Hey eNotes, it's been a while
I have to write a literary analysis paper comparing/contrasting Beowulf, Gilgamesh, and The Seafarer (we're doing a unit on epic hero's)
I'd like my paper to be more in depth than your average student, so, if there are any super deep meanings or hidden symbols within these texts please let me know
Your thoughts, comments, and help are all greatly appreciated
It's been awhile since I've read either Gilgamesh or Seafarer; however, the idea of an epic hero is full of wonderful opportunities. As a teacher, I can tell you that the most impressive thing you could give me is an essay that's organized, thoughtful, well written, original, and mechanically/grammatically correct. Trying to find "super deep meanings or hidden symbols" is fine as long as you also do the other things on the list. Really, though, I'd rather have your own analysis of the reading.
A good way to start is to make a list of all the positive (and negative, if you wish) attributes of each of your heroes from the three works. Examine things they say; things they do; how others see them; examples of selflessness, bravery, and honor; and whatever else occurs to you as you ponder them. The way you can distinguish yourself from others is by looking beyond the obvious to find some intriguing aspects to compare and contrast among your heroic characters. Make certain you aren't straining credibility in your attempt to write something new and unique, but I'm confident you can find something on your own which others in your class may not have considered. Best of luck!