Thematic Analysis Essay

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Instructions: Develop a thematic analysis essay of 750 to 1000 words minimum/maximum with an introduction, body, and conclusion. Include a works cited page. 


Be sure to argue a particular point of view in your essay (your thesis) and use examples and short quotes from our readings in MLA format in order to support your perspective. Your essay must be based on one of the assigned readings we've covered already in class, and you should not do any outside research. 


Do not do any outside research. However, should you find yourself compulsively Googling your subject and browsing the internet for ideas because you just can't help yourself, you must cite the sources of the ideas that you've used. Any websites that you've browsed should be on a "Works Consulted" page, and any ideas that you've "borrowed" should be properly cited on your "Works Cited" page.


Choose one of these topic to discuss with reference to your chosen text:


The Cross in “The Dream of the Rood” is depicted as a loyal retainer, a valued member of Christ’s war band. Using quotes from the poem, identify those traits that mark a good retainer and explain the relationship between the retainer and his Lord as it is depicted in this poem.

Some characters are the same people at the beginning of the story and the same at the end; others experience growth and learn something by the end of the story. Which of these is Beowulf? Using direct quotes and examples from his actions, make your case. 

Chaucer introduces us to all of his pilgrims in “The General Prologue.” Based on these introductions, find seven different characters who exemplify the seven deadly sins: pride, laziness, anger, greed, lust, envy, and gluttony. Using direct quotes, explain how they epitomize these sins. Then, offer some analysis on why Chaucer aligned these particular professions with these particular moral failings. 

This assignment is due Sunday of week 3.


Your essay should predominantly be based on one text, but you might include short examples from other readings that we've done in class if it helps you prove your point. 


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