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Essays On Dante, p. 8 of 18

Sir Gawain & Dante As Heroes
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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a classic medieval tale of the hero and his quest. Dante and his adventures in the underworld, as depicted in The Inferno, on the other hand, is more like the hesitant heroes Joseph Campbell describes as those who are reluctant to heed the call to adventure This 5 page paper argues that both Dante and Gawain are heroes; both meet the basic criteria of being a hero; however, they both fail to completely live up to the hero role and end their tale being unhappy with their quest and itís conclusion. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Dying for Love in Dante's "Inferno" and Shakespeare's "Othello"
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A five page paper looking at two female characters from these works by Dante Alighieri and William Shakespeare in terms of their submissiveness to the principle of love. The paper concludes that in Dante, Francesca's poignant defense of her adultery actually redeems her to modern readers; while Desdemona's total submissiveness -- which Shakespeare seems to have considered her greatest virtue -- seems to us her most damning quality. Bibliography lists five sources.
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Dante's 'Inferno' / Role of Women
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A 2 page paper looking at the fact that women's sins as depicted by Dante tend to be overwhelmingly of a sexual nature as compared to men's. The paper concludes that this may be because women in Dante's time were considered to have a limited sphere of influence, and their role was seen as primarily procreative. Bibliography lists 1 source.
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