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October 03, 2008

Instruction and Proposals for ENG 225 Critical/Analytical Essays


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FROM: 17 September 2008

ENG 225 Students,

Please find below the text that would normally be found in the "information" tab of this assignment on turnitin.com. The text is too long so I am reprinting it here:

Submitting your first draft to turnitin.com is NOT a suggestion. It is a REQUIREMENT of this and all papers for this course. I will consider in a necessary component of the paper. If it is not turned in to turnitin.com, by the deadline, I will consider your final draft incomplete (missing a required component) and your score will result in a zero. Do NOT take this lightly. Have your first draft completed and submitted to the correct folder on turnitin.com by class time on the day of the in-classs peer-review. ALSO, print a hardcopy of your first draft and bring it (stapled) to class with you on the day of the peer review session (see syllabus). After the peer-review session, you will be expected to correct and revise your paper according to whatever issues were found by you and your peer-review partner that day. Your cleaned up, printed hardcopy of the FINAL draft will be brought with you on the class meeting following the peer-review and submitted to me (at the beginning of class) for a score. It should be stapled to the top of your peer-reviewed first draft. If you missed class on the peer-review day, you will be responsible for finding someone to peer-review your paper for you (see the forms I will email you) There will be three such papers for this course. EACH OF THEM will follow the same pattern of first draft, final draft, so get familiarized with it. Note that, per the terms of the syllabus, each critical/analytical paper is worth 20 points of your possible 100 total points for the course. Keep in mind that doing poorly on even one of the papers can make or break an entire letter grade. Please take it seriously--I will!

See you in class,

Dr. Hobbs


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FROM: 5 September 2008

ENG 225 Students,

Per the instructions you received in class in today's meeting, please write a one-paragraph proposal of what you intend to write about for your first critical/analytical essay for this module (Beginnings to 100 C. E.) and post in on the English blog in the comment box below AND on Turnitin.com in the folder "Proposals for Critical-Analytical Essay 1." I suggest you create your proposal as a MS-Word document first (and save it). As usual, all posts will remain hidden until I release them on the next class meeting.

A hardcopy of your essay's first draft will be due in-class on Monday, September 22 for the peer review .

In the future, if you ever become confused about an assignment, please first utilize the 'buddy system' we set up in class on the first and second days of class meetings for any misunderstandings such as this one. Otherwise, the ultimate way to clear up a misunderstanding is to come by my office during my office hours.

In the comment box below, please cut and paste (from a word document that I expect you to have carefully crafted) your proposal for the narrative essay. Please watch your spelling. Please include your name in the following way (first name, last initial) so that I can identify you. Please sign your proposal with your name (see above), your class number and section number, and the date.

*As with most assignments for this course, items posted on the English-Blog, unless otherwise noted, must also be posted in the proper folder on turnitin.com in order to get credit.*

Thanks!

Dr. Hobbs

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Paola S
ENG 225
CA01

PROPOSAL

Dr. Hobbs I intend to write a synthesis essay on Oedipus Rex. In this essay I will present the most important ideas from the scholarly articles. My thesis consists in exploring the psychoanalysis theory and Freudian perspective on Oedipus Rex. My thesis will be supported by three peer-reviewed scholarly articles; which are the following: Oedipus and the Oedipal, Origins and Evolution of the Oedipus complex as Conceptualized by Freud, and Freud, The Oedipus Complex, and Greece or the Silence of Athena.

Posted by: Paola S at September 6, 2008 07:03 PM

The topic of my paper will be a synthesis of three scholarly articles on the Iliad. Each has to do with either war, or the effect of the poem on the audience. One addresses the lessons of war from the Iliad, and how each generation’s interpretation of the Iliad changes, and the lessons taken away are applied differently as time goes by and attitudes change. The second deals with Homer’s ability to describe war, and the realism (or lack of) put into the battle narrative portions of the Iliad. The last one discusses the intended audience of the Iliad, and what perspectives are brought into play during the penning of this poem. The main focus of my paper will be on the wording of the Iliad and its effect on the reader.

Posted by: JustinW at September 7, 2008 03:38 PM

In times of wrong doing and hurt there always seems to some type of hero in everyone. There were hero’s displayed in three of the Jataka Readings and the also, displayed in the story of the Genesis “The Flood”. The two Jataka readings that I will use are The Hare’s Self-Sacrifice and The Monkey’s Heroic Self-Sacrifice by H.T Francis and E. J. Thomas. Noah was perceived as the great hero in “The Flood” as Brahmadatta was portrayed in both of Jataka readings. These characters showed true leadership and sacrifice throughout the stories. I am going to try to persuade the point that both main characters in these readings were strong hero’s that help not just better themselves but the people around them. I will discuss how Noah took action by making a boat and saving many humans and animals. Also, I will discuss how Brahmadatta in the Jataka readings is a very strong character in all three stories and how he shows great bravery and strength.

Posted by: Nichole T. at September 7, 2008 04:25 PM

Eng 225 - CAO1

For my upcoming first term essay, I will use option 3 in writing a synthesis paper about the interpretation and understanding of the book of genesis. In researching and bringing together my idea, i will use three peer-reviewed journal articles supplemented from the Literature Resource Center GALE. The following articles will be used:

The Beginning of Wisdom: Reading Genesis
"Adapting Genesis" (The Emigrant, La Genese)
Changing senses in Genesis B

Posted by: Joseph S. at September 7, 2008 10:27 PM

Kamille Garness 08/09/08

In both plays, “Lysistrata,” by Aristophanes and “Medea,” written by Euripides, we observe women contradicting the cultural norm of submissiveness, in order to put an end to the injustices that they faced in a time when gender inequality was in existence. In both plays, the women used this cultural expectation of submission, as a technique to deceive and manipulate men, so that the women could achieve power and success. Despite these similarities that exist in both plays, there are also striking differences present as well, in relation to the situation at hand, the approach used to solve the problem, and the outcomes of these solutions in each play. Medea, for instance, employs killing as a means of revenge against her husband, who had rejected her for another woman, but this leads to the gruesome death of Medea’s two sons. In the play written by Euripides however, Lysistrata uses the plan of sexual abstinence to put an end to the war between the Athenian and Spartan men, and this results in the commendable peace between the Spartans and the Athenians.

Kamille G
Eng.225 Sec.1
08/09/08

Posted by: Kamille G at September 7, 2008 11:31 PM

Kaitlin M.
ENG225
September 8, 2008
Essay Proposal #1

In my essay I would like to compare and contrast the importance of reputation in Plato’s The Apology and in The Epic of Gilgamesh. Plato portrayed Socrates as a very plain man. Neither money nor material things were important to him. However, Socrates wanted respect for his wisdom. He did not go showboating around his knowledge. Whereas Gilgamesh flaunted everything he had. Fame and glory were his priorities and he was going to tell the whole world when he did accomplished something. Although Gilgamesh and Socrates both sought after a good reputation, the way in which they acquired their reputations differed.

Posted by: Kaitlin M. at September 8, 2008 12:51 AM

I am going to write my essay following option two for my literature piece, From Poetics by Aristotle. I am going to clarify why in the play Medea the plot is considered to be “from the machine” and is not written as it says to write it in, From Poetics. Option two doesn’t say that a second piece is required but my piece of literature doesn’t have a story in it so I want to bring one in. The pot in Medea is considered wrong by the standards of Aristotle as written in From Poetics so I am going to analyze it and tell why is it wrong and give an example of what could have been written to make it correct.

Quinten Jones
ENG 225 CA01
MWF 12:30-1:20
September 8, 2008

Posted by: Quinten J at September 8, 2008 08:03 AM

Briana Brown
September 8, 2008
Lit 225
Prof Hobbs

The epic poem I chose to write my paper on is “The Iliad” by Homer. In this story, the Greeks come together to fight for their honor and for their culture. The stories are told from story tellers changing and making them more powerful. These stories are dated back to the 8th or 9th century BC. They are based off Trojan Wars. Towards the end it is basically about the death of the Trojan captain Hektor. In this paper I will be talking about the wars of the Trojan and how they defended their honor.

Posted by: briana brown at September 8, 2008 08:54 AM

As a proposal for my first paper critical/analytical paper, I choose to write about Ovid’s Metamorphoses. The approach which I decided to use for my paper is option 3. The sources I plan on using for this essay would be the original text, and other scholarly sources as well as some peer-reviewed articles which will go along with the concept of the book. Each book contains a different aspect of a bigger story and varies between each of the books. Since each of the books share a similar general idea, synthesis of the ideas or concepts of each book would be a topic of interest.
S.Tavares
225 Eng 12:30-1:20

Posted by: S.Tavares at September 8, 2008 09:12 AM

D.J. Garry

Dr. Hobbs

English 225 CA. 01

8 September 2008

Proposal

Option three will be the most suitable paper topic for my reading. I chose Metamorphosis by Apuleius. I would like to use the three scholarly sources and then examine the growth of the main character, Lucius. I would like to use the information learned from the scholarly sources and integrate them with my own ideas on how Lucius develops physically and mentally throughout the course of the story. I have already found a few useful sources in the library and I think that there are a lot more out there that I could benefit from. Metamorphosis is a very well known ancient text that I will be able to learn a lot from.

Posted by: David G. at September 8, 2008 10:31 AM

I will be writting my critical anylitical paper on one or a maximum of 3 of the antient egyptian love poems. I am currently still undesided on which poem or poems I will write about yet, but I will most likely make it a compare and contrast essay showing the similarities and differences if I choose to write on multiple poems or try to elaborate on try to elaborate on one poem and a piece of art work to go along with it if possible.

Posted by: Myles Godet at September 8, 2008 11:38 AM

I will be comparing and contrasting two stories from The King James Version of the Holy Bible, between the books of Jobs and Jonah. I am believe that Jobs 8 and Psalms 38 are going to be good to compare and contrast. For both deal with repenting and whether one feels genuine regret when deciding whether or not to do so.

John A.
English 225 01
09/08/08

Posted by: John Anderson at September 8, 2008 12:26 PM

Alex Slavin

Mr. Hobbs

English 225

September 8-08

For the research-informed critical response paper, I have chosen to select option three and I will be writing on the Ancient Egyptian Poetry. The poems in this section that I will interpret are, God is a master craftsman, the mind of god is perfect knowing, and why, just now, must you question your heart? Not only will I explain my thoughts and feelings of these poems, but I will use scholarly articles to compare and contrast each of them.

Posted by: Alex Slavin at September 8, 2008 01:34 PM

My persuasive essay will attempt to persuade that the novel Satyricon by Petroneus was more than just the story of a former gladiator, but was rather a great example of daily life among the average people of Rome. Although it was a novel, which is fake it showed the ideas and values and spirit of the common people during Imperial Rome.

Posted by: J Till at September 8, 2008 03:44 PM

In my paper I will compare two women; Medea and Lysistrata, I will compare how they are alike and different. I will also compare their relationships with their husbands and how both aspire to get back at their husbands weather it is for the good or for the bad.

Posted by: John Daniel at September 8, 2008 09:39 PM

My outside text is The Odyssey Books 1-12. I decided to use option 1 for my paper. I feel that I would be able to come up with a good paper describing the similarities and the differences between the journeys that take place in The Odyssey and Medea. Since they have similar characteristics i feel like this is a feasible topic.

Matt M.
Eng 225 01
9/8/08

Posted by: Matt M. at September 8, 2008 10:34 PM

Anna R
9-7-08
Engl 225
Dr. Hobbs

Proposal Assignment

For the first Critical-Analytical Essay I chose to write about Plato’s “Apology to Socrates”. I will write, as option three states, a synthesis paper in which I will compare and contrast three credible and scholarly sources to Plato. In this, I will write about the words Socrates chooses to “apologize” and how other people take this apology, if he make friends or enemies with this and what he really tries to say versus how other’s take it.

Posted by: Anna R. at September 9, 2008 07:59 AM

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*NOTE* The deadline for this particular assignment has now passed. Any comments listed below are *ONLY* for the reposting of comments that I specifically asked to be revised or are ones from non-student posters. Any 'student' posts below that missed the assignment deadline will not get credit for the assignment. ~ Dr. Hobbs

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FROM: 26 September 2008

ENG 225 Students:

HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT

This is an out-of-class activity. Visit the school library and find your first scholarly source for the upcoming critical/analytical paper #2. Then, in a new word document,

(1) write the correct MLA citation for your source--consult your old books from ENG 122 or use the MLA styleguide on reserve in the library.
(2) Next, write a one paragraph summary of your source underneath. Your paragraph should include a restatement (paraphrase) of the author's thesis statement (this will work better if you are using a scholarly article), and the author's main points. Hint--to find the author's supporting evidence for his or her thesis, pay close attention to the topic sentences of each paragraph.
(3) Finally, your paragraph should end with a statement of YOUR OWN declaring why (or, why not) this source will be useful for hte development of YOUR OWN thesis in your upcoming paper. In other words, how, specifically, does this source help you?
(4) copy and paste the annotated citation on our class proposals page here:
">http://www.english-blog.com/archives/2008/09/eng_225_proposals_for_criticalanalytical_essay_1_on_module_1.php

You will notice that what you are creating here is the beginning of an annotated bibliography, something that I will expect to see in the next paper. Get used to doing this for any and all sources you will use. Record it in your journal each time so you won't "forget" and can easily type it up in your works cited page near the end of the module.

Good hunting,

Dr. Hobbs

Posted by: Dr. Hobbs at September 9, 2008 09:02 PM

Myron Kirchner
Eng-225
M-W-F 12:30-1:20

My paper will be on the legendary story “ The Aeneid ”. I will write about Aeneas’s long journey to Italy, And his struggles on the way there. The Aeneid is almost like a sequel to the Illiad because begins right after the Greeks sack the city of Troy. I will explain the theme of the story, and why love promotes war for the second time. I will also compare and contrast the Aeneid with the Illiad, and explain why Achilles and Aeneas are so different from one another.

Posted by: Myron Kirchner at September 10, 2008 01:00 AM

Walter Perkins
September 9, 2008
Engl 225
Mr. Hobbs

Proposal

For the Critical-Analytical essay I decided to write about Sophocles’s “Oedipus Rex”. I decided to do option three for this essay, which is a synthesis paper and I will compare and contrast the three scholarly sources. I will write about the themes fate and free will and how they relate to the works as well as the three scholarly sources. I will write about how the themes had an impact on the character and the story “Oedipus Rex”.

Posted by: Walter P at September 10, 2008 08:52 AM

Pruyser, Paul W. "Psychological Examination: Augustine." Journal for the Scientific

Study of Religon 5 (1966): 284-89.

The authors thesis is the examination of Augustine and the real person he truly was in society and through the eyes of others. This article goes into detail of all the various things Augustine did for people and his church. It gives exmaples of where he was a leader and and how people looked up to him for guidance. It states the hardships he went through to get to where he is today. The author points out that Augustine was very opinionated and like to be heard and takiung serious. The author states that he is very musical and loves theater. This example from the text helps us better understand Augustine and what types of things we liked to do. This information could possibly help explain why Augustine was the way he was.
I plan on using this article In the next upcoming syntheis paper because it really helps explain who Augustine really was and what personality traits could of lead him to take over all the corruption within the church and turn it into something postive. There is something that intrests me about why he thought he was the one to rebuild the church.

Posted by: Nichole T. at September 28, 2008 05:36 PM

Cervo, Nathan A. "Dante's Divine Comedy."
The Explicator. Vol. 63, Iss. 1; pg. 2, 2 pgs
Accessed on: 9/28/08 ezproxy.saintleo.edu/pqdwebindex=201&did=715
225071&SrchMode=1&sid=3&Fmt=3&VInst=PROD&VTy
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I chose option 2: a research-informed persuasive/argumentative essay. The scholarly source I will be using is "Dante's Divine Comedy", in which I will clarify Dante's vision of God, spirituality and sin. The objective of this article is to present Dante's vision of God. The article includes Dante's first vision of God, Dante's opinion of God, and an explanation to Dante's metaphor of light and God.

Posted by: Paola S at September 28, 2008 11:16 PM

Myles Godet
Dr. Lee Hobbs
English 225
September 28, 2008

The topic for my second paper is “From the Koran (only the readings in Vol. B) + the introduction from the editors”. The first scholarly source that I have identified as one which I will be using in my second paper is thepeopleofthebook.org. I feel as though the purpose of this site is to inform individuals on Muslim beliefs and teachings. This is because it highlights the main points Muslim teachings in brief detailed summaries. The second is a scholarly journal by Katajun Amirpur who discusses why he feels as though the approach the Koran has changed since the revolution of 1979. To support his argument he discusses the thoughts and beliefs of Muslim theologians. I feel as though both of these sources can help me in my paper because one gives the main details about the Islamic faith while the other talks about how it has changed throughout the years.

Annotated Bibliography

: This site highlights the main points in Islamic belief.

Katajun Amirpur: This author argues that since the 1979 revolution there has been a change in the approach to the Koran.

Posted by: Myles Godet at September 29, 2008 01:16 AM

Sylva, Dennis. "Dialogue and Drama: Elements of Greek Tragedy in the Fourth Gospel." Journal of Biblical Literature 125.3 (Fall2006 2006): 604-607. Academic Search Premier. EBSCO. Cannon Memorial Library, Saint Leo, FL. 29 Sep. 2008 .

This article talks about a book that was written by Jo Ann Brant. It basically talks about the elements in the book of John that could be compared to those of typical Greek Tragedy. That is the major point, that even though both were comprised in different parts of history, the stories are comparable because of the basic elements of literature. This article could potentially be useful for my paper because my story has elements of religion in it and it has been said to be very comparable to greek tragedy.

Posted by: Matt M. at September 29, 2008 01:35 AM

Kamille G 29/09/08

MLA Citation for Article

Works Cited

Hover, Paul L. “Islamic Book and Information Culture: An Overview.” Parkistan
Library & Information Science Journal 4 Dec. 2007. 28 Sept. 2008
results_single_ftPES.jhtml?_DARGS=/hww/results/results_common.jhtml.34>.

The author’s objective for writing this article is to allow readers with little knowledge of the Islamic history, to gain an understanding of the cross-cultural and cross-language influences on Arab IS behavior. The article begins with a discussion on the origin of “The Koran,” and the history of the Koran’s oral and written transmissions. The article then addresses the reasons for the Muslims resistance to print “The Koran,” as well as the European invasions which ultimately convinced the Islamic to accept the Koran’s printing in order to resist colonial pressure. In my synthesis paper I plan to address the cultural influences surrounding the initial publication of “The Koran,” which this article accomplishes by giving the history of the cultural influences that led to the Koran’s eventual publication.


Kamille G
Eng 225. Sec.1
29/09/08

Posted by: Kamille G at September 29, 2008 01:36 AM

Plays about morality have changed drastically over the last several years. Any form of art needs to be recognized in its creation period for it to be truly valued. “Theatricality” is referring to how the play’s performance comes off at the time it is performed. “The materials of the stage” are directed at an unclear idea signifying that they represent and suggest a hidden meaning from what is obvious.

This source should be a useable source for me because it talks about Everyman as a play and some of the different aspects of it. This should fit well since it is pretty broad I can find a few different ideas from it.

Garner Jr., Stanton B. "Theatricality in Mankind and Everyman." Studies in Philology 84.3 (Summer87 1987): 272. Academic Search Premier. EBSCO. 26 Sep. 2008 .

Posted by: Quinten J at September 29, 2008 07:54 AM

Tokita, Alison. “The Reception of the Heike Monogatari as Performed Narrative:
The Atsumori Episode in Heikyoku, Zatō Biwa and Satsuma Biwa...” Japanese Studies 23.1 (2003):
27-59.

The author is explaining in the article the reception theory of the story of the Heike. Because there are so many was the story is told and it is important for the readers to get the real story and not the story that people have add on to time and time again. This article is ok but it will not be good use for me because it is not giving me enough information about the story.

Posted by: John Daniel at September 29, 2008 10:55 AM

Walter Perkins
Eng 225
Dr. Hobbs
9-29-08

Scholarly Source

Ganim in his article about Sir Gawain elaborates on the theme and meanings of the story of “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight”. John Ganim’s thesis in this article is “The circumstances surrounding the Green Knight’s part in the plot are quite different: the clues are given to us one by one and only put together at the end”. Ganim is trying to prove how this story has many of themes and symbols that all comes together at the end of the story. There is not just one theme to sum up this one story because there is so many to choose from that have an impact on the characters and the plot. Some themes in this story as said in article is temptation, seduction, games, nature, chivalry and seasons. I chose this article because I felt it offered a lot of factual information about the story I am researching and helped break down the story into components so that each theme or symbol was elaborated on.

Ganim, John M. "Disorientation, Style and Consciousness in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight." PMLA: Publications of the Modern Language Association of America. 91.3 (1976, May ) 376-384. Rpt. in World Literature Criticism, Supplement 1-2: A Selection of Major Authors from Gale's Literary Criticism Series. Vol. 1. Detroit: Gale, 1997. 376-384. Literature Resource Center. Gale. Saint Leo University. 29 Sept. 2008
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Posted by: Walter P at September 29, 2008 11:10 AM

Anna R
Engl 225. 01
Dr Hobbs
9-29-08

Scholarly source #1

http://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=7QopjJJMxrcC&oi=fnd&pg=PR13&dq=articles+on+%22St+Augustine%27s+confessions%22&ots=-gW2llhm_b&sig=vD-d3MPr44QcNG9MmRLBFo2-yZc

The “Odyssey of the Soul” reflects on what Augustine encountered in early stages of life, why he converted to Christianity and how he devotes his life to god and why. Augustine strongly dislikes the fact that young adults are taught to emphasize their lives on material things rather than god and the worship of god. In his early life he goes through a stage of sexual adventures and later sees these as a lesson about grief and confusion. The author in this book explains and reviews how Augustine converted to be St. Augustine and how he, in order to live a better life devoted to god, gives up what he used to do. He also discusses how this conversion impacts his soul and how he comes to peace with himself by doing that.

Posted by: Anna R at September 29, 2008 11:14 AM

D.J. Garry
Dr. Hobbs
English 225 CA.01
29 September 2008
The Song of Roland
Curtis, Mary Ann C. "The Sun Also Rises: It's Relation to The Song of Roland." American Literature 60 (1988): 274-81.

This article explains how Hemingways, “The Sun Also Rises” was based on “The Song of Roland”. This article gives a lot of insight and wisdom on both of these works. I need this article because I am using “The Song of Roland”. The author gives a lot of very interesting ideas on why both works could have been written, and some good ideas regarding other issues. This article will be interesting to use because it not only incorporates “The Song of Roland” but also how it might have affected another work.

Posted by: David G. at September 29, 2008 11:17 AM

D.J. Garry
Dr. Hobbs
English 225 CA.01
29 September 2008
The Song of Roland
Curtis, Mary Ann C. "The Sun Also Rises: It's Relation to The Song of Roland." American Literature 60 (1988): 274-81.

This article explains how Hemingways, “The Sun Also Rises” was based on “The Song of Roland”. This article gives a lot of insight and wisdom on both of these works. I need this article because I am using “The Song of Roland”. The author gives a lot of very interesting ideas on why both works could have been written, and some good ideas regarding other issues. This article will be interesting to use because it not only incorporates “The Song of Roland” but also how it might have affected another work.

Posted by: david. g at September 29, 2008 11:22 AM

Runesson, Anders. "Rethinking early Jewish-Christian relations: Matthean community history as Pharisaic intragroup conflict." Journal of Biblical Literature 127.1 (Spr 2008): 95-132. ATLA Religion Database. EBSCO. [Library name], [City], [State abbreviation]. 29 Sep. 2008 .

Runesson looks to define the Matthean community in the first century A.D. against the traditional idea that they are the polar opposite of the Pharisee denomination. Using examples from the text of Matthew he tries to explore the Christian community of the first century without the bias emplaced on the gospel by later works. Runesson also takes into account the tensions before and after 70 A.D. He eventually comes to explain his view of the early Judeo-Christian community as groups who retained their identity while engaging in Christ-centered religious practices.

Posted by: JustinW at September 29, 2008 11:48 AM

Myron Kirchner
ENG-225
M-W-F

The source I’m using is a book about the Odyssey. It doesn’t contain the actual story of Odysseus, but it tells me a lot about him and other people related to him. That’s all the information I need because I’ve read the story many times, yet I’ve never paid much attention to the story of Odysseus’ son preceding the Odyssey.
This source is going to help me write my paper and come up with my own thesis statement because my paper is going to be a synthesis paper, and the book is written like a long synthesis paper. I will get a good idea on where to begin, and how develop the story from reading the article.

Clarke, Howard. The Art of the Odyssey. New Jersey:
Englewood Cliffs, 1967

Posted by: Myron Kirchner at September 29, 2008 12:22 PM

strahil s

Dr. B. Lee Hobbs

ENG-225

09/29/2008

Source : Legarreta-Mentxaka, Aintzane. "Yeats and Taoism (1): to Maria Motxobe Legarreta." Yeats Eliot Review. 22.3 (Fall 2005): p2. Literature Resource Center. Gale. Saint Leo University. 27 Sept. 2008


The essay of Legarreta-Mentxaka explores the connections between metaphysical beliefs reflected in the work of W. B. Yeats and the main ideas of Taoist philosophy. There is a brief introduction to the principles of Taoism, followed by an exploration of A Vision, Yeats's s philosophical work. This is followed by some examples of Yeats's s work. Two poems written at the time of the composition of A Vision are discussed in detail--'An Irish Airman foresees his Death' (written in 1918) is approached in terms of Taoism's approach to mortality, and 'The Second Coming' (written in 1919) is reviewed in the aspect of the connections between Yin Yang theory and Yeats's historicism. The references provide sources of Taoist influence available to Yeats. I still do not have a topic idea on my mind but this essay is interesting as it provides examples of connections and influences of Taoism principles over the work of later authors.

Posted by: strahil s at September 29, 2008 12:25 PM

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*NOTE* The deadline for this particular assignment has now passed. Any comments listed below are *ONLY* for the reposting of comments that I specifically asked to be revised or are ones from non-student posters. Any 'student' posts below that missed the assignment deadline will not get credit for the assignment. ~ Dr. Hobbs

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3 October 2008

ENG 225 Students:

Follow instructions as given in class--must also be posted on turnitin.com in the proper entry. Like all other homework assignments, this counts towards your participation grade and is not an optional assignment. (1) Choose your approach from the list you were given closer to the beginning course. State which approach you will use this time. If you used the "synthesis paper" approach last time, you cannot repeat that for essays 2 and 3. The same goes for the other options--you must choose a different one this time. (2) State which primary texts you will be working (this will only be one if you are doing the synthesis) and what direction you'd like to take your paper. What position will you defend? Give at least a paragraph or more to propose what you'd like to compare, explain, clarify, illustrate, or explore. Due by class time, Wednesday, October 8.

For a few more helpful ideas on where to "start" when you are still trying to come up with ideas to write about for a critical essay, check out the following page put up by the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/education/bitesize/higher/english/critical_essay/plan_your_answer3_rev.shtml

Don't forget that you build upon/modify ideas that we use in class during our discussions, group-activity exercises, lectures, and homework assignment questions. How can you modify some of the grander questions about literature already discussed toward YOUR chosen piece of literature?

Dr. Hobbs

Posted by: Dr. Hobbs at September 29, 2008 04:02 PM

Lee, Michelle "The Song of Roland." Poetry Criticism. Ed. Vol. 83. 30 September 2008

This story is about Charlemagne who is king of the Franks and Holy Roman Emperor. He was accompanied by 5,000 of his men in the year 778. On the return to France, the army was ambushed and more then 1,000 men were killed including Roland. This article I found is very useful to the topic that I chose because it gives the textual history, major themes, characters, and then there is a critical portion of the article. Some of the major points it talk about is good versus evil and courage one must have. The loyalty a person has under his or her king. This article gives me a better understanding of what the story is about and what loyalty really means. People depend on other people and it shows that if a person fails to do his or her job, it can cost the life of another.

Posted by: Alex Slavin at September 30, 2008 05:01 PM

Anna R
Engl 225. 01
Dr Hobbs

Here is my source again with the MLA citation. Sorry about that.


O'Connell, Robert J.. The Odyssey of Soul. Fordham University Press, 1989.

The “Odyssey of the Soul” reflects on what Augustine encountered in early stages of life, why he converted to Christianity and how he devotes his life to god and why. Augustine strongly dislikes the fact that young adults are taught to emphasize their lives on material things rather than god and the worship of god. In his early life he goes through a stage of sexual adventures and later sees these as a lesson about grief and confusion. The author in this book explains and reviews how Augustine converted to be St. Augustine and how he, in order to live a better life devoted to god, gives up what he used to do. He also discusses how this conversion impacts his soul and how he comes to peace with himself by doing that.


Posted by: Anna R at October 1, 2008 10:53 AM

Quinten Jones
ENG 225 CA01
October 6, 2008

Everyman is a biblical play that is considered to be a mystery play and a morality play. I am going to do option one and try to compare the Aneid play with this one. The Aneid involves many gods who help out the people when they go in acts of war or just when they need something. In Everyman there is one God and he watches over all of the people. I am going to make a connection between the gods in one story and God in the other.

Posted by: Quinten J at October 6, 2008 07:32 AM

Joseph Scimeca
Dr. Lee Hobbs
ENG 225
October 6th, 2008

For my next essay, I will be focusing on the "Tale of Heike." I will pick option 2 and try to prove that the true meaning behind this medieval example of Japanese literature is impermanence. Even though it is a work of Japan, the buddhist law of impermanence is very evident. I will focus on the belief that every conditioned exsistence, without exception, is in flux with the Gods.

Posted by: Joseph S. at October 6, 2008 11:35 AM

In this next paper I have chosen to use the option 2, research-informed persuasive/argumentative essay. This paper will be based on comparing the Confession’s by Augustine and the idea of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave. In Augustine’s journey he first starts off as a young child that gets into a lot of trouble and steals and is very sexually active. Augustine is stuck in the cave until he has a conversation with his mother that enlightens him and this is the point where comes out of the cave. Augustine becomes a Christian and this leads him to be enlightened. At first people try to tell Augustine that he is living a bad life and he doesn’t listen but than he finally comes to realize that he needs to change his ways. Augustine’s whole journey is centered on Plato’s Allegory of the Cave.
Thesis:
Throughout Augustine’s journey from childhood to adulthood he experiences changes that are centered on Plato’s Allegory of the Cave.

Posted by: Nichole T. at October 7, 2008 09:33 PM

Brandon Mckoy
Eng 225 MWF 12:30-1:20pm

Proposal for Persuasive/ Argumentative paper

I intend to do a research informed persuasive and argumentative paper on the great Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore. My aim of this paper is to pick a few of Tagore’s poem’s and persuade readers of the interpretations of them and what they mean, with the help of my sources. After doing my research and reviewing several other Indian poets and their works, Tagore’s poems caught my interest the most. Since poetry works can be taken from so many different views and interpretations, I believe that this will be a good topic for my paper because I can persuade readers to see the same way I do in the meaning and what the Tagore’s poems are trying to say.

Posted by: Brandon mckoy at October 8, 2008 12:46 AM

My story this time is Everyman. I feel that for this I would be able to write a good synthesis paper. I would talk about the morality play and maybe delve into moral issues. Also, I might be able to compare this with some aspects in the Bible if necessary.

Posted by: Matt M. at October 8, 2008 01:09 AM

Kamille G

In my second paper, I wish to write a synthesis paper on the book “The Koran”. The main theme of this book reflects the idea that good will come to those who do good, and punishment will come to the wrongdoers. In my synthesis paper, I will address the main idea that “The Koran” is a book that serves as God’s commands to man to obey, believe and live by his word so that their destiny will be a good one. I also hope to address the idea that “The Koran” is God’s warnings to man that the unbelievers and evil doers will be mislead and punished by God, while the believers will be delivered from evil, directed to the right path and rewarded by God in the future.

Bibliography

Rahman, Fazlur. Major Themes Of The Qur’an. Minneapolis: Bibliotheca Islamica, 1980.

This book addresses the main ideas and themes surrounding the Koran which supports my thesis.

Cleary, Thomas. The Essential Koran: The Heart of Islam.
New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 1993.

This book acknowledges the purpose of the Koran and what its significance is in the world today, which will provide evidence for my thesis.


Kamille G
English 225 Sec. 1
08/10/08

Posted by: Kamille G at October 8, 2008 01:24 AM

“The Divine Comedy” Proposal

Cervo, Nathan A. "Dante's Divine Comedy."The Explicator. Vol. 63, Iss. 1; pg. 2, 2 pgs
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The scholarly source I will be using is "Dante's Divine Comedy", in which I will clarify Dante's vision of God, spirituality and sin. The objective of this article is to present Dante's vision of God. The article includes Dante's first vision of God, Dante's opinion of God, and an explanation to Dante's metaphor of light and God.

Esolen, Anthony. “Body and Soul Uplifted”. Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity;
Apr2006, Vol. 19 Issue 3, p26-32, 7p, 4 illustrations.
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This source entails Dante’s journey through hell. During his journey, Dante is confronted with spiritual values, such as the afterlife and God. This source explains Dante’s view of Christianity and his view towards his journey through hell.

I chose option three, a persuasive/argumentative essay in which I will clarify the issue of Dante’s vision of Christianity, and his view of God and hell.

Posted by: Paola S at October 8, 2008 01:46 AM

Anna R
Engl 225
CA01
10-08-08

Proposal:
In my next paper, for which I chose the works of “St. Augustine’s Confessions”, I will use option two of the guidelines. I will chose one or more topics of the reading and make a clear standpoint of what I want to argue and persuade the reader about. The two scholarly sources will help me prove my standpoint and will also help me make the reader understand where I am coming from and maybe even switch his opinion in order to take over what I wrote about.

Posted by: Anna R. at October 8, 2008 10:21 AM

For my up coming eassy i will use option 2. I will write a persuasive paper on the story of the tale of the Heike and i will try and get the reader to lean more towards the Taira or the minamoto clans and there reason for trying to take control of japan.

Posted by: John Daniel at October 8, 2008 10:25 AM

Walter Perkins
October 8, 2008
Eng 225
Dr. Hobbs

Proposal

For the Critical- Analytical essay I decided to write about “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight”. I decided to do Option 2 which is a persuasive paper and I will show the differences in themes of the story and how it all had an impact on the plot. I will attempt to persuade the reader that the themes and symbols are what make the plot and not the plot itself. The stories numerous of themes and symbols are very in depth and they play a role in the development of this story. I will use themes and symbols such as games, temptations, the pentangle and the girdle. I will use two scholarly sources to help prove my point about this story.

Posted by: Walter P at October 8, 2008 10:30 AM

Alex Slavin

October 8-08

English 225

Dr. Hobbs

Proposal

For the second paper that has been assigned, I have chosen option three to use. The topic I have chosen to write about is on The Song of Roland. The format of the paper will be a “synthesis style”. I will use and find three scholarly articles and write what I have learned and understood from reading them. This paper will consist of what I got out of the articles and the meaning.

Citations
“The Song of Roland.” Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism. Ed. Lynn M. Zott. Vol. 50. 30 Sept. 2008
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Eisner, Robert A. “Search of the Real Theme of the Song of Roland.” (1972, Autumn) 179-183. Rpt. in Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism. Ed. Jelena O. Krstovic. Vol. 37.
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Posted by: Alex Slavin at October 8, 2008 10:42 AM

Justin White

In my paper I will compare and contrast the parables in the bible, the stories of a Thousand and One Nights, and the effect on their respective cultures and times. Focus will be placed on learning through parable and story, and also the reception of these stories on their respective communities (ex. Jesus vs. traditional Jewish thought, entertainment value of a Thousand and One Nights and formal Arabic literature).

Posted by: JustinW at October 8, 2008 10:50 AM

D.J. Garry
Dr. Hobbs
English 225 CA 01
8 October 2008
Proposal 2
For my second paper I will be comparing and contrasting the roles of heroes of Roland in “The Song of Roland” and Gilgamesh in “Gilgamesh”. I want to analyze the way that each character goes through the monomyth, and compare and contrast each character in specific stages. I will also use my scholarly sources to help prove my points. Each character has their own journey that they go on as a hero, and it will be interesting to dissect each one thoroughly. One of my scholarly sources will be the example of the monomyth that was provided in class.

Posted by: David G. at October 8, 2008 11:12 AM

Jonathan Till
Dr. Hobbs
10-07-08
Eng 225

I intend to write a synthesis paper exploring Dante’s Divine Comedy, exploring Dante’s Hell and why he put certain controversial people into Hell. I intend to also explore the various punishments that Dante said the damned deserved for their sins. I will be using Dante’s Hell, A Reflection as well as the Divine Comedy. My paper will be a study of the Divine Comedy as well as its author.

Posted by: Jonathan T. at October 8, 2008 11:30 AM

I will be writing about how irony pervades the story. Like how the only way the rumor of their affair was started was by Chang. And how both protagonists are only half parts. How marriage plays its role between the two lovers.

Posted by: john anderson at October 8, 2008 12:03 PM

Strahil S

Dr. Hobbs

ENG-225

10/08/08

Paper Proposal

When I red The Story of Ying-Ying I felt confused. I still do and re-read certain passages. In some way this story reminds me of the movie Pretty Woman, except for the exactly opposite endings. So I am thinking to probably write a paper linking the two stories and answering questions like: do we choose career over true love, or is old tradition subject to change over time? I am still undecided and definitely need to read the story again and again to better understand certain moments.

Posted by: strahil s. at October 8, 2008 12:32 PM

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Posted by: Dr. Hobbs at October 8, 2008 06:18 PM

Brandon Mckoy
Eng 225 MWF 12:30-1:20pm

Proposal for Persuasive/ Argumentative paper

I intend to do a research informed persuasive and argumentative paper on the Mystical poetry of India, specifically on the poet Kabir who wrote poems on the love of God. My aim of this paper is to pick a few of Kabir poem’s and persuade readers of the interpretations of them and what they mean, with the help of my sources. After doing my research and reviewing several other Indian poets in the Mystical Poetry of India, Kabir’s poems and the information about him and his life caught my interest the most. Since poetry works can be taken from so many different views and interpretations, I believe that this will be a good topic for my paper because I can persuade readers to see the same way I do in the meaning and what the Kabir’s poems are trying to say.


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Note from Professor:

So, what exactly is "your" interpretation? You haven't stated it. Please come back to this page with your thesis, e.g. "Frost's poem 'Road Not Taken' is a poem that emphasizes real choice is merely an illusion. His subtext is a sarcastic paraphrase of the old cliche: 'all roads lead back to Rome.' "

Like that example, *YOUR* thesis should also be specific.

Dr. Hobbs

Posted by: Brandon Mckoy at October 14, 2008 12:40 AM

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