Academic Papers on British Literature

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A 5 page paper that describes the importance of Gulliver's voyage to Lilliput as a basis for the other voyages in the story. This paper explores the political irony, the emotions and reactions expressed by Gulliver and the way in which the physical and intellectual are contrasted and the way that these important themes ...

In this 5 page essay the writer discusses the first half of Book I of Jonathan Swift's 'Gulliver's Travels,' explaining some of its major satirical points, with reference to political and religious events in Swift's day. No additional sources cited.

A 5 page paper examining how Jonathan Swift satirizes both the rarified Houyhnhnms and the brutish Yahoos in Book IV of Gulliver's Travels. The writer concludes that just as man was not created to be bestial, he was not created to be completely rationalistic, either. To be caught in either trap robs man of the ...

A 5 page paper that considers a comparison between the societal and political structures of 18th century England with the satirical representation of the Land of the Houyhnhnms. No additional sources cited.

A 20 page paper comparing Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels and A Modest Proposal with Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness in terms of the way both authors treat the theme of imperialism. The paper concludes that while both authors recognize that imperialism is based in the belief that members of radically foreign cultures are non-human (xenophobia) ...

A 10 page research paper outlining Jonathan Swift's 'A Modest Proposal.' The writer analyzes the work as a sociopolitical treatise and examines other political works of Swift, as they relate to Ireland and England at the time. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

A 3 page essay in which the writer provides an overview of Jonathan Swift's infamous 'A Modest Proposal' and some of the major points to be considered. No Bibliography.

In 5 pages, the author discusses Jonathan Swift's 'A Modest Proposal' and E. M. Forster's 'My Wood' and shows how the authors use satire to criticize what they perceive to be the false values of society. No other sources.

a 5 page paper looking at Swift's essay 'A Digression Concerning the Original, the Use, and Improvement of Madness in a Commonwealth', from A Tale of a Tub. The paper shows how Swift satirically distinguishes madness from sanity, determines the cause of madness, and finds a function for it in a healthy society. Bibliography lists ...

A 20 page paper looking at the various types of irony in the Western literary tradition. Surveying the use of irony by over a dozen writers, the paper determines that irony developed in two major strains: the humanistic and the fatalistic, with Swift embodying the first type and Conrad the second. Bibliography lists 16 sources.

A 7 page paper that discusses the chess game (Lines 618-678) and chess symbolism in this poem. This paper focus on the themes of fate, courtly love and steadfastness that are developed through the poem utilizing chess symbolism, and demonstrates that the knights comments regarding the chess game are developed as statements about courtly ...

A 12 page paper examining the importance of the ability to recognize evil in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, specifically The Prioress' Tale and The Pardoner's Tale. The paper argues first that anti-Semitism is a significant issue in the Prioress' Tale, and that her anti-Semitism is just as dangerous as the amoral avarice of the Pardoner because ...

A 5 page paper showing how Chaucer illustrates the themes of spiritual order and disorder in the first section of the Canterbury Tales. The paper concludes that this tension between human disorder and spiritual order resolves itself in the recognition that God's plan is worked out in each human being. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

A 5 page essay which analyzes the description of the Prioresse given by Geoffrey Chaucer in the General Prologue to his historic work The Canterbury Tales. The writer argues that the Prioresse is hypocritical about her love of earthly pleasures while the Wife of Bath is open and honest.

A 6 page look at this larger-than-life character from Geoffrey Chaucer's 'Canterbury Tales,' in terms of her unorthodox views on religion. The paper holds that the Wife's theology is of this world as opposed to the next, earthly as opposed to celestial, material as opposed to spiritual. It is not the officially-sanctioned faith of the ...

A 5 page paper examining the fabliau genre as it is developed in Chaucer's 'Miller's Tale.' The paper gives special attention to the question of what makes the tale funny, and whether these effects are still funny today. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

9 pages in length. A complete review of the Merchant's Tale (from the Canterbury Tales) -- covering an overview of the story, the character of the merchant himself, wording, Chaucer's use of sarcasm, and the Tale's religious implications as well. No Bibliography.

A 6 page paper on the character of the Wife of Bath in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. The paper particularly centers around her feminist arguments justifying both her aggressiveness and her sexuality. Bibliography cites 4 sources.

A 5 page essay which examines how Chaucer's expert use of physical description contributed to his characterization of the Wife of Bath. The writer shows how Chaucer's description laid the basis for the Wife's characterization and helped establish her as a cultural icon which has endured for over 600 years. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

A 6 page paper providing a chronicle of women's social and legal status during the period of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. The paper looks at two of Chaucer's women in particular -- the Prioress and the Wife of Bath -- examining both their social roles and the way those roles were perceived in their own ...

A 3 page essay that points out that Chaucer used the characters of the Prioress and the Wife of Bath to say a great many things about how medieval society viewed women. The writer demonstrates how Chaucer contrasted the character of the chaste Prioress against that of the lusty Wife to satirize the Church's characterization ...

An 8 page comparison of these two stories from Chaucer's 'Canterbury Tales', in terms of the respective storyteller's views on marriage. The paper argues that the tales chosen by each storyteller perfectly embody their own situations in regard to marriage; and both deviate substantially from the cultural norm of the times. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

A 5 page paper which compares the relations between man and woman depicted in Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse and Geoffrey Chaucer's 'Wife of Bath's Tale' from The Canterbury Tales. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

An 8 page paper analyzing the puzzling issue of women's active role in Chaucer's 'The Knight's Tale'. The paper points out that while on the surface it would seem women have no active role in the story at all, their importance lies in their symbolic meaning to the male characters. Bibliography lists five sources.

In 5 pages the author discusses a portrait of two of the pilgrims from Chaucer's 'The Canterbury Tales.' In Chaucer's 'The Canterbury Tales' the Parson and the Plowman are related. They have many things in common, such as religion, poverty, honesty, contentedness with their lot in life, diligence in their professions, plainness, and simplicity. ...

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