Choose one of the following themes to explore with reference to one of the assigned readings from Weeks 4 to 6:
Examine the various romantic relationships described in the metaphysical poetry we read. What are the roles of men and women in these relationships? Can you generalize about gender roles in courtship?
Malory was trying to entertain us and Spenser was trying to edify us. Compare and contrast Malory’s Lancelot with Spenser’s Redcrosse. What are the strengths and weaknesses of each of these heroes? What is the significance of their similarities and differences?
Discuss a difficult decision faced by one of these characters: Milton’s Satan, Bunyan’s Christian, or Behn’s Oroonoko. What is the moral dilemma involved? How does the character reach his decision? What do you think that the author is trying to teach us about free will?
As you explore these themes, be sure to consider secondary characters as well to develop a full picture. Look for what the author is trying to teach us.
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