Academic Papers on Italian Literature

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This 8 page paper discusses how Dante's The Inferno depicts real life specific to the recovering alcoholic. It compares the process of admitting to alcoholism, deciding to journey outside the boundaries of the familiar, confronting the beasts of a previous lifestyle, choosing a guide, giving their life and will over to a power greater then ...

A 5 page research paper which analyses the political philosophy of 15th-century writer Niccolo Machiavelli. The writer takes the stance that Machiavelli's techniques which justify the use of evil in politics are wrong. Although the use of evil make help a leader obtain and retain power for awhile, the writer argues that ultimately ...

A 7 page examination of Niccolo Machiavelli’s contention that he was free of idealism. in Bibliography lists 6 sources. Although he is said to have claimed to have freed himself of all idealism, it is contended by many that his commitment to power itself was a form of idealism. The author ...

5 pages in length. Robert A. Orsi's The Madonna Of 115th Street : Faith and Community in Italian Harlem, 1880-1950 eloquently illustrates how the psychological characteristics of the Italian/American population – which include their value systems and religion – are wide and varied. No bibliography.

A 13 page paper which considers how fate, divine justice and issues of philosophy, religion and love are conveyed in these two classic Italian literary works. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

A 5 page speculative paper updating Dante's Divine Comedy to the twentieth century, and choosing three 20th well-known century figures to represent each of three of Dante's levels of Hell -- Incontinence, Violence, and Fraud. The paper also assigns an appropriate punishment to each, based on the sin committed. No sources except book.

A 6 page essay that uses looks to Machiavelli's book for the a further understanding of the events of the Revolution.

An 8 page paper which examines the autobiographical and socio-political criticism associated with Tomasi di Lampedusa’s book “Il Gattopardo.” Bibliography lists 5 additional sources.

A 7 page consideration of the question of whether Machiavelli and his teachings were evil. Writing during the sixteenth century, Machiavelli concentrates on the tactics which he sees important in a ruler advancing the interest of their states and themselves in the future in a unified Italian state. The author reviews Machiavelli’s writings ...

An 8 page overview of the views of Niccolo Machiavelli in "Il Principe" ("The Prince") written in the sixteenth century. Machiavelli outlines the tactics which he sees important in a ruler advancing the interest of their states and themselves in the future in a unified Italian state. Emphasizes that while these writings could ...

A five page work looking at Boccaccio's 'Decameron' and Dante's 'Divine Comedy' in terms of the way they illustrate the transformation of attitudes toward sexuality and sin as Western society moved from the Middle Ages into the Renaissance during the fourteenth century. No additional sources.

A 5 page paper comparing Machiavelli's 'Prince' and Shakespeare's 'Prince Hamlet.' The writer feels that both works represented important changing points in world culture. No additional sources cited.

In 5 pages the author discusses the similarities and differences between Dante and King Lear. ''King Lear' is a tragedy that was written by William Shakespeare. 'Inferno' is part one of a three-part story, which was written by Dante Alighieri. Although both stories are tragedies and contain ...

A 4 page paper which discusses the role and purpose of the character of Virgil in Dante's Inferno. Also discussed is how Virgil, who was in reality a great Roman poet, wrote a work called 'The Aeneid.' This work also serves as an illustration to further describe the purpose for having created the character of Virgil in Inferno. ...

A 5 page essay exploring the virtues and vices of Machiavelli's story. The writer argues that the critics of his work that proclaim his evil are not looking at the big picture, but only its outcome. Arguments: Machiavelli's purpose in writing the document and where he places emphasis in the document and how ...

A five page paper analyzing Niccolo Machiavelli's attitude toward the common people of Italy as evidenced in his work 'The Prince.' The paper argues that Machiavelli believed that a nation composed of relatively powerless common people was best served by a powerful and centralized government which made their decisions for them, and aggressively defended their ...

A 10 page paper which examines how this popular theme is presented in these great works of Western literature. No additional sources are used.

7 pages in length. A comparative analysis between Machievelli's 'The Prince' and Shakespeare's 'Othello' in which the writer examines each work in light of their respective eras and sociocultural issues. It is concluded that in 'Othello,' the author seems to cry out for a different kind of sovereignty than in 'The Prince.' Bibliography lists 3 ...

A 20 page paper looking at the way sixteenth-century Florentine politician Niccolo Machiavelli influenced Shakespeare's characterization of the inept ruler in his three Henry VI plays (parts I, II, and III.) The paper shows areas in which Shakespeare's idea of 'statesmanship' resembled Machiavelli's, as well as where it differed. Bibliography lists six sources.

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