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1.2243 The Representation of Love and Sex in Dante Aligheri's Inferno.
This paper will examine how Dante depicts love and sex in his Inferno. Through an examination of two scenes in particular - dealing with adulterous heterosexual love and homosexual love respectively - it will be seen that Dante was certainly not a "holier-than-thou" moralist. Indeed, his treatment of love and sex reflects the perspective of a generous and sophisticated sensibility. However, it will be argued that Dante depicts such examples of love and sex as suffering punishment in Hell to illustrate the tension that exists between human and divine judgement. As will be seen, Dante never allows his own sympathy with the very human "sins" of these individuals to cloud his perception of an inexorable divine justice at work in the world. 4 pgs. 9 f/c. 2b.
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Filename: 2243 Love Sex Inferno.doc
2.2084 Born to Follow Virtue and Knowledge: An Examination of Dante's Encounter with Ulysses.
This paper will present an analysis of Dante's exchange with Ulysses in Canto XXVI of the Inferno. First, the paper will present a summation of Ulysses' character and story as Dante presents them and contrast the re-imagined figure of Ulysses in the Inferno with the classical Ulysses. Then, the paper will explain the allegorical importance of Dante's interaction with Ulysses and assess the significance of their meeting in the context of the Inferno as a whole. 5 pgs. 3 f/c. 0b.
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Filename: 2084 Dante's Encounter Ulysses.doc
3.4151 The Parson's Tale and The Canterbury Tales.
This paper examines the way in which The Parson's Tale changes the way we read The Canterbury Tales. In comparison to The Wife of Bath, The Pardoner's Tale, and The Monk's Tale this becomes quite obvious in the context of how the Church is portrayed. The Parson's Tale reminds us that Chaucer is not against the Church, as might be implied in his many tales, but only against the human corruption within it. 11 pgs. Bibliography lists 7 sources.
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Filename: 4151 Parson's Canterbury Tales.doc
4.4177 Deviant Physics in Mythological Spaces and Other Important Points in Canto IV of Dante's "Purgatorio".
This paper concerns the fourth chapter, or canto, of the second book in the Divina Commedia of Dante, the Purgatorio. It concerns the ascent of the main characters to the realm of the indolent, where reside the repentant souls of those who were too lazy to convert before their last days. God is making them wait before they are admitted to paradise, just like they made him wait for their conversion. The paper concerns the way in which Dante uses abnormal physical laws to make the mythological space of the Commedia just weird enough to be believed. Current findings in the anthropology of religion are cited to support the need for odd, un-earthly aspects of supernatural systems like those involved in the afterlife. 12 pgs. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Filename: 4177 Canto IV Dante.doc
5.4178 The Bodies in the Canterbury Tales.
In the middle ages, three virtues, the vital, natural, and animal, were believed to control the body. To realize the exact extent of Chaucer's achievement in the Prologue to the Canterbury Tales, we must look at the descriptions he used to describe the bodies of these tales. This paper will take a look at several of Chaucer's bodies and the way in which he unfolds their persona. 8 pgs. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Filename: 4178 Bodies Canterbury Tales.doc
6.9365 A Time Line Historical Character Comparison of Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
This essay will cover two poems: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Beowolf and compare the affects their characters had on the periods that they lived. Also, the historical themes that are differing between the two time-periods will illuminate the characters in the text that both of these poems reveal by their symbolic reference to the era that they strived in. By showing what lesson these poems teach and the history that they develop, we can see how they can be indicators, of this argument, that closely resembled each others times by the similarities of their lace in history. 6 pgs. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Filename: 9365 Beowulf Green Knight.doc
7.9377 An Analysis of Anti-Feminism in "The Wife of Bath's Tale" by Geoffrey Chaucer.
This paper will discus the anti-feminist properties than lie within the "The Wife of Bath's Tale" by Geoffrey Chaucer. The complexities of female life in the shame that the central character must endure for being married five times and being shamed for it will tell us the foundation for this harsh treatment of women. An understanding of the role of feminine life in mediavel times can be made by this interpretation of women and their roles in marital positions. 3 pgs. Bibliography lists 3 sources.