Humanities II: HU00002.1N

Tom Dale Keever

 

 

 

Write a four page paper discussing one of these topics.

Bring it to class on March 15, or email it to me by midnight that night.

 

1

Is “The Pilgrim” in Dante’s “Inferno” a “hero”?   What is his “quest”?  What sacrifices does he make to achieve the goal whose conquest would validate his “heroism”?  How does his “heroism” compare and contrast with that of more traditional “heroes”?

 

2.

Compare and contrast two “monsters” we have met in our readings, one from “Beowulf” and one from “The Inferno.”   How does their “monstrosity,” the way they are “monsters,” make them “evil” and tell us about their characters?

 

3.

In “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” the “hero” stands in as “everyman.”  What is “universal” about his experience?  How can he be considered as an “ideal,” and example whose experience is a model for the rest of us?

 

4.

Walter Mitty dreams repeatedly that he is somewhere else and being another person.  What do his “dream selves” have in common and how do they differ from the “real” Walter Mitty?  What do his choices of “alternative selves” tell us about the “real” Walter Mitty.

 

5.

I suggested that Lincoln’s “The Gettysberg Address” was an example of “Epideictic rhetoric,” defined as speech or writing that praises or blames.   Who or what does Lincoln praise?  Who does he blame?  What affects does he intend to have upon the listeners?  How does he go about producing these affects?

 

6.

Suggest another topic.  Share it with me in the next week or so.  I’ll let you know what I think.