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Papers On Ancient, Classic, & Medieval Literature
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Gilgamesh and Genesis: A Religious Comparison
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A six page look at these two ancient stories in terms of their philosophy toward the continuity of life. The paper suggests that the Sumerians, in fact, felt that since death was the end of everything, humans’ responsibility is to live vigorously and well; the Hebrews, on the other hand, found their own “salvation” in community and tradition, which insured an ongoing and consistent expression of faith despite the deaths of individual members. Bibliography lists seven sources.
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Gilgamesh as an Epic Hero
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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.
Filename: Gilgame2.rtf

Heroism & Violence in Gilgamesh and the Odyssey
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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.
Filename: Odysseus.doc

Sacrifice in Medea
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This paper posits that in order to redeem herself of all the deaths she has caused in freeing Jason, Medea must make the ultimate sacrifice, her children, for two purposes: to save herself, and to save the country from the future reign of Jason. No references. JVmedea.rtf
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Chrisopher Marlowe’s Role in Elizabethan Drama
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An eight page paper looking at the English dramatist Christopher Marlowe in terms of the ways he influenced the development of Elizabethan drama. The paper concludes that Marlowe had a pivotal role in the development of both the Elizabethan blank verse drama and the “play of ideas” -- both specialties Shakespeare would make his own. Bibliography lists seven sources.
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