I need a research paper about epics and epic heroes.The primary goal will be to show how the characters exemplify some specific qualities of an epic hero or heroine.
The paper must be analytical; that is, it must analyze the nature of epic heroes by applying selected criteria from the epic stories-in order to show how your selected heroes measure up as epic heroes.
I need you to write about heroes in the following three selections: The Iliad, The Ramayana, and The Aeneid.
In addition- You are required to write about at least one hero in one of the following readings: Beowulf OR The Mahabharata
OR The Odyssey. ( YOUR CHOICE I DONT CARE WHICH ONE)Several paragraphs on each hero would be appropriate.
You will use some lines from the epics as well as paraphrases and summaries of actions and episodes to illustrate points you make. These specific details will show how the heroes or heroines you have included fit the criteria you have chosen. These parts will be cited with in-text citations as well, and quoted parts will be in quotation marks.
You must have an introducton that provides the general focus of the paper and orients the reader to the discussion that follows. An effective introduction establishes expectations that the body of the paper fulfills. You might begin by discussing epic and myth and move from there to the topic of the epic hero. Your thesis should name the heroes you have chosen and say something about criteria. Your strategy in the introduction will depend on your general approach to the topic. For example, if you are applying the same criteria to all of the heroes, you might be able to name your criteria in the introduction. If you are using different criteria for each hero, it would be unwieldy and confusing to try to include them in the introduction--in which case you could include a general thesis statement about variations in characteristics of epic heroes at different times and places.
The conclusion of the research paper can be a general summary of findings, some observations about those findings, or an offshoot of the findings--such as a brief discussion of whether the classical epic hero bears any resemblance to our modern concepts of heroes. There is an opportunity for some creative thinking in the conclusion, so don't be bound by my ideas.
You can be paraphrasing rather than quoting some of the material, but you still must use in-text citations for the paraphrases and in-text citations and quotation marks for quoted material.
Please use 3 of the following sources.
1. Epic." The Reader's Companion to World Literature. 2nd rev. ed. Ed. Calvin S. Brown, et al.
New York: Mentor/Penguin, 1984. 176-177.
2. Epic." Dictionary of World Literature. New rev. ed. Ed. Joseph T. Shipley. Totowa, N. J.: Littlefield, Adams, and Co., 1968. 187-188.
3. "Epic." A Handbook to Literature. 7th ed. Ed. William Harmon and C. Hugh Holman. Upper Saddle River, N. J.: Prentice Hall, 1996. 188-189.
4.Rosenberg, Donna. "What Is a Myth?" Folklore, Myths, and Legends: A World Perspective. Lincolnwood, ILL.: NTC
Publishing Group, 1997. xxiv-xxv.
5.Rosenberg Donna. "The Purpose of Myths." World Literature: An Anthology of the Great Myths and Epics. 2nd
Lincolnwood, Ill.: NTC Publishing Group, 1994. xvii-xviii.
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