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A Comparison of Beowulf and Icelandic Sagas

- Beowulf and Icelandic Sagas                     There are many similarities between the hero of the poem Beowulf and the heroes of the two Icelandic sagas, The Saga of The Volsungs and The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki. The former saga is an Icelandic saga representing oral traditions dating back to the fourth and fifth centuries, when Attila the Hun was fighting on the northern fringes of the Roman Empire; the latter is an Icelandic saga representing 1000 years of oral traditions prior to the 1300’s when it was written....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Custom Written Essays: A Comparison of Hamlet's Gertrude and Ophelia

- A Comparison of Gertrude and Ophelia of Hamlet       Gertrude and Ophelia occupy the leading roles for females in the Shakespearean drama Hamlet. As women they share many things in common: attitudes from others, shallow or simple minds and outlooks, etc. This essay will delve into the various facets of what they hold in common.   John Dover Wilson explains in What Happens in Hamlet how the prince holds both of the women in disgust:   The exclamation “Frailty thy name is woman!” in the first soliloquy, we come to feel later, embraces Ophelia as well as Gertrude, while in the bedroom scene he as good as taxes his mother with destroying his capacity for affection, when he accuses her o...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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A Comparison of Creon of Antigone and Jason of Medea

- A Comparison of Creon of Antigone and Jason of Medea     Both of these two male characters are not title roles. They both fall prey to the actions of a woman, one whom they both originally thought they had complete control over. Antigone's martyrdom and conflict with the State brings Creon's destruction and Medea's double murder and infanticide brings his destruction. However, how much is this brought about through their own weakness and how much can we attribute this to a cruel fate. The issue is essentially whether a stronger person than Jason or Antigone could have avoided the destruction, and were they crushed by their own internal weakness ('hamartia')....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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A Comparison of Winthrop and Edwards to the Apostles of Christ

- A Comparison of Winthrop and Edwards to the Apostles of Christ         I find John Winthrop and Jonathan Edwards to be the most fascinating writers I have ever read. For one, they are the "apostles" of our time. Second, their comparisons to the apostles of Christ are too close to ignore.   There are three historical, Christian milestones. One being after the death of Christ where an evangelical movement of Christ's disciples, friends and brothers preached on how Jesus Christ was the Messiah and the Son of God....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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A Comparison of Love in Romeo and Juliet and The Tempest

- The Phenomenon of Love in Romeo and Juliet and The Tempest       We know from the very opening scene of Romeo and Juliet, Romeo and Juliet's love will end in tragedy. We may wonder why Miranda and Ferdinand in The Tempest do not end up with the same fate as Romeo and Juliet. Both couples are from opposing political families. Both couples are enraptured with their lovers. Why then does Romeo and Juliet end with their death's and the Tempest end with Miranda and Ferdinand's marriage plan....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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A Comparison of Amy of Beloved and RP of Cuckoo’s Nest

- Comparing Amy of Beloved and RP of One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest The gentlemen in “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest” were in search of mental freedom. Fear kept them prisoners of their own minds. Perhaps the main focus of the film was to illustrate the point that we are master’s of own freedom. However, it is difficult to change our pattern of thinking. Sometimes, in fact, we need someone to show us just how it is done. Ken Kesey's character Randall P. McMurphy was always accustomed to being a wild and free spirit....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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A Comparison of Illusion in The Cherry Orchard and A Doll's House

- Dangers of Illusion in The Cherry Orchard and A Doll's House     In the plays, The Cherry Orchard, by Anton Chekhov, A Doll's House, by Henrik Ibsen, and Galileo, by Bertolt Brecht, the protagonists' beliefs are a combination of reality and illusion that shape the plot of the respective stories.  The ability of the characters to reject or accept an illusion, along with the foolish pride that motivated their decision, leads to their personal downfall.         In The Cherry Orchard Gayev and Miss Ranevsky, along with the majority of their family, refuse to believe that their estate is close to bankruptcy.  Instead of accepting the reality of their problem, they continue to live their lives...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Financial Comparison Of Microsoft, Dell, And Apple

- Microsoft Computers Microsoft is currently the largest company in the computer industry. With a market capitalization of $291 billion, Microsoft has built an empire by dominating software sales for personal computers. Stock growth over the past 25 years has increased by more than 30,000%. However, Microsoft’s growth has substantially decreased since the market collapse of 2001(Niemond 25 April 2007). From June 2004 to June 2005, Microsoft saw a 33% growth in net income. However, from June 2005 to June 2006, growth decreased to 2%....   [tags: Computer Industry Comparison Market Analysis]

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Catholicism and Comparison of Beli

- Catholicism and Comparison of Beliefs The Catholic Church is the world’s largest single religious body, and comprises 23 "particular churches," or Rites, all of which acknowledge a primacy of jurisdiction of the Bishop of Rome and are in full communion with the Holy See and each other. As the oldest continuously operating organization, the Catholic Church has a distinguished history. The Church has also been involved in many of the historical events and movements of the past 2,000 years....   [tags: Religion Religious Comparison Faith]

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A Comparison of Romantic Love in Shakespeare's Sonnets & As You Like It

- Shakespeare's Sonnets & Romantic Love in As You Like It       Shakespeare's comedy As You Like It is clearly a pastoral comedy with a country setting, a theme revolving around love and a story which consists of a series of accidental meetings between characters and a resolution involving transformations of characters and divine intervention.  The comedy involves the traditional literary device of moving urban characters into the country where they have to deal with life in a different manner.  Whereas the pastoral comedy was usually a vehicle for satire on corrupted urban values, in this play the satire appears to be directed at the convention of Petrarchan love.(Rosenblum, 86)   Rena...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Comparison of Newspapers

- Comparison of Newspapers Introduction ============ 'The Times' newspaper is universally accepted as Britain's national newspaper. I have been asked to investigate the concerns of the editor that the sales are lower in comparison with the tabloids. I am going to investigate the lengths of the words, how many words there are in a sentence and the reading age if those who read the newspapers. Hypothesis 1 ============ I hypothesise that the world length for the broadsheet newspapers will be higher than that of the tabloid newspapers....   [tags: Papers]

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A Comparison of Bless Me Ultima and The House on Mango Street

- Exploring Syncretism in Bless Me Ultima and The House on Mango Street         Syncretism is the fine line between Christianity and Native American Religions because it is the ambivalent, simultaneous attraction of choice and identification to the influences of two or more religious belief systems. Syncretism is most common among minority groups such as Hispanics. The definition applied to their unique position of culture is brought about by the Native American and Spanish ancestry. Ambivalence is shown even by the word Hispanic, which is an "umbrella" term....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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A Comparison Between Native Son and The Blacker

- Parallels Between Native Son and The Blacker          In African Literature these two names Wallace Thurman and Richard Wright have contributed some of the most famous fictional works depicting Black culture in America. Since the two authors come from the same time period they share the experience of what it is like to be apart of the black race in America and depict it in separate but common ways. Both writers created works in the first half of the twentieth century that will be marked as some of the century's most prolific novels....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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A Comparison of Satire in Voltaire's Candide and Gulliver's Travels

- A Comparison of the Satire of Candide and Gulliver's Travels An impartial observer has the ability to make the most critical and objective observation on society and the behavior of man. This impartial observer would see the truth as it is. This same premise may be applied to literary works. A naive character or narrator may be used as an impartial observer, who reveals social truths to the audience through his or her naivete. As Maurois has noted, in writing about Candide, by Voltaire," It was novel of apprenticeship, that is, the shaping of an adolescent's ideas by rude contact with the universe" (101)....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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A Comparison of King Lear and Coriolanus

- A Comparison Of Compassion and Identity in King Lear and Coriolanus   Shakespeare's Lear and Coriolanus have a great deal in common. Both are first seen as proud, stubborn rulers unwilling to compromise. This causes Lear to lose his kingdom to his scheming daughters, while Coriolanus is betrayed and exiled from Rome due to the influence of the tribunes. Cast out to face a friendless world, Lear learns to sympathize with his fellow men, who daily endure trials such as those he now faces. Coriolanus, in contrast, goes immediately to Aufidius upon being banished and prepares to return, this time to conquer his own home state....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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A Comparison of a Hobbsian World and the World of Candide

- The Disparity between a Hobbsian World and the World of Candide   In an anarchistic Hobbsian world, man leads a purely selfish existence, perpetually waging war against his fellow men.  In this world Nature subsists as a playing field for evolution: only the strong and cunning survives, and even survival results in life that is "nasty, brutish, and short" (Hobbes).  However, with restraints (that is, government), a Hobbsian world can blossom into society.  According to Hobbes, those who wish to subside from natural anarchy must implicitly surrender some personal freedom in exchange for societal order....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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A Comparison of On the Road and Crying of Lot 49

- In both Jack Kerouac’s, On the Road, and Thomas Pynchon’s Crying of Lot 49 the characters act in a deviant manner outside of social norms. This in turn leads to a deviant sub-cultural group which competes with the institutionalized authorities for power. Deviance in both novels is usually defined as a certain type of behaviour, such as an inebriated professor babbling on in a lecture hall filled with students or a group of teenagers frolicking naked in a city park on a hot and sunny afternoon. However, deviance can also encompass both ideas and attributes (Sagarin, 1975)....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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A Comparison of Freedom in Beloved and Secrets and Lies

- Finding Freedom in Beloved and Secrets and Lies      What is freedom?  Freedom is the ability for every individual to have complete control of his life, the ability to make his own decisions.  From the moment an individual wakes up in the morning to the moment he lays back down to sleep in the evening, thousands, if not millions, of choices have been made.  Some of these choices have had negative consequences, and some of these choices have had positive consequences, but regardless of the outcome, there remained the freedom of choice....   [tags: Movie Film comparison compare contrast]

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A Comparison of The Destructors and Lord of the Flies

- A Comparison of The Destructors and Lord of the Flies        In Graham Greene's "The Destructors," the author presents the Wormsley Common car-park gang, a group of adolescent delinquents who commit petty crimes for fun. William Golding, in his novel Lord of the Flies, presents a slightly younger group of boys who are wrecked on an uninhabited island and develop a primitive society that eventually collapses and gives way to despotic savagery. Although these two cases seem rather different, the boys in both situations show common characteristics....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Comparison of Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God and Walker's Color Purple

- A Comparison of Their Eyes Were Watching God and The Color Purple   Of Zora Neale Hurston's novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, Alice Walker says "it speaks to me as no novel, past or present, has ever done."  Though 45 years separate Their Eyes Were Watching God and The Color Purple, the two novels embody many similar concerns and methods. Hurston and Walker write of the experience of uneducated rural southern black women. They find a wisdom that can transform our communal relations and our spiritual lives....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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A Comparison of Christian Symbols in Song of Solomon, Sula, and Beloved

- Although religion does not exist as a central theme in Toni Morrison’s work, it does set premise for a richly intertwined web of symbolism. Morrison’s novels focus on the lives of characters acting in the present day or recent past. For African Americans, events of the past are a crucial facet of culture as they seek to remember their history, the most influential of these events reaching far back into the years of slavery. Historians argue that for incoming slaves, Christianity offered a religious ground for the displaced individual, a soil in which to replant the symbols of their native spirituality....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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A Comparison of Love in Secrets and Lies and Beloved

- Suffocating Love in Secrets and Lies and Beloved   Each person in today’s society has a different definition of love.  One’s idea of love is determined by his or her experiences, emotions, and influences.  This definition is pondered and revised an infinite number of times throughout one’s life.  The meaning changes as he or she experiences different relationships based on love: parent-child, priest-parishioner, teacher-student, pet-owner.  These relationships alter perspectives on the meaning of love.  Oftentimes, an experience causes a person to incorrectly, or unhealthily, define love;  however, my experiences have caused me to have a healthy and positive definition of love....   [tags: Movie Film comparison compare contrast]

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A Comparison of Hamlet and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

- A Comparison of Hamlet and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest A Comparison of the Character Hamlet, of Shakespeare's Hamlet, and McMurphy of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest It is suggested that in modern literature, the true element of tragedy is not captured because the protagonist is often of the same social status as the audience, and therefor, his downfall is not tragic. This opinion, I find, takes little consideration of the times in which we live. Indeed, most modern plays and literature are not about monarchs and the main character is often equal to the common person; this, however, does not mean the plot is any less miserable nor the outcome any less w...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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A Comparison of Orlando and Othello

- Orlando and Othello In her novel Orlando: A Biography, Virginia Woolf draws upon Shakespeare's Othello to both enhance the images within her novel through allusion and further Orlando's character development using juxtaposition. Spanning about 400 years, various historical eras, and gender ambiguity in the characters, Orlando is certainly not a traditional novel. Thus, it follows that its use of historical information and literature breaks from convention as well. This is true for Woolf's use of Shakespeare's Othello....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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A Comparison of Love in Beloved and Secrets and Lies

- The Absence of Love in Beloved and Secrets and Lies   Love is arguably the most powerful emotion possessed by mankind; it is the impalpable bond that allows individuals to connect and understand one another. Pure love is directly related to divinity.  Without love, happiness and prosperity become unreachable goals.  An individual that possesses all the desired superficial objects in the world stands alone without the presence of love. For centuries love has been marveled by all that dare encounter it.  Countless books and poems have been transcribed to explain the phenomenon of love, but love surpasses all intellectual explanations and discussions.   Love is not a definition, but rather...   [tags: Movie Film comparison compare contrast]

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A Comparison of My Last Duchess and Ulysses

- Comparing My Last Duchess and Ulysses   Both of the poems, ‘My Last Duchess’ by Robert Browning and ‘Ulysses’ by Alfred Lord Tennyson, are examples of dramatic monologues, in that they solely consist of the speech of the protagonist. As a result, they have few or, in the case of ‘My Last Duchess’, only one stanza. Many enjambed lines and many irregularities in the basic form of iambic pentameter also hide the rhyming couplets in this poem. ‘My Last Duchess’ is set in Renaissance Italy and is the Duke of Ferrara talking to a servant of his prospective father-in-law, about a painting of his former wife....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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A Comparison of the Character of Brutus in Julius Caesar and Hamlet in Hamlet

- The Characters of  Brutus and Hamlet in Hamlet and Julius Caesar           Written one year apart from the other, one cannot fail to recognize the parallels between William Shakespeare's tragedies Julius Caesar and Hamlet. To begin, they are both stories of assassinations gone horribly wrong. Although the details of the plays are different, the two assassins (Brutus and Hamlet) provide interesting comparison. Through these two killers, Shakespeare reveals the different levels of justice; one’s personal sense of justice; others’ perception of justice; the justice of the monarchy that supports Shakespeare’s craft....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Shakespeare's Hamlet Essay: Comparison of Gertrude and Ophelia

- Comparison of Gertrude and Ophelia within Hamlet      Shakespeare developed 126 female characters in his dramas. In his tragedy Hamlet there are Ophelia and Gertrude. This essay will explore the similarities or commonality of these two characters.   One obvious feature which both Ophelia and Gertrude have in common is that they are both recipients of Hamlet’s ill-will. T.S. Elliot in his essay, “Hamlet and His Problems” explains how Gertrude is the object of the protagonist’s disgust:   Hamlet is up against the difficulty that his disgust is occasioned by his mother, but that his mother is not an adequate equivalent for it; his disgust envelops and exceeds her....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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A Comparison of Heart of Darkness and The Secret Agent

- A Comparison of Heart of Darkness and The Secret Agent       This essay consists of two separate parts but the intention is that both these parts will prove to be relevant from the point of view of what this essay sets out to study. The first part will present Joseph Conrad's life and some of his works and the latter part will consist of a comparison of two of Conrad's works, Heart of Darkness and The Secret Agent. In this essay I will begin from two assumptions, namely, that both the works mentioned above include clearly identifiable similarities in their narration, theme and method, and, that Conrad's own experiences and views have had great effect on both works....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Shakespeare's Hamlet - Comparison of Gertrude and Ophelia

- Hamlet -- Comparison of Gertrude and Ophelia       Gertrude and Ophelia occupy the leading roles for females in the Shakespearean drama Hamlet. As women they share many things in common: attitudes from others, shallow or simple minds and outlooks, etc. This essay will delve into what they have in common. The protagonist’s negative attitude toward both women is an obvious starting point. John Dover Wilson explains in What Happens in Hamlet how the prince holds both of the women in disgust: The difficulty is not that, having once loved Ophelia, Hamlet ceases to do so....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Hamlet Essay: Comparison of Gertrude and Ophelia

- Hamlet – a Comparison of Gertrude and Ophelia       Even though at opposite ends of the courtly society in the halls of Elsinore, the characters of Gertrude and Ophelia in Shakespeare’s Hamlet have much in common. This essay intends to explore that commonality.   Howard Felperin in his essay “O’erdoing Termagant” illustrates one point of similarity between these two female characters – they are both recipients of Hamlet’s ill-will. Here he describes Hamlet’s verbal attack on Gertrude in the closet scene:   Even Gertrude vaguely perceives that Hamlet’s speech is inspired more by ancient texts than by any immediate situation: “Ay me, what act, / That roars so loud and thunders in the...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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A Comparison of the Role of Women in Homer’s Odyssey and Iliad

- The Role of Women in Odyssey and The Iliad The Iliad and Odyssey present different ideals of women, and the goddesses, who are presented as ideal women, differ between the two epics. The difference in roles is largely dependent on power, and relations to men, as well as sexual desirability and activity. The goddesses have a major role in both epics as Helpers of men. They have varied reasons for this.  One is a maternal instinct. This is displayed in the literal mother-son relationships of Aphrodite and Aeneas, Thetis and Achilles, and the protective instinct that Athene displays in Book 3 of the Iliad when Pandarus arrow shot an arrow at Menelaus and she "took her stand in front and ward...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Thematic Comparison of Lovelace’s To Lucasta and Donne’s Song

- Thematic Comparison of Lovelace’s To Lucasta and Donne’s Song   Modern perceptions of love as expressed in literature-- with gender equality and the abandonment of expected role-playing-- did not arbitrarily become pervasive, but are the product of centuries of incremental progression. The seventeenth century in particular provided a foundation for this progression, as poets for the very first time began to question the dictated structure and male domination of the Elizabethan era. Two poems of the seventeenth century, the cavalier "To Lucasta on Going to the Wars" by Richard Lovelace and the metaphysical "Song" by John Donne, each focusing on the pain inflicted by different aspects of lo...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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A Comparison of Leadership Abilities of Odysseus in Odyssey and Aeneas in Aeneid

- Comparing the Leadership Abilities of Odysseus in Odyssey and Aeneas in Aeneid      These two heroes have embarked from the same destination but on very different journeys. Whilst they are both Iliadic heroes at the start of their stories, they develop and adapt their manner towards the characteristics required of them to succeed. Before we judge them, it is necessary to determine our definition of a successful leader. A hero from the Iliad must be "a speaker of words and one who is accomplished in action", according to the horseman Phoinix (Iliad.9.413)....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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A Comparison of The Scarlet Letter and The House of the Seven Gables

- A Comparison of The Scarlet Letter and The House of the Seven Gables   Nathaniel Hawthorne, one of America's most renowned authors, demonstrates his extraordinary talents in two of his most famed novels, The Scarlet Letter and The House of the Seven Gables. To compare these two books seems bizarre, as their plots are distinctly different. Though the books are quite seemingly different, the central themes and Hawthorne's style are closely related (Carey, p. 62). American novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne is most famous for his books THE SCARLET LETTER and THE HOUSE OF THE SEVEN GABLES, which are closely related in theme, the use of symbolism, characterization, and style....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Comparison of Civil Disobedience

- Comparing the Civil Disobedience of Martin Luther King Jr., Henry David Thoreau, and Mohandas Gandhi      From the onset of man fighting for freedom or his beliefs, the question has always been whether one person can make a difference using words rather than wars. Philosophically, the concept of civil disobedience would appear to be an ineffective weapon against political injustice; history however has proven it to repeatedly be one of the most powerful weapons of the common man. Martin Luther King Jr....   [tags: Compare Contrast Comparison]

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A Comparison of the Heroes in Beowulf and Young Goodman Brown

-         Beowulf, a rousing Old English poem of man and monster, narrates the rise and fall of a superhuman hero named Beowulf. “Young Goodman Brown,” a short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne, also features a hero, Goodman Brown, a Puritan husband, who declines markedly in the story. Both are victimized by the same sin of pride which leads to a lessening of faith. In Beowulf, the main character, a Geat warrior named Beowulf, possesses extraordinary qualities: “He was the strongest of men alive in that day, mighty and noble.”  Upon spotting Beowulf approaching, the sea-guard of the Danes says, “Never have I seen a greater man on earth…”  King Hrothgar of the Danes says of Beowulf, “Seafarers who...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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A Comparison of Women in Beowulf, Widsith and Icelandic Sagas

- Women in Beowulf , Widsith and Icelandic Sagas                          Are women in these poems active equals of the men. Or are they passive victims of the men. The roles of the women in Beowulf, Widsith, The Saga of The Volsungs, and the Saga of King Hrolf Kraki are not always stereotyped ones of passive homemaker and childbearer and peaceweaver, but sometimes ones giving freedom of choice, range of activity, and opportunity for personal growth and development.   Let us first of all consider the roles of women in the classic epic poem Beowulf....   [tags: comparison compare contrast]

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A Comparison of Individual Responsibility in Oedipus Rex and A Doll's House

- Individual Responsibility in Oedipus Rex and A Doll's House   In Sophocles' Oedipus Rex and Ibsen's A Doll's House, the main characters - Nora and Oedipus, are both constructed to illustrate flaws in society.  Oedipus' psychological evolution sees him begin as an all-powerful, righteous king, who seemingly through no fault of his own murders his father and marries his mother.  His evolution ends with his self-blinding, an action which Sophocles' uses to establish the true freedom of the individual before divine authority.  In A Doll's House, the development of Nora Helmer leads her from believing that she is happily married to realizing that she is a mere possession for her husband's ente...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Newspaper Comparison

- Newspaper Comparison Today's society is in many respects dominated by the media. Newspapers, books, television, radio and the Internet not only play significant role in an average person's life but are also multi-billion pound industries that, through the public exposure they are subject to, carry great influence. One of the oldest media formats still in use is the newspaper. This old printed format carries great political power and boasts huge readerships, partly due to its cheap price, never exceeding a few pounds an issue, and its portability....   [tags: Papers]

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