Sample Essay Outlines
The following paper topics should test your understanding of the work as a whole and allow you to analyze important themes and literary devices. Following each question is a sample outline to get you started.
- Topic #1
There are three main themes in traditional literature; these themes include the picaresque theme, in which the character travels or makes a journey; the reversal of fortune theme, in which the character has his or her situation in life changed; and the survival of the unfittest theme, in which a character who is not really equipped for survival is able to endure.
Which of these themes apply/applies to Dante’s Inferno?
I. Thesis Statement: All three of the main themes in traditional literature apply to Dante’s Inferno; these themes include the picaresque theme, the reversal of fortune theme, and the survival of the unfittest theme.
II. The picaresque theme
A. Dante lost in Canto I
1. In woods
2. Midway on way of life
3. Right road lost
B. Approached by form
1. Says Dante must go another way to leave a wasteful life behind
2. Says Dante should take him as guide
3. Says must pass through an eternal place and terrible peril
C. Reaction of Dante
1. Asks Virgil to lead...
(The entire section is 1083 words.)
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