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The Conflict between Men and Gods in The Odyssey, an Epic Poem by Homer (559 words, 2 pages)
This is a story about a man who was never at a loss. (Rouse, 3) The Odyssey is a story known by many, but what about the people who have not had the chance to read or hear about the gods. The gods are what keep this story interesting. Odysseus ... Read More
Analyzing the Dharmas in Ramajana, an Epic Poem (578 words, 2 pages)
Though it appears Book 7 supports the theme of dharma because Rama has a duty to his subjects, it actually undermines it because Rama has a separate dharma to his wife. Ramas dharma as a husband outweighs his dharma as a king and by not trusting Sitas purity, he is ... Read More
The Concept of Loyalty as Represented in Homer's Epic Poem Odyssey (1190 words, 4 pages)
In the Odyssey, written by Homer, translated by Allen Mandelbaum, loyalty is one of the main moral lessons taught throughout the book. In Greek society loyalty is very important because it helps to hold alliances together and in turn protect and help people in times of need. Loyalty is one ... Read More
Beliefs of Paganism and Modern Christianity in the Epic Poem Beowulf (1558 words, 3 pages)
Beowulf the Pagan by Michael Vaugh Beowulf is an epic poem that combines the contrasting beliefs of the traditional Paganism and the modern assessment of Christianity. The majority of the characters in Beowulf are Pagans. This religion is based in the belief of many gods (polytheism). The story Beowulf was ... Read More
An Analysis of an Epic Poem, Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri (1280 words, 2 pages)
Dantes Divine Comedy and Aeneid In Dantes Divine Comedy, Dante incorporates Virgils portrayal of Hades from The Aeneid into his poem, and similarities between the Inferno and Hades can be drawn, however Dante wasnt attempting to duplicate Virgils works. Although the hell depicted in Dantes Inferno is essentially based on ... Read More
Relationship between Humans and Gods in Epic of Gilgamesh, Epic Poem from Ancient Mesopotamia (304 words, 1 pages)
Gods and Humans Your appearance is no different from mine there is nothing strange in you features (Gilgamesh 538). In the Epic of Gilgamesh the relationship between humans and gods is not very complicated at all. In fact they are similar in appearance and behavior. They relay on each other ... Read More
The Deity of Krishna in the Epic Poem Bhagavad-Gita Arjuna (357 words, 1 pages)
Krishna is the eighth avatar of Vishnu and is thought my most Hindus to be the supreme god. In the epic poem Bhagavad-Gita Arjuna, a Hindu prince, is in a great battle against his cousins over the throne. He is accompanied on the battlefield with his charioteer Krishna. As he ... Read More
Comparison between the Adventures of Huckleberry Fin, Novel by Mark Twain and Odyssey, Ancient Greek Epic Poem by Homer (1742 words, 2 pages)
In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, Huck considers himself to be an ignorant fool, and an over all bad person that should be looked down upon. However, through out his story, without ever realizing it, Huck manages to live through many incredible advetures, and commit unselfish acts ... Read More
A Summary of the Story of Odysseus and the Cyclops in the Odyssey, an Epic Poem by Homer (280 words, 1 pages)
Odysseus and his men came to an island where Cyclopes, giants, and louts livedin caves. They saw a Cyclops that slept in a cave alone and took his flocks to graze. Odysseus took twelve of his best men and went ahead to the Cyclopes cave with a goatskin full of ... Read More
The Heroic Characteristics of Odysseus, the Protagonist of Homer's Epic Poem The Odyssey: High Birth, Human Weaknesses, Bravery, and Cleverness (747 words, 1 pages)
Odysseus the Hero For a character to be an epic hero, he must possess four characteristics. These four characteristics include the following (1) he must be high born, (2) the hero must have human weaknesses, (3) he must be brave,and 4) he must be clever. In The Odyssey, Homers character ... Read More
Telemachus as a Dynamic Character in Homer's Epic Poem The Odyssey (620 words, 2 pages)
A Dynamic Person In the epic The Odyssey by Homer, Telemachus plays a boy in desperate search of his father. He faces the fact that his mother must re-marry another man . This disturbs Telemachus since he feels none of the suitors are worthy of his mothers love. This re-marriage ... Read More
An Analysis of Beowulf, an Anglo-Saxon Epic Poem (690 words, 1 pages)
"Beowulf" is a link between two traditions, Pagan and the Christian. The virtues of courage in war and the acceptance of feuds between men and countries as a fact of life stem from the older Pagan tradition. On the other hand Christianitys moralities are based meekness and poverty. "Beowulf" brings ... Read More
An Analysis of John Milton's Epic Poem Paradise Lost as a Comedic Tragedy (1173 words, 2 pages)
Paradise Lost A Comedic Tragedy So oft they fell Into the same illusion, not as man Whom they triumphed once lapsed. Thus were they plagued (Milton, Book X, 570-72). Leaving the underworld, once again, defeated by the heavens. Although John Miltons epic poem, Paradise Lost, is considered to be a ... Read More
An Analysis of the Forms of Punishments in Inferno, the First Part of Dante Alighieri's Epic Poem The Divine Comedy (1052 words, 4 pages)
Cindy Kenney English 355 Burn in Hell The Comedy, later renamed The Divine Comedy was written by Dante Alighieri of Florence, Italy. In the early 14th century, while in exile, Dante wrote this epic poem which is broken down into three books. In each book Dante recounts his travels through ... Read More
A Comparison of the Epic Poem of The Song of Roland and the Romantic Literature of Ywain (2770 words, 4 pages)
The Song of Roland and Ywain A Changing Society as Viewed Through Its Literature When comparing the epic poem of The Song of Roland to the romantic literature of Ywain, the differences between the early medieval period and the high medieval period become evident. Both The Song of Roland and ... Read More
An Analysis of The Odyssey, an Epic Poem by Homer (672 words, 1 pages)
The Odyssey is an epic poem, which revolves around Odysseus and his journey home from the war at Troy. Throughout his travels he is met with many obstacles and adventures. There are times when he thinks he will never make it home. But through perseverance, faith, maturation and heroics, he ... Read More
The Qualities of a King: The Courage, Nobility, and Heroism of Beowulf in an Old English Epic Poem (622 words, 2 pages)
I feel that the story of Beowulf is one of courage, nobility, and heroism. Beowulf possesses each of these attributes both as a young prince and an elder king. To me, these qualities allow him to become an honored king, yet they also lead to his death. His actions are ... Read More
The Main Characters and Plot of The Song of Roland, an Epic Poem (393 words, 1 pages)
Main Characters Charlemagne- the Christian, Frank king who is notably an ally to the Pope and great Conqueror. He was also known as Charles the Great. Roland- The "hero" of The Song of Roland. Not much is known from him in a historical standpoint. Roland's tragic flaw is pride. Oliver- ... Read More
The Portrayal of the Protagonist as a Christ-Like Figure in Beowulf, an Old English Epic Poem (764 words, 1 pages)
In the story Beowulf, the main character, Beowulf, is portrayed as a Christ-like figure. The reader knows that Beowulf is Christ-like through his actions, his personality, and some symbolism. Beowulf experiences some of the same or similar things that Christ experienced too. With a close interpretation and a deep analysis ... Read More
The Family Bonds in the Odyssey, an Epic Poem by Homer (763 words, 1 pages)
Family A tough Bond to Break Many wise pholosophers say that only 7 stories exist in the world as we know it. The struggle of good versus evil, finding true love, and the rise and fall of important people have been written about since the discovery of pen and paper. ... Read More
A Summary of the Epic Poem "Gilgamesh" (1061 words, 2 pages)
Gilgamesh was the first surviving epic poem which was originally written on twelve clay tablets, in a set of symbols called cuneiform near or around 2000 BC. This heroic poem was named after the hero, King Gilgamesh. Gilgamesh was a tyrannical Babylonian king who ruled the city of Uruk. His ... Read More
A Summary of Grendel's Last Stand in Beowulf, an Epic Poem (623 words, 1 pages)
Grendels Last Stand It all ends tonight! This will be my last visit to the awful hall Heorot. I will kill Hrothgar and all his men, and this curse, this tiresome misadventure of unnecessary brutality will finally cease to continue. My heart is so broken, so tired, but not to ... Read More
The Portrayal of Evil and Good in Beowulf, an Epic Poem (896 words, 2 pages)
Although Grendel and Beowulf are used in Beowulf as symbolic opposition who represent good and evil, in reality, they contain similar ties leading the reader to question the storys black and white portrayal of good and evil. Its not a matter of being good or evil, in reality, it comes ... Read More
An Analysis of the Pagan World in the Epic Poem Beowulf (551 words, 2 pages)
The epic poem of Beowulf blends aspects of the pagan world - such as the belief in fate and the importance of being remembered - with aspect from the Christian world. The author writes about the values of the pagan world, while, at the same time, portraying Christian morality through ... Read More
An Analysis of the Character Values in the Epic Poem the Illiad (1978 words, 3 pages)
In the epic poem, The Iliad, Homer describes a social occasion in which characters values, the values of that characters culture and the themes those values develop can be derived. The funeral games, held by Achilles in honor of his late friend Patroclus, is a perfect example of such an ... Read More
An Analysis of the Character Aeneas in the Epic Poem "Aeneid" by Virgil (361 words, 1 pages)
Virgil portrays Aeneas as a Trojan hero, a warrior who will lead his people to safety, found a new Trojan state, and establish order in his and his countryman's lives. Aeneas is the embodiment of Roman virtues He is the dutiful servant of fate and of the gods, he is ... Read More
An Analysis of Odysseus, a Character in The Odyssey, an Epic Poem by Homer (1231 words, 2 pages)
Character Sketch of Odysseus Often in literature, the audience becomes familiar with the main character as this character grows and experiences the story. In the epic novel The Odyssey by Homer, the audience becomes familiar with the main character Odysseus in such a way that one can create a detailed ... Read More
Penelope as an Ideal Wife in The Odyssey, an Epic Poem by Homer (813 words, 1 pages)
Penelope in the Odyssey In Homers epic poem, The Odyssey, Penelope, the wife of Odysseus, is highly significant and represents the epitome of the Greek ideal, because she embodies the ideal wife. Penelope embodies the ideal wife, because she conforms to the ideals of her society. The ideals of her ... Read More
An Analysis of Aeneas, the Main Character in The Aeneid, an Epic Poem by Virgil (484 words, 1 pages)
A Leader for a New Generation In Websters dictionary, a leader is defined as a person that has commanding authority or influence over others. Such a leader can be found in The Aeneid, written by Virgil. The main character in the epic, Aeneas, shows the journey of a leader through ... Read More
A Look at the Anglo-Saxon Era in the Recorded Epic Poem Beowulf (703 words, 1 pages)
The earliest recorded epic poem, Beowulf, was anonymously written during the Anglo-Saxon era (approximately 700AD). The Anglo-Saxons admired epic heroes who upheld the ethics of their society through exemplary leadership, loyalty, strength and bravery. These epic heroes prevailed over insurmountable odds, and were glorified by the people who progressed because ... Read More
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