- Discuss the way the idea of heroism develops from Gilgamesh through The Iliad/The Odyssey, and The Aeneid. Focus your discussion of heroism in each text around both the connection between heroic action and divine will and the relationship between the hero and his people.
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- Compare the role of vengeance in Agamemnon, Medea, and Beowulf. In what ways does the avenger stand for justice? In what ways does the avenger pose a threat to the continuance of society? What does each text lead you to conclude about the viability of revenge in a civilized society?
- Compare the depiction of love in The Aeneid, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and the Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale. What place does love have in society in each text? What problems does it pose? How, if at all, are those problems resolved?