comparative literature research topics

1. A Rose for Emily and The Lottery : Modern Horror Stories.

Desc: This three-page undergraduate paper explores how "The Lottery" and "A Rose for Emily" are both modern horror stories. They differ from each other in how much information is offered, and compare in use of detail. They differ from modern horror in their focus on details. 3 pgs. No bibliography listed.

2. An Uncontrollable Desire To Touch the Sky .

Desc: This five-page undergraduate paper is a comparison and contrast of "Heart of Darkness" and "Second Class Citizen". The choice of title for the latter manuscript is "An Uncontrollable Desire To Touch the Sky". Reasons for the choice are found in the entire paper. 5 pgs. Bibliography lists 1 source.

3. A Character Analysis of Animal Farm by George Orwell and the Call of the Wild by Jack London.

Desc: This paper will cover a character analysis of the books Animal Farm by George Orwell and Call of the Wild by Jack London. The analysis will be to compare and contrast one major protagonist or one major antagonist from each book. Also, this paper will demonstrate and integrate Human development concepts such as, socio-emotional, cognitive, and/or physical development: gender, intimacy, and sexuality issues the characters encounter within the book. Also, Symbolism will be covered along with other literary applications that are apparent within the characters of both tales. 10 pgs. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

4. A Character from A Gathering of Old Men and Sula .

Desc: This essay discusses the pride and self-affirmation that is developed by certain characters in Ernest Gaines' "A Gathering of Old Men" and Toni Morrison's "Sula". In Gaines' work, it could be argued that the 18 old African-Americans represent one character, since all of them symbolize a certain self-respect that is embodied in the Black community. Sula represents pride and self-affirmation in how she tries to find herself after being rejected. 3 pgs. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

5. A Comparative Analysis of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Fritz Lang's Metropolis .

Desc: This essay will operate under the assumption that artistic works - whether films or novels - are not autonomous, and cannot be truly understood outside of the context in which they were created. 7 pgs. bibligoraphy lists 4 sources.

6. A Compare and Contrast of the Novels: Black Beauty, Charlotte's Web, and Marry Poppins.

Desc: This paper will discuss the Black Beauty by Anna Sewell, Charlotte's Web by E.B. White, and Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers. By comparing and contrasting their appeal, theme, style, characters, and history, we can see how they work in a cohesive analysis.

7. A Comparison Between the Writings of Christopher Columbus and William Bradford.

Desc: This paper examines the motivations of the explorer Christopher Columbus and the colonist William Bradford in coming to the New World. This paper demonstrates how these initial perceptions helped affect the manner in which these two men examined their roles in the colonization of the Americas. A focus is provided to how these two men were driven by religious beliefs, economics, and idealistic curiosity. 4 pgs. No sources listed.

8. A Comparison Thesis on Edgar Allen Poe's tale The Black Cat and Earnest Hemingway's story A Soldier's Home .

Desc: This paper will compare two short stories that show how shame, guilt and fear, play a part in how these authors dealt with creating these tales. Edgar Allen Poe's short story "Black Cat" will be analyzed and, also, Earnest Hemingway's short story " A Soldier's Home" will be the subject of this thesis. Both of these stories share similar traits on themes of guilt, shame and fear within the storylines that have been written around them and this will be proven in this paper. 5 pgs. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

9. A Comparison and Contrast of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God.

Desc: This paper will compare and contrast the treatment of courtship and/or marriage in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God. By understanding the different, yet similar rituals of marriage within both texts, we can see how the nature of the relationships is brought out by the authors. 5 pgs. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

10. A Comparison of Two Short Stories Concerning Wrongful Death.

Desc: This paper compares and contrasts the two short stories "The Municipal Report" by O Henry and "A Jury of Her Peers" by Susan Glaspell. This essay provides an emphasis on the similarities and the differences between the characters, plot, and setting. 3 pgs. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

11. A Comparison: Mr. Doyle and Dr. Bell and A Letter of Mary.

Desc: This paper describes the two books as they pay homage to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Howard Engel in Mr. Doyle and Dr. Bell, and Laurie R. King, in A Letter of Mary, both make attempts to add to the Sherlockian canon. They succeed to varying degrees. This paper will examine the narrator, protagonist, and setting of each novel, comparing them to Doyle's template, and then discuss briefly which is the more meritorious addition to the repertory. 7 pgs. 15 f/c. 3b.

12. A Contrast and Comparison of Sula and Mack in Cannery Row by John Steinbeck and Sula By Toni Morrison.

Desc: This paper will compare and contrast the nature of Mack, a character in John Steinbeck's Cannery Row and Sula, a character in Sula by Toni Morrison. Evidence will be used to find their similarities and, also, their differences using how the behave within the mediums of the two authors. By analyzing both main characters, a solution to their personalities can be made. 5 pgs. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

13. A Definition of Morality Shakespeare and the Bible.

Desc: A definition of the word 'moral" will be revealed here through the medium of the Bible and Shakespeare. By analyzing what this word means in both concepts of healthy moral and bad morals, we can clearly see how it is interpreted within some of these spectrums. By understanding the different means of this word, the better understanding of how it plays into this literature can be seen. 2 pgs. No sources listed.

14. A Different Cinderella.

Desc: This paper looks at the story of Allerleirauh and compares it to the more common story of Cinderella. This paper will also detail German mythology and its role in German culture. Through the story of Allerleirauh, we also see a little bit of what Germany was like during the Nazi period. 6 pgs. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

15. A Good Marriage Cannot Be Broken Apart.

Desc: This five-page paper presents a detailed discussion about the crumbled marriages in two classic tales. Shakespeare's Othello and Isben's Doll's Houses both tell stories of crumbling marriages and deceitful acts by those who are close to the married couple which instigate and compound the problems. There were two sources used to complete this paper. 5 pgs. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

16. A Question of Power: Law, Cruelty, and Mercy in Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince and William Shakespeare's Measure for Measure .

Desc: This paper will compare and contrast Machiavelli's "The Prince" and Shakespeare's "Measure for Measure" in terms of their representation of the law, cruelty and mercy. As will be seen, Machiavelli's diabolical reputation notwithstanding, these works illustrate how both men thought along very similar lines. It will be argued that the point at which these elements - law, cruelty and mercy - converge in both men's works is power. Political power is the overriding theme of "The Prince" and the most prominent subtext of Shakespeare's "problem play". Through a discussion first of "The Prince" and then of "Measure for Measure", it will be shown how law, cruelty and mercy are - through the analogous figures of Duke Cesare Borgia and Duke Vincentio - represented as tools of political power and governance in both men's works. 9 pgs. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

17. A Quick Glance At Two Great Writers.

Desc: The authors discussed in this paper (James Arthur Baldwin (1924-1987) The Fire Next Time and Pablo Neruda's Fully Empowered), of course, did not know during their youth, that they would one day be famous personalities and authors, and they could not know how the world and their societies would change so that their opinions and projects became very important in cultural circles, and to large and international audiences. 4 pgs. 1 f/c. 2b.

18. Addressing the Use of Light and Dark within Three Plays.

Desc: This paper addresses the use of the themes of light and dark within the works of "The Rising of the Moon" by Lady Gregory, "Oedipus the King" by Sohpocles, and "Othello" by William Shakespeare. 3-pages, bibliography lists 3 sources.

19. Alice and Miranda in Wonderland.

Desc: This paper considers the meaning of Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll in light of William Shakespeare's The Tempest and compares Miranda and Alice.

20. American Moralism and Latin American Magic Realism.

Desc: This essay discusses Latin American Magic Realism and American moralism in the context of Julio Cortazar's "Continuity of Parks", Ernest Gaines' "A Lesson Before Dying", and Helen Prejean's "Dead Man Walking". The paper shows that while Magic Realism is a writing tradition that blurs the distinction between fantasy and reality, American moralism makes ethical statements about reality. It does so by transcending the circumstances of the writing to address the basic predicament of the human condition. 5 pgs. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

21. An analysis of the Jonathan Swift's Book Gulliver's Travels and Voltaire's Candide and the Theme of Adventure.

Desc: This paper will offer the unction of adventure in the satires of Jonathan Swift and Voltaire. The symbolic meanings within these writings will tell us the reasons why they used these themes, and how they are executed within the scope of their work. By analyzing the elements the writings we can learn how Voltaire and Sift were effective in creating satire that could be understood by tapping into truths behind elitist systems of government. 6 pgs. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

22. Analysis and Comparison of Adoration and The Old Mill.

Desc: This four-page undergraduate paper is an analysis/comparison of Peel's "Adoration" and Watson's "The Old Mill". (Horatio Walker is a mistake on the instruction sheet - he did not paint "The Old Mill"). 4 pgs. No sources listed.

23. Analysis of Readings by Okuma, Kinnosuke, and Saito.

Desc: This six-page undergraduate paper is an analysis of the readings by Okuma, Kinnosuke, and Saito and how they justify Japan's attitude to Korea. Two examples are used to show the complex nature of colonization, and Eurocentric thought and Japanese colonial ideology are discussed. 6 pgs. Bibliography lists 1 source.

24. Analysis of Seven Books.

Desc: This four-page paper analyzes the works of various authors in the light of whose work appeared to be the best out of the seven authors that will be studied below. Not only this but it will point out whose work turned out to be the most difficult and why it turned out to be so. 4 pgs. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

25. Analysis of Text of Mary Rowlandson's Narrative: Captivity and Restoration , Frederick Douglas's: The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas, and the Popul Vuh, translated by Denni

Desc: This paper will discus the three different style of narrative that are present in the three works: Mary Rowlandson's narratives, Frederick Douglas's The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas, and the Popul Vuh, translated by Dennis Tedlock. By discovering the differing ways tat each uses a different writing style, we can see how they vary in prosody, lyricism, and directive in their composition. 6 pgs. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

26. Analysis of the Theme of Alienation in Three Novels.

Desc: This five-page undergraduate paper explores the theme of alienation and the similarities and differences in the ways it is presented in the three novels. Leacock's novel concerns a very different form of alienation than the others. 5 pgs. bibliography lists 3 sources.

27. Anne Petry 'The Street' and James Baldwin, 'Go Tell It On The Mountain.

Desc: This is a 5-page paper on the characterization similarities of Lutie in Ann Petry's The Street and John Grimes in Baldwin's, 'Go Tell It On The Mountain." 5 pgs. bibliograpahy lists 5 sources.

28. Archetype of the Temptress: An Analysis.

Desc: This four-page undergraduate paper explores the archetype of the temptress, including Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire, Circe from Homer's epic, The Odyssey, Eve from Milton's Paradise Lost, and Arcasia from The Fairie Queene. 4 pgs. No sources listed.

29. Austen and Balzac: An Analysis.

Desc: This three-page undergraduate paper analyzes why Jane Austen concentrates so much on dialogue and personal interaction in "Pride And Prejudice" whereas Honore de Balzac in "Pere Goriot" focuses on social description. 3 pgs, bibliography lists 2 sources.

30. Authroties And Stories Combine For Message.

Desc: This six-page paper presents a discussion about four stories and the role of authority within our lives. The author takes us ion a journey through the stories and discusses the various roles authorities played within the stories. As the author explores the topic we begin to see a parallel in some areas and differences in others but in all the stories the authorities play significant roles in one way or another. 6 pgs. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

31. Black Like Me and How Did You Get To Be a Mexican A Comparative Analysis.

Desc: This eight-page undergraduate paper is a comparison and contrast analysis paper about two books on racism and prejudice, "Black Like Me", by Howard Griffin, and "How Did You Get To Be a Mexican?" by Kevin R. Johnson. 8 pgs. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

32. Biological versus Social Determinism: A Reading of Kaufman, Woolf, Atwood and Easlea.

Desc: 6 pgs. 6 f/c. 4b.

33. Controversies Between The Two Tempests : Analysis.

Desc: This four-page graduate paper presents an over view of the novel "A Tempest" by Cesaire in comparison with Shakespeare's novel "The Tempest". A Tempest by Aime Cesaire is an attempt to confront and rewrite the idea of colonialism as presented in Shakespeare's The Tempest. He is successful at this attempt by changing the point of view of the story. 4 pgs. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

34. Camus and Dostoevsky - Singular Murders, Different Meanings.

Desc: This paper examines the similarities and differences in Camus' The Stranger, and Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment, with specific reference to the murder that takes place in each book. Camus' murder is an examination of existentialism and an expression of the futility of believing that there is meaning in any act. Dostoevsky's murder is an expression of the senselessness of the ruling school of thought in the 19th century Russia. While each novel centers on a murder, they differ entirely as to the point and reason for each. 4 pgs. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

35. Chagnon, Tierney, and the Yanomamo:An Analysis.

Desc: This five-page undergraduate paper examines the debate between the book "The Yanomamo", by Napolean Chagnon, and "Darkness in El Dorado", by Patrick Tierney. The author analyzes why Chagnon and Tierney differ so radically, and presents her own views and opinions on the case.5-pages, bibliography lists 2 sources.

36. Cinderella: Comparing and Contrasting the American and Chinese Versions.

Desc: This five-page undergraduate paper examines and analyzes the differences and similarities between the traditional American version of Cinderella, based upon Perrault, Grimm, and Disney influences, and the original Chinese version of Cinderella, which was written in the ninth century. 5 pgs. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

37. Coming of Age in Cisneros' The House on Mango Street and Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man .

Desc: This essay discusses Sandra Cisneros' "The House on Mango Street" and James Joyce's "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man". The paper deals with how each book focuses on characters who are "coming of age". In each case, an individual attempts to understand their private self in a public world. 6 pgs. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

38. Comparative Book Review.

Desc: This comparative book review discusses two authors regarding the same subject. John Dittmer's work entitled Local People that examines the story of the civil rights movement in Mississippi while Adam Fairclough work entitled Race and Democracy examines the freedom struggle in Louisiana. 4.5 pgs. 0 f/c. 2b.

39. Comparative Periodical Review.

Desc: This five-page undergraduate paper compares and contrasts the five articles for review. The method and findings of each study are summarized. All the articles are very similar in many ways. Differences also are pointed out. 5 pgs. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

40. Comparing Two Murderers: Poe's Narrator and O'Connor's The Misfit.

Desc: This paper compares the characters of the Misfit in Flannery O'Connor's "A Good Man if Hard to Find" and the Narrator in Edgar Allen Poe's "The Tell- Tale Heart". 3 pgs. No sources listed.

41. Comparison Of Writing Styles.

Desc: This undergraduate paper compares and contrasts two pieces of literatures, one is the "Second voyage of SINDBAD, the sailor' translated by N.J Dawood and the other is Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Nature". It is rather difficult to compare the two works because they are meant for different age groups and the writers belonged to different eras. 5 pgs. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

42. Comparison and Contrast.

Desc: This three-page undergraduate paper examines the points of comparison and contrast in "The Train Cake" and "The Good Mother". The working mother and single father are very different, but do compare in some ways. 3 pgs. No bibliography listed.

43. Comparison of Young Goodman Brown and The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg .

Desc: This ten-page undergraduate paper compares "Young Goodman Brown" with "The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg". The themes are much alike. The theme of determinism is especially seen in both stories, along with faith. 10 pgs. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

44. Critical Analysis Of The Princess De Cleves And A Hero Of Our Time.

Desc: This is a 5 page paper in MLA style that critically analyzes two books The Princess De Cleves" And "A Hero Of Our Time." To provide the reader with the insight that not all heroes have to be sweet and kind, they can be very dangerous and mean and still be heroes in the true sense of the word. 5 pgs. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

45. Critical Reflection on Learning True Love and Night .

Desc: This three-page undergraduate paper provides a critical reflection and reasons for interpretation of what the authors mean. I agree with both authors' views. 3 pgs. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

46. Cycles and Chaos: Differing Treatments of Violence and Death in Eden Robinson's Monkey Beach and Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower

Desc: This 8-page undergraduate paper compares the way violence and death is treated in Eden Robinson's Monkey Beach, and Octave E. Butler's Parable of the Sower. This essay uses the two primary sources, to examine the way the themes are incorporated into the novels and the ways in which the themes of violence and death inform the content and structures of the two texts. This essay concludes that both Eden Robinson's Monkey Beach and Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower present the twin themes of violence and death in fascinating ways. In both texts, violence and death are closely related, as numerous violent deaths in both texts suggest that death is a form of violence in the lives of both Lisa and Lauren. Robinson's text, however, includes loss as an essential component of a cycle, which includes loss, violence, and death in a repeated pattern throughout the life of Lisa, the protagonist and narrator of Robinson's text. In contrast, Butler presents a bleak vision of violence, in which random acts of cruelty are chaotic and largely unpredictable. There seems to be little pattern in the violence, which occurs in Lauren's reality. These essential differences in depictions of violence and death inform the ways that narrative structure is addressed in both texts. That is, since Lisa's narrative presents violence and death as a cycle, then her narrative takes on the form of a personal history. Simply, Lisa must re-examine and revisit the violence and deaths in her past to deal with her current loss of her brother. In contrast, Lauren's focus on violence as random and chaotic creates a narrative based on a journey forward. Rather than a re-exploration of the past, her narrative is a reaching forward, or the building of an order out of chaos. Further, just as different approaches to violence and death inform narrative structure, the differences in the treatment of the theme also inform ideas about the origin of violence. That is, just as Lisa's vision of violence and death is cyclical, like the seasons, so she seems to associate violence with natural causes. That is, she sees the earth and the sea as main causes of violence. Lauren, on the other hand, sees chaotic and random violence as stemming from the individuals living outside walled communities, and thus she associated violence with human greed and the unpredictable nature of human wants.

47. Negativity, Meaninglessness, Pessimism, Absurdity, and Abnormality in the Works of Yeats, Eliot, Stevens, Faulkner and Ellison.

Desc: 2 pgs. No bibliography listed.

48. Women Are Responsible For All The Evil In The World. They Lie At The Heart Of All Grief, Violence, And Torment. The Adventures Of The Round Table And The Grail Quest Demonstrate This Fact.

Desc: This is a 4 page paper that gives proof to the statements that women cause all the evil in the world and hence the destruction through the use of the two forms of literature White's 'The Once and Future King' and Wolfram von Eschenbach's Parzival. 4 pgs. Bibliography lists 2 sources.