Sample Essay Outlines

Sample Analytical Paper Topics
These are topics on which you can write a substantial analytical paper. They are designed to test your understanding of major themes and details from the piece as a whole. Following the topics are outlines you can use as a starting point for writing an analytical paper.

Topic #1
Trace the course of fury and its accompanying fire-based language as used in the Aeneid. Discuss fury in the characters of Juno, Dido, and Turnus. What is its role in the book? Include an analysis of the fury of Aeneas in the final book.

I. Thesis Statement: In the Aeneid, fury is a recurring theme, often occurring with descriptions of fire. The fury of Juno, Dido, and Turnus makes them weak and irrational and increases sympathy for Aeneas and his eventual success. However, Aeneas’ domination by fury at the end of the Aeneid mars his moment of triumph.

II. Fury and Juno
_A. Examples of Juno's fury
_B. Juno's irrational actions
_C. Juno's anger causes her to attempt to subvert fate, leading to the destruction of her mortal favorites

III. Fury and Dido
_A. Dido's "burning" love
_B. Dido's fury at Aeneas' planned departure
_C. Dido's irrational actions
_D. Dido's fury and burning love cause her to act irresponsibly, causing the collapse of her ability to rule and leading to her own destruction

IV. Fury and Turnus
_A. Allecto's flame
_B. Turnus' fury in war
_C. Turnus' irresponsible actions
_D. While Turnus' fury helps to make him a good warrior, it causes him to make mistakes that bring about...

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