Essays and Research Papers on German Literature

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Views of World War I

  • 3 page paper

A 3 page essay that examines 2 views of WWI. History texts, such as Matthew Perry's Western Civilization: A Brief History, look at wars and major events from the broad perspective. Perry's analysis of the First World War, for example, focuses primarily upon the major decisions of the war and those who made them. This ...

A 7 page paper which discusses how "Man of Straw," by Heinrich Mann demonstrates more about how society really works than does traditional historiography. Various examples from real life are presented as examples which illustrate how we are often in the dark about reality, save through the expressions found in first hand knowledge and fictional portrayals of real life ...

A 4 page paper discussing the short story, The Hunger Artist. The writer analyzes Kafka's tongue in cheek style and humorous look at the life of a starving artist. No additional sources cited.

Siddhartha and Govinda

  • 6 page paper

A six-page paper based on these central characters in Hermann Hesse’s classic novel Siddhartha. The paper compares these two characters in terms of their spiritual quest, concluding that there are many paths for seekers to take in attaining Nirvana. No additional sources.

A 4 page discussion of the blending that is occurring between man and machine. This paper reviews the work of Director David Cronenberg, author Donna Harraway, and philosopher Martin Heidegger. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

A 9 page paper on Thomas Mann's Death in Venice, looking specifically at the way it is written to be understood on both an extremely literary level as well as by a more mass-market audience. The paper points out that by writing the story realistically but packing it with classical archetypes, Mann is able to ...

This 6 page paper examines this once banned German book about the life of an 18 year old girl. The novel is evaluated for characterization, setting, writing style and more. No additional sources cited.

(5 pp) As an Austrian author, Bernhard was harassed and denounced at home while being honored abroad, largely because he dared to challenge Austrians to acknowledge who they had been. He complained about their vacillation with their own national identity. And ironically his own style of writing follows that unique ebb and ...

A 5 page paper which examines the novel within the context of European history during the 19th and 20th centuries, considers what was special about World War I which inspired such literary eloquence, and discusses what motivated Remarque to write his novel. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

A 5 page overview of Holocaust poetry. This paper emphasizes how poetry like that of Don Pagis, Paul Celan, and others have added significantly to our understanding of the horrors of this time in history, not through rote historical fact, but through the moving words of their poems. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

A 9 page overview of the 1972 cinematic production. The author traces the history of the film back to a play and a movie entitled “I Am a Camera” which were based, in turn, on the book “Berlin Stories” (also referred to as “Goodbye to Berlin”) by Christopher Isherwood. Set in 1931 in ...

This 8 page paper discusses various aspects of this novel. Included are historical perspectives, character analysis, reflections on German history and more. Bibliography lists 1 source.

A 5 page paper which compares and contrast the protagonists' views on death and how they speak of their own dying in William Shakespeare's "The Tragedy of King Lear" and Johann von Goethe's "The Sorrows of Young Werther," concentrating on one key passage from each work, and closely analyzing how the emotions of each man ...

A 5 page paper that details the passage of magic, dreams, and incantations in a Midsummer Nights Dream and Goethe's Faust. The writer also examines how both works display these qualities and goes into significant plot analysis as well.

A 5 page paper looking at this important German writer of the twentieth century in terms of the Jewish context of his works. The paper argues that his frequent allusions to deformity, illness, and guilt mirror his own self-perception, resulting from the anti-Semitic stereotypes of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Kafka's work entitled ...

2 page discussion of loneliness in the character Gregor from Kafka's 'Metamorphosis.' No Bibliography.

This 5 page research paper argues that Gregor Samsa's transformation from man to insect in Franz Kafka's short story, 'Metamorphosis,' was completely unjust, in terms of his family's reaction to his condition, and their ultimate betrayal and rejection of him. Bibliography lists 1 source.

A 5 page essay in which the writer posits that Kafka's story is allegorical for the creationist evolution of the planet Earth, and also for the evolution of religious beliefs from antiquity to Christianity. Bibliography lists 1 source.

This 9 page paper describes and compares the Franz Kafka stories, 'The Judgement' (1913) and 'The Metamorphosis' (1915).

Kafka as Modernist

  • 5 page paper

A 5 page paper looking at two of Franz Kafka's posthumously-published novels, The Trial and The Castle, showing how they reflect the concerns of European modernism. The paper also notes that while their tone was a little too bleak and existentialist for most Americans of the Modernist period, Americans today are rediscovering Kafka because he ...

This 5 page report discusses the transformation of modernism in terms of Kafka's 'The Trial' and F. Scott Fitzgerald's 'The Great Gatsby.' The inherent differences of writers in the same modernist period but in Europe compared to America is also discussed. Bibliography lists only the two works themselves as sources.

A 4 page review of theme, character, and structure in Herman Hesse's 'Damien.' Meanings, metaphors, and characteristics of the novel are examined. No Bibliography.

A 7 page research paper on Hermann Hesse's novel of the same name. The writer details the themes of the novel, and relates them to the story and the text. Bibliography lists 1 source.

This 7 page paper discusses how German author Thomas Mann's life (1875-1955) affected his works. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

A 6 page paper that discusses the major themes in Thomas Mann's classic, The Magic Mountain. The focus of this paper is on the importance of disease, and the comparison Mann makes between the disease, the sanitarium and the outside society (the ills of society). FREE outline page included. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

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