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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

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"/ 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" / 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"/ 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

Sophocle’s "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

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

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

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

Sopocles’ 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 cause them to suffer such emotional anguish and turmoil. Points are supported with quotes. Bibliography lists 2 additional sources. Prometh.wps

Aeschlyus’ "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

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

Love In Classic Greek Mythology : 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

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

Women in Mythology : A 14 page paper that presents the complex roles of women in mythology and the three major categories in which most mythological women can be placed. This paper also demonstrates the way in which culture determines the roles of women, and utilizes a variety of mythologies, from the myths of medieval England to those of ancient Greece, to demonstrate the depiction of these roles. Bibliography lists 10 sources. Womenmyt.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

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

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

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' 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 "Odyssey" / 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

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

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

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 "The Odyssey" & 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

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 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

Sophocoles' "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" / 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

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

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

Oedipus, The King & 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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EASTERN MYTHOLOGY

Mehta & The Healing Powers Of The River Sutra In Indian Culture : A 4 page discussion of the Indian myth of the River Sutra. The writer examines this story as being similar in theme to popular American "old wives' tales." The healing powers of the river can easily be compared with those of chicken soup-- the capacity to cure is really only mental. The paper goes on to discuss the plight of individual characters along the River Sutra but it is ultimately concluded that the River does not have any healing powers over the seriously ill. No additional sources cited. Riversut.wps

Rig-Veda X vs. Genesis, Chapt. I : Approximately 4 pages in length. Compares the Indian creation myth "'Rig-Veda X, cxxix: 'In the Beginning'" with Genesis, Chaper I. Excellent for those studying mythology, religion, philosophy, Western Civ. etc; Bibliography contains 2 references. Creation.wps

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OTHER CULTURES & ISSUES

The Giant Loki in Norse Mythology : 8 pages in length. An analytical discussion of Loki -- a giant in Norse Mythology who became a member of the Aesir family when the chief God Odin made him his blood brother. Loki is regarded by the writer -- among other things -- as an instigator of conflicts, and a worthwhile provider. Bibliography lists 7 sources. Excellent argumentative perspectives provided. Lokigood.wps

African and Greek Mythology / The Creation Gods : An 8 page research paper exploring the different gods identified as being the creator or as the supreme god in African mythology as compared and contrasted to the Greek god Zeus. The genealogy of Zeus is described along with his powers and place in mythology. Each tribe or ethnic region in Africa had their own supreme god, each having a different stature and different degree of power over the universe. Some had powers over similar arenas as Zeus, others were quite different. Bibliography lists 4 sources. Afgrmyth.wps

Similarities and Contrasts Between Classical and Sumerian Mythology : A 10 page orientation to ancient mythology and a comparison of Sumarian and Classic Mythology. Bibliography lists nine sources. Ancimy.wps

Native Indian Mythology : 11 pages in length. A comprehensive overview of themes in Native Indian mythology. Examined are various mythological objects, the value of dreams, and more. It is emphasized that different tribes each had their own brand of myth -- Analyzed in specific detail are the myths of the Aztecs who, in their stories, formulated an entire structure for their universe. Their myths and the key characters featured in them are explicated. Bibliography lists 9 sources. Natindmy.wps

Comic Books / Modern Mythology or Escapism ? : This 6 page paper examines the comic book genre to determine if contemporary comic books are representative of modern mythology or are merely pure escapism. Bibliography included. Comicb.wps

The Problem of Myths : A 7 page, argumentative essay in which the writer attempts to prove that myths have no worthwhile value in contemporary society. It is asserted that myths are so factually incorrect that they serve only to distort history and to confuse contemporary readers. Using examples from various cultures and periods, emphasis is placed upon the fact that myths are greatly-exaggerated and can ever be taken at face value. Bibliography lists 4 sources. Mythhate.wps

Trickster Myths : In 6 pages, the writer discusses examples of Trickster myths from two different cultures and demonstrates their distinguishing factors, as well as what they each have in common. They are the closest to the arche, or the beginning of the world of human consciousness. This is a time of ambiguity and ambivalence, when chaos warred with order and differentiation, and when the gods were born. The Trickster figure embodies human ambivalence and ambiguity through his cunning, unpredictable behavior Bibliography lists 4 sources. Trickster.doc

Narrative Forms Of Myth : An 8 page paper discussing the narrative style of myths in different cultures. There are differing views among scholars and anthropologists concerning the structure of myths. The writer explores these disparities in great detail. Bibliography lists 4 sources. Dundes.rtf

Mythology & The Mythopoetic Mind : A 4 page paper discussing the existence of the mythopoetic mind as defined by Mircea Eliade. To Eliade, all mythology was created as a bridge from the human to the divine. Mythology, in his belief, was sacred history, and no matter what the culture, myths provided answers to the deep philosophical questions of who we are, why we are here, and what perspective, based on sociology and culture, defined existence Bibliography lists 3 sources. Mythpt.rtf

Superman vs. Achilles, Odysseus, & Others : In this excellently-prepared 7 page essay, the writer argues that motifs in modern stories such as Superman are actually derived from those of ancient mythology. Comparisons are made between Superman's weakness for Krypton and Achilles' heel... -or--the Norse god Balder,-- who was immune to everything except mistletoe. Moreover, just as Theseus had Ariadne, Superman had Lois Lane. Similarly, Aeneas can be compared to Clark Kent etc; No Bibliography. Mythsupe.wps

Forrest Gump / An American Mythological Hero : An 8 page paper exploring Forrest Gump the character in the popular movie of the same name as a popular American mythological hero. Various aspects of the Forrest Gump story are compared to the qualities of what we typically perceive as the qualities of a [mythological] hero. Bibliography list three sources in addition to the movie. Gump.wps

Mystery Cults and the Pre-Christian Notion of God : 8 pages in length. An insightful look at Mystery Cults-- groups that pre-date Christianity and yet who believed in the "mysteriousness" of God -- found later on in sections of The Bible (it is noted that God speaks extensively early on in Genesis and then less and less as "mysteriousness" becomes important). The history & origin (dating back to Ancient Greece) of Mystery Cults is examined as are various myths and the relevance of Judaism and even Oriental mysteries. It is essentially concluded that many primary tenets of the Christian religion actually pre-date Christianity. Bibliography lists 8 sources. Mystcult.wps

Joseph Campbell & The Mythic Image : A 5 page paper discussing "The Mythic Image" by Joseph Campbell. The author uses many types of art to illustrate many differences, but mostly similarities, in the ways of myth. He addresses issues of religion, enlightenment, and dreaming among others. His work is highly detailed and intriguing. Mythima.wps

Joseph Campbell & Michael J. Harner / Ritual Compared : A 5 page paper comparing and contrasting the ideas of these two theorists about the function and importance of ritual. Joseph Campbell was a well-known writer in the areas of mythology and ritual, and frequently drew analogies between established religious practices and long-forerunning mythological beliefs. He maintained that ritual was an important part of any religious practice as a way of setting the practice apart from daily routine, working to keep it within the realm of something outside, yet part of, the individual. Michael Harner teaches shamanism to Westerners for incorporation into holistic healing practices. Bibliography lists 3 sources. Ritual.wps

The Myth of the New Jersey Devil : A short, 2 page look at an old tale dating back to the 18th century which maintains that a devilish, crazed murderer lurks in the rural sections of NJ's pine barren region-- waiting for his prey. In brief, this essay examines explanations for the story-- arguing that the entire concept of such a murderous creature existing is completely illogical. No Bibliography. Njdevil.wps



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