The Odyssey and Dante’s Inferno

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.

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Select one of the following topics:

Although nearly two thousand years separate The Odyssey and Dante’s Inferno, both works are epic poems that:

Explore the relationship between humanity and the divine. Employ journey as a metaphor for maturation.
Reveal and teach cultural values about leadership.
Caution audiences about the appeal of temptation.
Contemplate the nature of immortality.

Compare and contrast how one of these topics is developed in The Odyssey and Dante’s Inferno.

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:
Explore the relationship between humanity and the divine.
Reveal and teach cultural values about leadership.
Contemplate the nature of immortality.
Examine the moral and practical implications of loyalty and betrayal.

Compare and contrast how one of these topics is developed in The Song of Roland and The Odyssey.

Proofread the rough draft to ensure:ACME WRITERS

The thesis is clear and focused, and the introduction includes all the necessary information.
The discussion of evidence includes quotes, paraphrases, or summaries and synthesizes this material and your ideas.
The conclusion is appropriate and reinforces the paper’s main ideas without repeating the introduction word for word.
The essay is formatted in APA style throughout. It uses appropriate grammar, spelling, and mechanics, and quoted material does not exceed 25% of the paper.

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