I - XI : 8 pages in length. Broken down into sections, the writer reviews & analyzes each of The Inferno’s first 11 cantos. Dant11.wps

Dante’s "Inferno" / Cantos XIII - XXIV : 8 pages in length. Broken down into sections, the writer reviews & analyzes Inferno, Cantos 11-24. Dant24.wps

Dante’s "Inferno" / Applications to Life : This 8 page paper discusses how Dante's The Inferno depicts real life specific to the recovering alcoholic. It compares the process of admitting to alcoholism, deciding to journey outside the boundaries of the familiar, confronting the beasts of a previous lifestyle, choosing a guide, giving their life and will over to a power greater then themselves and making the journey of honest and fearless self-examination with the story of Dante's journey through the Inferno with the help and guidance of Virgil.Bibliography lists 2 sources. Infelife.wps

Dante’s "Inferno" / Role of Women : A 2 page paper looking at the fact that women’s sins as depicted by Dante tend to be overwhelmingly of a sexual nature as compared to men’s. The paper concludes that this may be because women in Dante’s time were considered to have a limited sphere of influence, and their role was seen as primarily procreative. Bibliography lists 1 source. Womndant.wps

Dante's Inferno and Plato's "Symposium" : A 4 page paper about these two masterpieces. The writer explores the issue of love, and what that means to each of these 2 writers. Bibliography lists 3 sources. Infplato.wps

Comparison of Dante from "Inferno" and King Lear from Shakespeare's "King Lear" : In 5 pages the author discusses the similarities and differences between Dante and King Lear. "'King Lear' is a tragedy that was written by William Shakespeare. 'Inferno' is part one of a three-part story, which was written by Dante Alighieri. Although both stories are tragedies and contain great suffering, Dante is without a doubt the stronger of the two characters. The men share a commonality of fate stepping in and deciding their actions for them. Dante's fate, however was a much better one than Lear's was. Dante thought himself unworthy and Lear thought himself great. They were both wrong. Both men had eye-opening experiences. In Lear's case, it was too late." Dantlear.wps

Dante’s "Marie de France" & The Character’s Belief That God Is On Her Side :
A 3 page essay discussing Marie de France and her lover’s passion and her assertion that God must be on their side. The writer illustrates how this attitude expresses the conflict between love and "Christian values" in the story. No additional sources cited. Mariede.wps

Machiavelli / The Role Of Evil In Politics : A 5 page research paper which analyses the political philosophy of 15th-century writer Niccolo Machiavelli. The writer takes the stance that Machiavelli’s techniques which justify the use of evil in politics are wrong. Although the use of evil make help a leader obtain and retain power for awhile, the writer argues that ultimately this method will fail. Bibliography lists 4 sources. Evilpoli.wps

Machiavelli’s "The Prince" : This 5 page paper discusses The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli. Examples of Machiavellian monarchies are noted as the writer interprets the political meaning of Machiavelli’s writing. Bibliography lists 8 sources. Prince.wps

Machiavelli's "The Prince"/ Gaining Esteem : 7 pages in length. An analytical examination of this classic work in political theory. The writer pays particular attention to Chapter XXI in which Machiavelli discusses how The Prince will gain great esteem if he engages successfully in important enterprises. Bibliography lists 5 sources. Machiav2.wps

Machiavelli's "The Prince" / Virtue : A 5 page essay exploring the virtues and vices of Machiavelli's story. The writer argues that the critics of his work that proclaim his evil are not looking at the big picture, but only its outcome. Arguments: Machiavelli's purpose in writing the document and where he places emphasis in the document and how this is ignored by critics. Bibliography lists 4 sources. (The Prince primarily). Princem.wps

Machiavelli's "The Prince" / Concept Of Leadership : A 9 page paper that provides an overview of the basic leadership concepts supported in Machiavelli's The Prince, and then suggest comparisons with leaders of recent times. Bibliography lists 7 sources. Machi.wps

Machiavelli's "The Prince" / Perfect Ruler : A 5 page paper that considers the elements of rulership presented in Machiavelli's The Prince and demonstrates the contradictions between what a ruler should present and what a ruler should embrace. No additional sources cited. Machperf.wps

Machiavelli’s "The Prince" / Use Of History : A 6 page paper discussing the use of history in Machiavelli's The Prince. Bibliography lists 3 sources. Machhist.wps

Political Leadership According to Plato and Machiavelli : A 5 page paper discussing bot the similarities and differences between Plato and Machiavelli’s views of political leadership. Bibliography lists "The Prince" by Machiavelli and "The Republic" by Plato as sources. Plrpine.wps

Principles From Machiavelli’s "The Prince" / Applied To The French Revolution : A 6 page essay that uses looks to Machiavelli’s book for the a further understanding of the events of the Revolution. Prinfren.wps

Machiavelli's "The Prince" vs. Shakespeare's "Othello" : 7 pages in length. A comparative analysis between Machievelli's "The Prince" and Shakespeare's "Othello" in which the writer examines each work in light of their respective eras and sociocultural issues. It is concluded that in "Othello," the author seems to cry out for a different kind of sovereignty than in "The Prince." Bibliography lists 3 sources. Prinothe.wps

"Hamlet" vs. "The Prince" / The Dane & The Italian : A 5 page paper comparing Machiavelli’s "Prince" and Shakespeare’s "Prince Hamlet." The writer feels that both works represented important changing points in world culture. No additional sources cited. 2princes.doc

Machiavelli’s Influence in Shakespeare’s Henry VI : A 20 page paper looking at the way sixteenth-century Florentine politician Niccolo Machiavelli influenced Shakespeare’s characterization of the inept ruler in his three Henry VI plays (parts I, II, and III.) The paper shows areas in which Shakespeare’s idea of "statesmanship" resembled Machiavelli’s, as well as where it differed. Bibliography lists six sources. Henrymach.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 cites four sources. Inferno.wps

The Psychology Of Luigi Pirandello : A 14 page comparison of two of Pirandello’s plays, Finding One’s Self and When One is Somebody, writen from the perspective of the psychology the author used in the plays. Author of far more short stories than plays and also a novelist, Pirandello also won the Nobel Prize in 1934. Bibliography lists 5 sources. Luigi.wps

Petrarch / The Frontiers of Two Peoples : A 9 page paper positioning Petrarch as a transition figure between medieval and Renaissance, but ultimately one whose conclusions about existence are firmly grounded in medieval thought. The paper focuses on Petrarch’s literary criticism and letters, particularly the "Letter to Posterity" and "The Ascent of Mt. Ventoux", and is both historical and literary in orientation. Bibliography lists five sources. Petrarch.wps

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(The) Athenian Polis : A short essay examining how the writers and philosophers of Classic Greece criticized Athenian politics/the Athenian polis in their works. Mentioned are Aeschylus, Aristophanes, Euripedes, and Socrates. No Bibliography. Athenpol.wps

Athenian Democratic Imperialism : 8 pages in length. When comparing Athenian democracy to imperialism, it is essential to evaluate how the two elements played out in their political history. Thucydides’ account of Athenian democracy provides the reader with a significant understanding of why their democratic decision making may have been inherently flawed; if the quality of Athenian leadership was to blame; whether or not the Athenians were short-sighted or mere unlucky; as well as posits the possibility that a contemporary democracy might form similar policies. The writer addresses these issues as they relate to Athenian democratic Imperialism. Bibliography lists 4 sources. Athendem.wps

Thucydides Speakes to the Athenian Assembly : This 5 page report is written as speech given by Thucydides tot he assembly of Athens and addressing the action to be taken against the revolting Mitylenians, policy relating to Melos, and the possibility of mounting a conquest of Sicily. No additional sources cited. Thucy.wps

Greco-Roman Values : It has been known for quite some time that literature not only reflects the values of a society, but that it can influence them as well. This 6 page paper looks at a few of the classic literature, such as The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer, Thucydides' interpretation of Pericles's funeral oration and the plague narrative and The Rape of Lucretia, in terms of the values they may have contributed or reflected of the ancient Greek and Roman societies. Bibliography lists 14 sources. Grecorom.wps

Greek Tragedy According to Aristotle Analyzed : This 5 page research paper examines Aristotle's definition of tragedy in his essay, Poetics. Specifically discussed are how Aristotle's interpretation of tragedy is expressed in two classic Greek plays, Antigone by Sophocles, and Agamemnon by Aeschylus. Bibliography lists 3 sources. Grtrag.wps

The Control of the Individual by the State : A 6 page essay that looks at four historic works as to how these texts relate to the issue of the state's control of the individual. The texts examined are Antigone, an autobiography of Fredrick Douglass, On Liberty by John Stuart Mill, and The Communist Manifesto. The writer draws parallel between these classic works. Includes quotations from these four sources. Statecon.wps

Cicero’s Commonwealth : A 6 page paper comparing Plato & Aristotle’s views on political order and justice with those of Cicero. Bibliography lists 6 sources. Ciceroc.doc

Letters To Atticus : A short three page overview of differences and similarities that exist between Cicero's letter to Atticus and Pliny the Younger's letters to Trajan. No sources listed. Atticus.wps

Thucydides and the Peloponnesian War : A 5 page summarization of major themes in Thucydides accounts of the Peloponnesian War. This paper presents the historical perspective prior to the onset of the war. It also contains consideration of the major thematic considerations of the era, including focus on democracy, morality, ambition, leadership and wealthy. The primary source is cited. Pelop.wps

The Culture of Greece & Thucydides’ "The Peloponnesian War" : A 4 page paper that considers the representation of culture presented by Thucydides in his work The Peloponnesian War. This paper demonstrates the differences between Sparta and Athens that led to the war, as well as the perceptions of culture in other city states. Bibliography lists no additional sources. Grpel.wps

Greco-Roman Values : It has been known for quite some time that literature not only reflects the values of a society, but that it can influence them as well. This 6 page paper looks at a few of the classic literature, such as The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer, Thucydides' interpretation of Pericles's funeral oration and the plague narrative and The Rape of Lucretia, in terms of the values they may have contributed or reflected of the ancient Greek and Roman societies. Bibliography lists 14 sources. Grecorom.wps

Thucydides Speakes to the Athenian Assembly : This 5 page report is written as speech given by Thucydides tot he assembly of Athens and addressing the action to be taken against the revolting Mitylenians, policy relating to Melos, and the possibility of mounting a conquest of Sicily. No additional sources cited. Thucy.wps

Heracles and the "Twelve Labors" – The Better Story : A 5 page paper discussing Heracles [later renamed "Hercules " by the Romans]. The themes of the stories and adventures of Heracles have all the makings of a great action/adventure television show. Bibliography lists four sources. Heracles.wps

Hercules & Diana / Heroism Personified : This 5 page paper discusses the myth of Hercules (Heracles) and compares it with the myth of Diana (Artemis). Each character was undeniably heroic and each based their standards of behavior on ideals much larger than their own individuality. No additional sources cited. Hercdian.wps

Euripides’ "The Bacchae": A 5 page research paper which examines the behavior of the chorus in the play and the reasons behind their continued reverence for a deity who pledges brutal revenge against their ruler. Bibliography lists one source. Bacchae.wps

Euripides' "Medea" : A 5 page paper that discusses the way in which power corrupted Medea in this tragedy. This paper contends that it was not only the behavior of Jason that led Medea towards the pursuit of power, but also the determinations made by society that led her to murder her children, among others. No additional sources cited. Medea.wps

Euripides’ "Medea" / Character Of Jason : A 5 page summary of the character of Jason in Euripides’ novel, "Medea." In this ancient story we see a woman scorned by her husband and seeking revenge. Jason has essentially abandoned her and sought a new wife who will bring him social standing and wealth. He is a weak power seeking individual who is not altogether a very intelligent man. He gives Medea simple-minded excuses for his behavior. In addition to being power hungry and lacking intelligence he is shown to be a man of little wisdom. No additional sources cited. Jasonmed.wps

Lysistrata vs. Medea / A Comparison : A 5 page comparison between the two classic Greek plays : Lysistrata (by Aristophanes) and Medea (by Euripides). Although a number of inherent similarities are pointed out, the writer defines Lysistrata as a comedy and Medea as a tragedy. One of the key differences between the two central characters was that Lysistrata -- from the very beginning -- sought to end violence. Medea, in contrast, ultimately used violence in an attempt to prove her point. No Bibliography. Lysismed.wps

Lysistrata vs. Medea / Presentation Of Women : This 4 page research paper compares and contrasts the presentation of women’s’ natures and their role in Greek society in Medea (431 B.C.) by Euripides and Lysistrata (411 B.C.) by Aristophanes. Bibliography lists 2 sources. Medlys.rtf

Aristophanes / Serious Humor : A 9 page paper showing how there was a serious purpose behind Aristophanes’ comic works. The paper looks at two works in particular -- "The Clouds" and "The Birds" -- and, using some analysis by Aristotle and Freud on how comedy works, examines how Aristophanes used the force of comedy to show his countrymen the foibles of their own character and the world they lived in. Bibliography lists 7 sources. Aristo.wps

Ovid's Metamorphoses / Evidence of Tragedy : A 5 page paper discussing two stories in Ovid's Metamorphoses, "Apollo and Daphne" and "Pyramus and Thisbe." In an attempt to prove that these stories are tragedies, a definition of tragedy is provided and a number of examples from the book are excerpted. The primary source is cited. Ovid.wps

Petronius’ "The Widow of Ephesus" : A 6 page paper on Petronius' short fable, "The Widow Of Ephesus." The writer describes how Petronius satirizes, grief, crucifixion and fidelity and discusses the importance of Roman funeral practices. Bibliography lists 6 sources. Bibligoraphy lists 6 sources. Petron.wps

Petronius’ "Satyrica" : The ancient Roman work is analyzed in historical perspective. This 6 page analysis examines Nero’s reign, the Emperor who ruled during the time period in which the piece was written. The paper goes back further to Caesar’s era in order to provide a further understanding of early Roman history. Bibliography lists 7 sources. Satyrica.wps

St. Augustine’s "The City of God" : 5 pages in length. St. Augustine describes how each city begins and what those who belong to each city will find on the last judgment day. The text is primarily the history of mankind, with generous quotations taken from the Bible. Bibliography lists 3 sources. Citygod.wps

"The Golden Ass" & St. Augustine’s "Confessions" / Studies in Transformation :
A 6 page paper comparing the conversion experiences of Lucius, the main character of Apuleius’ Golden Ass, with St. Augustine. The writer examines Book 8 of the Confessions alongside Book 11 of the Golden Ass, and finds points of correspondence between each. No additional sources cited. Goldenas.wps

St. Augustine’s Confessions : A 5 page paper discussing "Confessions" by St. Augustine. He was a great figure in the past who illustrated, through "Confessions," that his life had not always followed one path, other than the path to seek truth. His ideas concerning the material, physical, natural world, as well as his beliefs surrounding Neoplatonic and Christianity are discussed. Bibliography lists 4 sources. Augconf.wps

St. Augustine, Descartes, and Galileo / Comparing Views on Religion & Science : This 5 page report discusses how three of the pre-eminent thinkers of the past 1,500 years viewed the relationship between religion and science. Bibliography lists 3 sources. Augdegal.wps

Apuleius’ "The Golden Ass" : A 5 page paper discussing "The Golden Ass" by Lucius Apuleius which is the only work of fiction in Latin to have survived from antiquity. No additional sources are cited. Apuleius.doc

Suetonius' "The Twelve Caesars" -- Discussion Of Augustus And Tiberius : A 6 page paper that describes the reigns of the first two real emperors of Rome. The paper gives a short explanation of Suetonius and the framework from which he wrote, then discusses and contrasts the administrations and policies of Augustus and Tiberius, dealing particularly with the difficulties of the transfer of power between them. No Bibliography. Caesar.wps

Suetonius’ ‘‘The Twelve Caesars’’ / Reflection Roman Culture & Society : A 5 page essay that looks at what can be learned about Roman culture from this ancient document. 12c.wps

Terence : The life and works of this important early Roman dramatist are discussed in a 7 page paper. Compared are the author's life challenges to those of the characters in his plays, citing examples from works such as The Girl From Andros, The Eunuch, and The Brothers. Historical facts about Ancient Rome are noted in relationship to the thesis. Bibliography lists 5 sources. Terence.wps

Aeschylus’ "Oresteia" / Metaphors : A 5 page paper that provides an overview of metaphor, specifically bird metaphors, that are utilized to represent the tragedy of the young in the first play of the Oresteia. Bibliography lists no additional sources. Oresteia.doc

Aeschylus’ "Oresteia" / Agamemnon : A 5 page paper that discusses Cassandra's rendering of the play within the play, which describes the plot and the the story through the imagery of her words. No additional sources cited. Agam.wps

Aeschylus’ "Oresteia" / Agamemnon vs. O’Connor’s Wise Blood : 4 page-long essay comparatively analyzing the differences between finale for the Chorus in Greek tragedy's "Agamemnon" and Hazel Motes in Flannery O'Connor's "Wise Blood." No bibliography. Agamemot.wps

Aeschylus’ "Oresteia" / Agamemnon vs. O’Connor’s Wise Blood # 2 : A 2 page version of Agememot.wps [above] that concentrates on the theme of death within the two stories. Agemotes.wps

Aeschylus’ "The Eumenides" : A 5 page paper discussing how during the Peloponnesion War, Athens failed to fulfill the hopes expressed for it in Aeschylus’ "The Eumenides." Bibliography lists 3 sources. Aeschyls.wps

Sophocles & Euripides / Two Different Visions : A 4 page essay on the different styles of these two Greek classical playwrights. The paper supports Sophocles’ own claim that "[Euripides] paints men as they are; I paint men as they ought to be." Bibliography lists two sources. Eurip.wps

Sophocles’ "Antigone"/ Character’s Foolishness : A 6 page argumentative essay entitled "Antigone's Childish Defiance : A Pointless Death." Writer argues that Antigone acts irrationally in defying Creon and could have developed some better and more productive way of coping with her brother's denied burial. The writer feels that Antigone acted of her own freewill and that there is no underlying theme of fate present in the story with regard to her ultimate demise. Bibliography lists 3 supporting sources. Antigone.wps

Sophocles’ "Antigone" / Catharsis & Audience Identification : A 5 page paper on the process of "tragic catharsis" in Sophocles’ classic play. Beginning with a definition of tragedy which includes the concept of catharsis, the paper shows how audiences watching Antigone empathize by putting their own self-doubts up there on the stage, and symbolically work them out right alongside Antigone. Bibliography lists 2 sources. Cathaud.wps

Sophocles’ "Antigone"/ Creon As A Tragic Figure : A 5 page paper discussing the characterization of Creon in Sophocles’ play, and how he fits the traditional definition of a tragic figure. The paper traces Creon’s development through the play, arguing that although his self-righteousness and inflexibility did not change until the end, his motivations degenerated from patriotic ones to personal ones, creating much of the tragic element. Bibliography lists three sources. Creon.wps

Sophocles’ "Antigone"/ Analysis of Familial Conflict : The father and son conflict contained in this play, between the characters Creon and Haemon, is analyzed in this 5 page paper. The emotional confrontation is discussed in the context of the entire Greek tragedy by Sophocles. No additional sources cited. Anti.wps

Sophocles’ "Antigone"/ The First Feminist : A 5 page essay that looks at Antigone from a feminist viewpoint. By asserting her individuality, she became free yet she remained a prisoner of her beliefs since by obeying her conscious she faced death. No additional sources cited. Antigfe.wps

Sophocles’ "Antigone" / Scene 5 Analyzed : A 5 page analysis of the last scene in the play by the ancient Greek playwright, Sophocles. The writer demonstrates how this climatic scene answers the theological and philosophical questions of the play and how they related to Greek society. No additional sources cited.. Scene 5.wps

Sophocles’ "Antigone"/ The Patriotism of Creon : A 3 page essay discussing the characterization of Creon in Sophocles’ play. Special emphasis is placed on presenting a defense of Creon as a patriotic man who believes he has the Gods on his side. No additional sources cited. Creon2.wps

Sophocles’ "Antigone"/ Creon as a Dedicated Statesman and Altruistic Idealist : A 3 page paper based on Antigone, defending Creon's dedication to the State and his role as a divine leader under Zeus. The writer argues that the defense of his ideals destroyed everyone he loved and broke his spirit, but he remained true to the defense of his statesman role nearly to the end. It is shown that Homer's intent was to demonstrate the consequences of actions rather to condemn Creon for his convictions. No additional sources cited. Creon3.wps

Sophocles’ "Antigone" / Role Of The Chorus : A 5 page paper on the role of the Chorus in this ancient Greek play by Sophocles. The paper concludes that the Chorus represents the point of view of the average person in the audience. Bibliography lists 4 sources. Anchorus.wps

Sophocles’ "Antigone" / Heroism : A 5 page paper examining the question of whether there is a true hero in Sophocles’ play. The paper concludes that for the twentieth century reader both Creon and Antigone seem like victims. Bibliography lists 2 sources. Heroant.wps

Sophocles’ "Antigone"/ The Author’s Masterpiece : A 7 page paper on Sophocles’ infaous play. The writer includes biographical information on Sophocles. A general plot analysis is provided, with commentary and some quoted lines from the play. Antigone was written around 441 BC and presented at the Athenian annual drama competition where Sophocles was a frequent winner. Antig.wps

The Control of the Individual by the State : A 6 page essay that looks at four historic works as to how these texts relate to the issue of the state's control of the individual. The texts examined are Antigone, an autobiography of Fredrick Douglass, On Liberty by John Stuart Mill, and The Communist Manifesto. The writer draws parallel between these classic works. Includes quotations from these four sources. Statecon.wps

Sophocles' "Oedipus" / Divine and Demonic Powers : A 4 page paper on Sophocles' Oedipus. The writer shows the predominance of demonic forces over divine forces by the actions and resulting events within this play. Oedipus is essentially viewed as a classic illustration of the age-old conflict between good and evil. Demon.wps

Study in Tragedy / Sophocles' Oedipus the King : A 5 page essay on how "Oedipus the King" is a definitive example of tragedy. Elements of plot, the role of the Chorus, and the theme of guilt are discussed in great detail to help explain how the circumstances of this particular story are in line with the classic definition of 'tragedy.' Bibliography lists 5 sources. Oedipus2.wps

Sophocles’ Oedipus The King / Oedipus [Himself] As A Tragic Hero : A 5 page paper discussing Oedipus the King as a tragic hero, according to the definition set forth by Aristotle. Bibliography lists 2 sources. Troed.wps

King Oedipus / Change Analyzed : This 4 page research paper examines the changes which occur within King Oedipus of Thebes during the course of the Sophocles' play, Oedipus The King (or Oedipus Rex). Specifically discussed are his insecurity, his interpretation of nobility, and his growing paranoia which alienates him from nearly everyone who is close to him. Bibliography lists 1 source. Oedrex.wps

Oedipus / Blind But Not Blissful : A 7 page essay that argues that Oedipus did "see" after he was blind but he gained nothing but bitterness from his knowledge. Bibliography lists 4 sources. Oedi.wps

Oedipus & The Irony of Sight : A 5 page paper that provides an insightful overview into the use of sight and blindness in Sophocles’ "Oedipus the King" and relates this imagery to the irony of the play. Bibliography lists 4 sources. Oedieye.wps

Character of Oedipus in Sophocles’ "Oedipus The King" / The Struggle : In 5 pages the author discusses Oedipus in "Oedipus the King" by Sophocles. Oedipus is like an adopted child trying to meet his birth parents, although his is not the case. Oedipus fulfills his destiny and the prophecy comes true. Bibliography lists 4 sources. Oedstrug.wps

Sophocles’ "Oedipus The King" / Bound By Determinism Or Free Will? : 5 pages in length. Oedipus the King represents what happens when one tries to interrupt fate and abandon responsibility. Having grasped the meaning behind Oedipus the King, the writer easily argues that Oedipus was more than significantly overruled by determinism rather than free will. No additional sources cited. Detwill.wps

Oedipus as Tragic Hero : A 5 page paper looking at Sophocles’ play in terms of Aristotle’s definition of the classic tragic hero. The paper determines that Oedipus is a tragic hero because, although the cards are stacked against him through little fault of his own, he does his best against insurmountable odds. Bibliography lists two sources. Oedhero.wps

Oedipus / Example to the Fates : A 5 page essay which explores Oedipus The King as being an example to the citizens. The writer explore the complexity of this question. No additional sources cited. Fate.wps

Oresteia, Oedipus, Antigone, Medea, & Lysistrata – Battles of Male and Female : This 5 page essay discusses the premise that each of the characters examined in five different ancient Greek dramas and the fundamental conflict and resolution of significant gender and sexual issues. No additional sources cited. Malefem.wps

Oedipus Sex : 6 page essay which explores the sexual symbolism in Oedipus The King. The writer proves that Sophocles wrote about a subject that has influenced our literature, psychology and morals. Bibliography lists 6 sources. Oedsex.wps

Oedipus / Ignorance is Bliss : A 6 page essay which explores the theme ignorance is bliss in Oedipus The King. The writer proves that Oedipus would have been much happier had he not known his life was fated. No additional sources cited. Igbliss.wps

Heroes In Oedipus and Antigone : A 5 page paper discussing the two main characters of the plays by Sophocles. Each of these individuals held a position of power in one form or another and each used their power differently with a different result. Where Oedipus was strong and perhaps blind to many truths, Antigone was a fighter yet yielded to the pressure of the truths and eventually killed herself. Oedipus was strong and ignorant, where Antigone was passionate and destroyed by the recognition of the truth. No additional sources provided. Oedianti.wps

Are "Oedipus the King" and "Death of a Salesman" Definitive Tragedies? : A 3 page research paper which examines the similarities and differences between Sophocles’ play, Oedipus the King and Arthur Miller’s play, Death of a Salesman to determine whether or not each could be considered a definitive tragedy. Bibliography lists 3 sources. TGotkdos.wps

"Chinatown" & "Oedipus the King" : A 5 page paper which discusses Roman Polanski’s 1974 film, Chinatown, and Sophocles’ 429 B.C. (?) play, Oedipus the King. Specifically examined are the meaning of Chinatown, why the movie is called Chinatown, how it resembles evil, and the significance of Oedipus the King, and finally, comparing and contrasting the two works. Bibliography lists 2 sources. Chinaoed.wps

Sophocles’ Oedipus & Shakespeare’s Othello / Use of Irony : A 5 page research paper that compares the use of irony in Shakespeare's "Othello" and Sophocles' "Oedipus Rex." Both Othello and Oedipus, two of history's greatest tragedies, have irony as a key ingredient to their make-up. In each case, pride overcomes other human emotions and this quality, even more then jealousy in the case of Othello, can be argued as the tragic flaw that causes the downfall of each protagonist. Bibliography lists 2 sources. Oedoth.wps

Appearances and Reality in "Othello" and "Oedipus the King" : A 3 page paper which examines the protagonist’s ability to determine between appearances and reality as differently presented in William Shakespeare’s Othello and Sophocles’ Oedipus the King. Bibliography lists 2 sources. TGothotk.wps

The Evolution of Tragedy : A 5 page look at the changes the genre of dramatic tragedy has undergone between the days of the ancient Greeks and our own era. Examples are provided from Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, and Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. Bibliography lists 2 sources. Tragevo.wps

Oedipus & Hamlet : An 8 page paper which compares and contrasts King Oedipus in Sophocles’ Oedipus the King and Shakespeare’s prince, Hamlet. Bibliography lists 8 sources. Hamoed.wps

Themes of the Oedipus Trilogy : A short, 4 page overview of themes in The Oedipus Trilogy-- emphasizing in particular that the downfall of Oedipus represented the "spiritual bankruptcy" of the state. The role of the chorus, portrayal of women, and the influence of various characters are touched upon as well. No Bibliography. Oedtheme.wps

Sophocles’ "Oedipus" / Character Of Creon : A 3 page paper that considers the importance of the character of Creon in Sophocles' "Oedipus Tyrannus." This paper contends that it is the one-dimensional characterization of Creon and his messages that most significantly impact the outcome of the tragedy. The primary source is cited. Creon.rtf

Summation of Oedipus at Colonus by Sophocles : A 5 page summation and analysis of the second play in the Oedipus Trilogy which reveals Oedipus’ fate after being blinded and exiled at the end of Oedipus the King. The writer demonstrates how this play reveals the changes which have occurred in Oedipus’ character during his twenty years in exile. Bibliography lists 3 sources. Oedcol.wps

Use Of Irony In "Oedipus Rex" By Sophocles : A 5 page research paper and analysis that demonstrates how irony is an overriding characteristic of the play. The writer discusses several Freudian interpretations of the meaning behind the irony in the play and argues that Green (1993) has the most logical interpretation. Bibliography lists 5 sources. Useirony.wps

Oedipus Rex / Not Death, Penance : A 5 page essay positing that symbolism and irony used by Sophocles to "resolve" the mystery of birth for Oedipus is based on a moral principle--quest for atonement. Bibliography lists 1 source. Cnoedips.wps

Oedipus, The King vs. Henry IV : A 5 page paper comparing and contrasting the two plays which focuses on the relationship between fathers and sons and the forces of Good and Evil as instruments of either destruction or reward. No additional sources cited. Henoed.wps

The Tragic Flaws Of Hamlet And Oedipus : A 5 page paper on these two classic plays by Shakespeare and Sophocles. This paper analyzes both plays to determine what makes them tragedies, what their heroes have in common, how they are different, and the dynamics that make each play work. Shaksoph.wps

Othello vs. Oedipus / An Uncertain Vision : A 5 page paper discussing a common theme in literature -- our very human difficulty in distinguishing between what seems to be and what actually is. This theme is discussed in terms of Sophocles’ Oedipus the King and Shakespeare’s Othello. No additional sources cited. Othoed.wps

King Lear and Oedipus As Tragic Heroes : A 5 page paper discussing Lear and Oedipus as tragic heroes, as defined by Aristotle. Cites characteristics of each figure, discussing each man’s basic goodness and his sense of right and wrong and how each deals with violations of his own conscience. Bibliography lists 1 source. Learo.wps

Historical Challenge of Authority : In this 5 page paper, the writer compares Jesus Christ, Antigone, and Socrates - as individuals who each suffered fates for their challenging of authority in favor of Revolutionist ideals. Bibliography lists 3 sources. Crittrad.wps

Greed / Its Role in Three Works of Literature : This 5 page paper begins with Creon’s accusation in Antigone that money is the motive for most human evils. The paper discusses whether greed actually does plays a part in Antigone, and whether it features prominently in Voltaire’s Candide or Sartre’s No Exit. The paper concludes that financial gain turned out to account for relatively few of the human evils in any of the works discussed here, fear and intolerance being responsible for many more. No additional sources are listed. Greed.wps

Oresteia, The Odyssey, & The Aeneid / Public vs. Private Life : A 4 page paper examining the nature of public life versus private life in these three classical works. The write concludes that Homer and Virgil are more concerned with the community and state, and less with the individual; Aeschylus alone champions the individual’s separate existence. No additional sources cited. Publicp.wps

Good and Evil in The Bible, The Oresteia, & Crito : A 4 page essay examining the changing nature of the legislation of morality as seen in these three works. The paper points out that there is a humanistic progression from the Bible, which allowed the individual absolutely no self-determination at all in working out the details of his own moral stance; through the Oresteia, which suggested that an increasing reliance on self-determination would be worth trying; to the Crito, which advocates a complete reliance on one’s own conscience in determining the correct moral action to be taken in a particular set of circumstances. No sources. Goodcrit.wps

Sophocles’ Antigone vs. Homer’s Penelope : A 7 page paper that compares two main characters in Sophocles' Antigone and Homer's Odyssey: Antigone and Penelope. These two women share a number of common characteristics and make similar determinations in regards to morality and family duty. Though the outcomes are significantly different, the inherent qualities of these two women are considerable. Bibliography lists 7 sources. Antigody.wps

Comparison of Sophocles’ "Antigone" and Dylan Thomas "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night" : The author contrasts the characters in these works in terms of how they welcome death. 6 pages in length. While both authors see death as inevitable, the paper concludes that Antigone welcomes death because she has nothing left to live for; Thomas, on the other hand, argues that every scrap of life you can wring out is another moment to be lived. No additional sources listed. Antig.wps

Jocasta vs. Phaedra / Comparison of Two Tragic Characters : A 5 page comparison of character and suicide between Queen Jocasta (Oedipus the King) and Queen Phaedra (Hippolytus). The writer argues that in both instances, the Queen was a lovelorn woman; deeply frustrated and in the end, completely desperate. Jocasta's death, however, was more sudden and rash when compared with the suicide of Phaedra who had accumulated such tendencies throughout the progression of her story. No Bibliography. Jocastap.wps

Phaedra & Her Lack of Freewill : A 2 page discussion of the mythological character Phaedra and how Aphrodite's influence over her was so strong that she could not act freely or of her own will. Consequently, Phaedra's death is ultimately blamed upon the overwhelming power of this particular Greek god. No Bibliography. Phaedre.wps

Phaedra / Theseus Compared with Elizabeth II : A 4 page paper comparing the actions of Theseus, from the Greek play Phaedra, with Queen Elizabeth II, reigning monarch of England, through difficult family situations. The writer presents the notion that each of these monarchs had to react to their own troubles as they related to family, the monarchy, and their societies. No Bibliography. Theseus.wps

Aeschylus’ "Prometheus Bound" / The Heart vs. The Mind : A 4 page essay on the underlying struggle between heart and mind in Greek mythology. The writer makes comparisons between this theme's existence in "Prometheus Bound" and in the play "Hippolytus." It is noted that Prometheus and Phaedre are both prisoners and that it is their own human condition that causes them to suffer such emotional anguish and turmoil. Points are supported with quotes. Bibliography lists 2 additional sources. Prometh.wps

Aeschylus’ "Prometheus Bound" / A Godly Love vs. Human Love : In this 5 page essay, comparisons are made between the role of love in "Prometheus Bound" and "Hippolytus." The writer argues that just as Phaedra was made to suffer as the result of her own love, Prometheus was similarly made to struggle as the result of his love for mankind-- which motivated him to give us the gift of fire. Additional examples of love's predicament are provided from Prometheus Bound as well -- to further support this thesis (i.e., the case of Iago, etc;). Bibliography lists one additional source. Prometh5.wps

Aeschylus "Prometheus Bound" / Responsibility For Actions : A 5 page paper analyzing whether the title character in Aeschylus’ Prometheus Bound was in any way responsible for his predicament. The paper asserts that indeed he was, because he deliberately subverted the status quo and had to accept the consequences. No additional sources cited. Promhs.wps

Love in the Greek Classics : A 5 page analytical discussion of love & relationships in Greek classics such as "The Odyssey," "Antigone," and "Lysistrata." No Bibliography. Greklove.wps

The Origin & Development Of Roman Mythology : In 5 pages, the author discusses how Roman mythology began and its purpose. Roman mythology is much like Greek mythology. Bibliography lists 8 sources. Romanmy.wps

Human Sacrifice in Greek and Roman Mythology : A 12 page analytical paper exploring the theme of human sacrifice in mythology. Using the stories of Selene and Endymion, Aphrodite and Adonis, and Cybele and Attis, along with two stories about Demeter, the writer supports the notion that human sacrifice is used to demonstrate the power of the gods and compassion. Bibliography lists 8 sources. Humansac.wps

The Stars' Names & Greek Mythological Origin : 25 pages worth of extensively detailed discussion relevant to how the stars and constellations derived their name from Greek mythology/stories. Bibliography lists 11 sources. Greeksta.wps

Homer’s Epic Poetry As History : A 5 page essay about The Iliad and The Odyssey and the things they tell us about the history of ancient Greece, especially where it pertains to the morals, customs, and traditions of Homer’s time. Bibliography lists 4 sources. Homer Paper. Homep.wps

Homer’s "Odyssey" / Justice : A 6 page paper on Homer’s classic work. The paper demonstrates that the Homeric idea of justice is very different from our own; it suggests that whereas our sense of justice is founded upon morality, justice in Homer’s time centered around the maintenance of the status quo. Bibliography lists three sources besides book. Homer2.wps

Homer's "Odyssey" / The Maturing of Telemachus : A 6 page paper on the character development of Odysseus’ son Telemachus in the Odyssey. The writer argues that while Telemachus becomes more important throughout the course of the story, he is never quite the man that his father is. Several quotes from the Odyssey are used to support points. No additional sources cited. Telemac2.wps

Homer's "Odyssey" / Character Of Telemachus : A 2 page essay analyzing Telemachus' maturity level in Homer's "Odyssey." The writer points out how other characters still treat Telemachus like a child-- and rightfully so, for his own immaturity stops him from being able to do many things..like ask the suitors to leave. No other sources cited. Telemach.wps

Homer’s "Odyssey" / Telmachus & His Rites Of Passage Journey : A 5 page essay that highlights the adventure of Telmachus, the son of Odysseus. In a bold move to protect him mother from persistent suitors, he goes on a journey to find his father but at the time time, winds up finding his own self. Bibliography lists 2 sources. Ritepass.wps

Homer’s "Odyssey" / Hospitality : A 4 page paper on theme of hospitality in Homer’s epic. It contrasts the hospitality shown Telemachus by Melenaus and Odysseus by King Alkinoos and the swineherd Eumaios with the abominable behavior of the suitors. Oddy.wps

Homer’s "Odyssey" / Sacrifice : A 5 page paper analyzing the way this theme is treated in Homer’s epic. The paper concludes that Homer viewed sacrifice as a way to return everything to its status quo, and as such, it was a function of duty and justice. Bibliography lists one source besides primary book. Sacody.wps

Homer’s "The Odyssey" / Odysseus’ Refusal To Become Immortal : A 5 page essay on Homer’s The Odyssey, and particularly why Odysseus would refuse to become immortal. The thesis posits that Odysseus chose the experience of living life over the sterile existence of the gods. Bibliography lists 1 source. Immod.wps

Odysseus as a Justifiable Hero in Homer's "Odyssey" : A 6 page paper on the character of Odysseus, his heroic qualities, and how his actions represent the classic struggle for survival. The writer argues that Odysseus' actions were justifiable under the circumstances and with respect to the era during which his character was created by Homer. Bibliography lists 3 sources. Odyssey.wps

Odysseus' Pain & Suffering -- Traits of an "Epic Hero" : A 5 page essay on the importance of pain and suffering in helping to define Odysseus as a true "epic hero." The writer covers various instances of trouble and hardship endured by Odysseus throughout his journey and finds that what he went through represented but a part of the "human experience." Odyssey2.wps

Homer's "Odysey" / Concept Of An Afterlife : In 5 pages the author discusses Homer's conception of afterlife in Odyssey, comparing it to other views of the afterlife. Bibliography lists 2 additional sources. Homelife.wps

Book XXV / Odysseus’ Next Journey : A 4 page creative writing assignment based on Homer’s Odyssey. The poem is an extension of the Odyssey written in iambic pentameter, depicting the further journeys of Odysseus which Teiresias the Seer commanded him to make after his return to Ithaka. Odyextend.wps

Role of Women in The Odyssey : A 3 page look at the portrayal of women in Homer's "Odyssey." Mostly focused upon is Penelope -- who, although strong-willed in resisting the suitors was still ultimately powerless when it came to getting rid of all the men who daunted her. She is stereotypically depicted as a woman whose main answer to her troubles is to sit for a year and sew--waiting to see if her husband returns. Bibliography lists 1 supporting sources. Odysswin.wps

Trapped at Home / The Status of Women in the Odyssey and the Old Testament :
A 6 page paper comparing the treatment of women in Homeric times (as illustrated by the tribulations of Penelope in the Odyssey) with the many rules and prohibitions given to women under early Judaic law. The paper concludes that both systems effectively tie women to the house without giving them any authority over it. Bibliography lists 3 sources. Odyot.wps

Homer’s "The Odyssey" vs. Shakespeare’s "Julius Caesar" Analyzed : This 5 page research paper compares and contrasts Homer’s epic Greek poem, "The Odyssey," with William Shakespeare’s tragic play, "Julius Caesar." Bibliography lists 5 sources. Odyjul.wps

A Comparison of Odysseus & Achilles : In 5 pages the author compares the heroes in the "Odyssey" and the "Iliad." Homer's "Iliad" and his "Odyssey" are both epic Greek poems. The hero in Homer's "Odyssey" was Odysseus, and the hero in Homer's "Iliad" was Achilles. Both poems were written by Homer, and many similarities as well as differences are seen between the two heroes. Although similar, those men were not carbon copies of each other, for they did have different characters. They were heroes first and foremost. Odyach.wps

Homer’s "The Odyssey" / Odysseus’ Journey Home : A 5 page paper which examines Homer’s epic poem, "The Odyssey," and lays blame of Odysseus’ delayed return to his home in Ithaca on Odysseus himself because he became involved in other people’s wars, his pride often got him into trouble, he incurred the wrath of several gods, and lusted after goddesses. No additional sources cited. Odsy1.wps

Penelope & Scheherazade / Playing for Time : A 2 page look at the delaying strategies these heroines use in order to stall what otherwise seems like an inevitable fate. Homer’s Odyssey and the anonymous Arabic tale The Thousand and One Nights are referred to but not cited. No additional sources cited. Playtime.wps

Visions of the Underworld in the Odyssey, Gilgamesh, & The Inferno : A 2 page look at the differences in conception of the underworld between these three works. The paper notes that Dante’s is the only one of the three works in which the Underworld is clearly punitive; in the Odyssey, it was simply sad, and in Gilgamesh, empty. No additional sources cited. Undervis.wps

The Theme of the Quest in Homer & Dante : A 5 page exploration of this theme in Homer’s Odyssey and Dante’s Inferno. The paper asserts that the underlying precept behind both these stories is that the seeker in all of us has to wander forth from his or her home and expand his or her horizons in order to grow and mature. Bibliography lists 3 sources. Quest.wps

Book XXIV Of "The Iliad" : Honor is at stake and for honor men will die. This 5 page critical review of the classic story of the battle of Troy introduces the idea that there are three threads of interest in the Iliad. The first is the war between the Achaeans and Trojans. This is the setting and the motivation for action. The second is the code of Honor that prevails for both sides. The issues of courage, the sanctity of marriage and friendship and the honor given to those who live the code. The third is the subplot being lived out by the Gods and Goddesses. All of these elements serve to give the reader an understanding of the motives and behaviors that rule the souls of men. The paper examines the final chapter in relation to the development of these concepts. No additional sources cited. Xxiv.wps

Homer’s "Iliad" / Power of the Gods : A 5 page paper examining the degree of influence gods were considered to have over mortals in Homeric culture. The paper concludes that the Greeks believed that people really do not have much control over their own destinies at all, and thus transferred this control onto the gods. Bibliography lists one source. Godshom.wps

Homer’s Iliad vs Thucydides’ History Of The Peloponnesian War : 5 pages in length. Homer's Iliad and Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War both account for human suffering and misfortune by demonstrating how the war ravaged man’s very soul. Vivid depiction of death and maiming are strewn throughout both literary works to clearly demonstrate the passion each side felt about holding on to honor and material possession. The writer discusses how Homer and Thucydides’ versions of human torment mirror the reality many warriors experienced at the hands of their enemies. Bibliography lists 2 sources. Homethuc.wps

Homer’s "Iliad" / Glorification Of Violence : 8 pages in length. Homer’s Iliad is a classic example of how violence has been glorified – while not necessarily justifiably so – since the beginning of civilization. There is an inherent desire for men to thrust their outer manhood into their enemy’s faces in order to assert their inner strength. The writer discusses how Homer utilizes gender roles and divine/human relations to emphasize compassion for war victims, depicts modern society’s ambivalent role and documents the warrior/hero mentality as it justifies warfare and brutality. No additional sources cited. Iliadvio.wps

Symbolism in "The Iliad" Analyzed : A 7 page paper (+ 1 pg. Roman numeral outline) which discusses how Homer used symbolism to underscore the classical themes of heroism, romanticism and patriotism in his epic poem, "The Iliad." Bibliography lists 6 sources. Iliadsym.wps

Achilles & Aeneas / Two Very Different Heroes : A 5 page look at these two heroes of Homer’s Iliad and Vergil’s Aeneid, respectively, in terms of the cultures that created them. The paper asserts that these heroes are very different because their respective cultures valued different traits. Bibliography lists 2 sources. Achaen.wps

A Comparison of Heroes in Homer's "Iliad" : A 4 page comparison of the classic heroes Hektor and Achilles as presented by Homer in "The Iliad." It is proposed that while Achilles transcends the politics of his day and fights for his own cause, Hektor's tragedy is actually synonymous with the tragedy of Troy itself. No Bibliography. Iliadcom.wps

Homer’s "Iliad" / Role Of Gods & Godesses : A 6 page essay examining the various ways Homer made use of gods and goddesses; how they intervened in the lives of the mortals. Useofg.wps

Homer’s "Iliad" / Shield of Achilles : The significance of Achilles’ shield, as it appears in Homer's Iliad is discussed in this 5 page paper. Achilles.wps

Homer’s "Iliad" / Shield of Achilles # 2 : A 5 page paper which examines the representation of the shield of Achilles' in literature to determine its significance. Shieldach.wps

Homer’s "Iliad" / Achilles Armor : This 5 page research paper examines the importance of Achilles' armor in Homer's epic masterpiece, "The Iliad." The impact of the armor upon Hector, Patroclus, and Achilles (when he receives the new armor) is discussed. The paper also considers how each of the heroes act when wearing the armor, what happens to them while wearing it, their heroic attitudes which result, and how Achilles is similar or different from the other two warriors. Bibliography lists 2 sources. Acharmor.wps

Homer’s "Iliad" / The Greater Hero -- Achilles Or Hector? : 5 pages in length. Who was the greatest hero between Achilles and Hector in Homer’s The Iliad? When posing this question, one must also consider the various definitions of the word hero. A hero can be of the heart or of the mind, but most likely he is one of the body. A true hero possesses all three of these entities, yet this type of hero is rare, indeed. Neither Achilles nor Hector was a hero of this caliber, yet they both displayed significant heroism while in battle. The writer compares the two warriors to determine which one was the greater hero. No other sources used. Heromore.wps

Homer’s "Iliad" / Book XXIV : A 5 page paper discussing the last chapter of Homer’s The Iliad. This is the last book of this ancient literary work. This section of the story begins with Achilles still angry and distraught over the death of his friend and as the story ends we see Achilles having moved beyond his grief a bit and forging on with his life. A thorough examination of the banquet scene is also discussed. Iliadbk.wps

Heroism In the Iliad & The Song of Roland : A 5 page paper comparing and contrasting the characters of Achilles and Roland in these two classic epics of war. The paper observes that the differences in these two heroes has less to do with their authors’ attempts at characterization than with the difference in their society’s expectations of what a warrior -- and a human being -- should be. Bibliography lists 3 sources. Roliliad.wps

Homer’s "Iliad" vs. Egyptian Burial Rituals : A 3 page comparison addressing the importance of body preservation and burial rites in the form of dressings, tombs and stones as it applies to the text and events in The Iliad. The paper particularly discusses the burial rites surrounding the heroes Hektor and Sarpedon in this regard. Bibliography lists 1 source. Gilg3.wps

Homer's Odyssey & Virgil's "Aeneid" : A 4 page, comparative discussion of heroism in the "journeys" of Aeneas in "The Aeneid" and Odysseus in the "Odyssey." No bibliography. Aensod1.wps

Homer's Odyssey & Virgil's "Aeneid" # 2 : Similar to Aensod1.wps (some parts are identical), this 3 page essay emphasizes the marked difference between Odysseus and Aeneas; stressing the latter character's more human-like qualities. No bibliography. Aensod2.wps

Homer's Odyssey & Virgil's "Aeneid" # 3 : 4 page essay discussing the actions of Odysseus in "The Odyssey" and briefly mentioning those of Aeneas in "The Aeneid." Stressed is whether or not their behaviors were "necessary" and "acceptable" with regard to their respective situations. Aensod3.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

Gilgamesh and Candide as ‘Quest’ Novels : A 4 page paper discussing the genre of the quest novel in general, and how Gilgamesh and Voltaire’s Candide fit into it. The novel concludes that while it does feature a journey, Candide ultimately fails to pass the test of being a quest novel because Candide does not learn anything from his quest; he remains as stupid as ever. No additional sources cited. Novels.wps

Women as Depicted by Shakespeare vs. Homer : A thoughtful 3 page comparison between the characters of Desdemona (Shakespeare's "Othello") and Penelope (Homer's "Odyssey"). Both women are viewed as brave, determined, and loyal -- exemplifying the age-old concept of love in both stories -- No Bibliography. Othkim.wps

Desdemona (Othello) Vs. Penelope (The Odyssey) : A thoughtful 3 page essay comparing the character of Desdemona in Shakespeare's Othello with Penelope in Homer's Odyssey. Desdemona is regarded as being more of a simple person-- madly in love and fairly ignorant to the world around her. Penelope, however, was able to become a strong and triumphant woman..exhibiting more savvy and self-will. No Bibliography. Penelope.wps

Othello Compared With Antigone : 6 pages in length. A comparison between Shakespeare's "Othello" and Sophocles "Oedipus Trilogy" in which the writer interprets themes from both stories and finds reason to assert that Othello and Antigone were both very much alike in that they were essentially outsiders, -- alienated from a group. Both characters endured grave emotional drama and sought only truth & justice -- but to no avail. No Bibliography. Othlantg.wps

Ritualistic Tradition in Early Greek Theater : 8 pages in length. An interesting look at ceremonies, rituals, and traditions in early Greek theater. Religious practices, symbolic meanings, and more are described in great detail. The role of Dionysus is explained throughout and the setting, plot, structure, characters, Chorus, etc; of "Oedipus the King" are used together as examples of how this work by Sophocles was particularly representative of the era. An EXCELLENT reference for anyone studying early theater and/or drama. Bibliography lists 7 sources. Oedipus.wps

Abuse of Women in Greek Mythology : A 6 page paper that looks at the issue of abuse as it is presented in Greek mythology, and focuses on the issues related to the abuse of women in a number of myths. Bibliography lists 4 sources. Mythabu.wps

Four Views on Women in Greek Tragedy : A 5 page essay on how the characters of Clytemnestra, Jocasta, Antigone and Medea from ancient Greek plays demonstrate certain aspects of how ancient Greeks viewed the role of women in society and women in general. Bibliography lists 4 sources. 4Greekw.wps

Virgil's Aeneid vs. Homer's Odyssey : A 2 page essay comparing the journeys of Odysseus and Aeneas.. and also making some comparative mention of how women were portrayed in each of their two epic sagas. Bibliography lists 3 sources. Aenwom.wps

The Oresteia, the Odyssey, and the Bible / Comparisons and Contrasts : A 6 page paper divided into three parts. Part I looks at the presence of a patriarchal worldview versus an older matriarchal one in Aeschylus’ The Eumenides. Part II looks at the themes of blood and inherited sin in the story of Cain and Abel from the Bible. And Part III examines the differences between the concepts of justice in the Odyssey and the Oresteia. No sources except books. Oresod.wps

Sophocles & Euripides / Two Different Visions : A 4 page essay on the different styles of these two Greek classical playwrights. The paper supports Sophocles’ own claim that "[Euripides] paints men as they are; I paint men as they ought to be." Bibliography lists two sources. Eurip.wps

Lysistrata vs. Medea / A Comparison : A 5 page comparison between the two classic Greek plays : Lysistrata (by Aristophanes) and Medea (by Euripides). Although a number of inherent similarities are pointed out, the writer defines Lysistrata as a comedy and Medea as a tragedy. One of the key differences between the two central characters was that Lysistrata -- from the very beginning -- sought to end violence. Medea, in contrast, ultimately used violence in an attempt to prove her point. No Bibliography. Lysismed.wps

Lysistrata vs. Medea / Presentation Of Women : This 4 page research paper compares and contrasts the presentation of women’s’ natures and their role in Greek society in Medea (431 B.C.) by Euripides and Lysistrata (411 B.C.) by Aristophanes. Bibliography lists 2 sources. Medlys.rtf

Violence in Mythology vs. Violence in Modern Times : 7 pages in length. In this well-thought essay, the writer argues that the contemporary media is not to blame for our violent ways. Thousands of years ago, crowds jeered at public executions and fights to-the-death staged in large arenas and coliseums.. Using examples from myths such as Oedipus, The Odyssey, Aeneid, and more, it is shown that the violent imaginations of today are really no different than those of thousands of years ago. The only thing that has really changed is the media through which we express our myths. Bibliography lists 9 supporting sources. Mythmanv.wps

The Trojan Horse ? A Model For All Future Stories ? : A 6 page paper discussing the second chapter of the book The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam, by Barbara W. Tuchman. The author has gone beyond good reason in the amount of information she has put in the one chapter that deals with the Trojan Horse. Her thesis appears to be that this ancient story is a foundation for all stories to follow and that all of the aspects human nature can be found in the classic tale. Following the paper is an excerpt from the Encyclopedia Britannica that describes one specific character, Orestes, who was mentioned, but not described sufficiently in the chapter under examination. Trojanh.wps

Virgil’s "Aeneid" / Dido’s Wound : A 15 page essay that examines the possibility that Dido’s wound is more than her love for her lost Aeneas but rather a wound of not having children. Bibliography lists 5 sources. Lovedido.rtf

Virgil’s "Aeneid" & The Character Of Dido : A 5 page paper that reviews book four of Virgil's Aenead. This paper discusses Aeneas' duty, Dido's romantic passion, and the reason why this couple suffers such a tragic end. Also considered in this poem is the affect of Catullus' poem 64, and a comparison is made between the story of Ariadne and Theseus and Dido and Aeneas. Bibliography lists 3 sources Dido.wps

Virgil's "Aeneid" / Treatment Of Mortals By The Gods : A 5 page paper on this work by Virgil. The writer focuses on how the gods use mortals for their own designs and how mortals are essentially powerless against them. No additional sources cited. Virgil.wps

Virgil's "Aeneid" : 3 page essay on this classic work of Greek mythology. Discusses the central character Aeneas and the qualities that make him a hero. 2 sources listed in bibliography. Aeneas.wps

Virgil's "Aeneid" # 2 : A more-detailed, 4 page version of Aeneas.wps. Aeneas2.wdb

Virgil's "Aeneid" & Plato's "Republic": A 2 page essay on fact vs. fiction in Virgil's "Aeneid" and Plato's "Republic." No outside references listed. Aeneas2.wps

T.S. Eliot’s "The Waste Land" / Influence Of Virgil’s "Aeneid" : A 12 page paper comparing T.S. Eliot’s watershed work to Virgil’s epic poem. The paper looks at the many correspondences between Eliot’s narrative and Virgil’s, and concludes that they are approaching the same goal on two different paths. Bibliography lists twelve sources. Anwas.wps

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