The major assignment for this week is to compose a 900-word essay comparing The Odyssey with either The Song of Roland or Dante’s Inferno. In this paper you will write an in-depth analysis using your own ideas and excerpts from the epic poems in the form of quotes, paraphrase, or summary.
As you prepare to write this essay, make sure you understand what you are being asked to do.
Pick a Topic
The Song of Roland and The Odyssey, though separated by thousands of years, are both epic works whose protagonists are warriors engaged in violent conflict: Roland is a medieval Crusader and Odysseus is on a long journey home after conquering Troy. Additionally, both works:
Compare and contrast how one of these topics is developed in The Song of Roland and The Odyssey. Be sure to contextualize your examination in the cultural values, philosophies, literary movements, and ideas that typify each work. Use literary perspectives to enrich your analysis.
Develop a Tentative Thesis
As you consider different options for your thesis,
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