Sir Gawain and the Green Knight & the Canterbury Tales

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Essay Two:
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight & The Canterbury Tales

For your second essay you are going to analyze both Sir Gawain and The Canterbury Tales and explain their relationship to each other. You have three options for this assignment. Choose one of the three options. Do not choose more than one.

Option One:
Compare and contrast the use of humor in the two works. How does the use of humor help to support the central theme of each? Does one author make better use of humor? Be sure to clearly state the central theme of each work and then to discuss the role humor plays in supporting those themes.

Option Two:
Compare and contrast the use of violence in the two works. In what ways does the use of violence further a central theme of each work? Does one author make better use of violence? Be sure to clearly state the central themes of each work and then discuss the role violence plays in supporting those themes.

Option Three:
Compare and contrast the morality being promoted in the two works. What are the main two or three values being promoted in each work? Are the same values being promoted in both or are different values being promoted? How is the presentation of these values similar and different? Which author is more successful at promoting specific values?

General Guidelines:
1. Whichever option you choose be sure to state your thesis clearly at the end of the first paragraph. 2. Include at least three supporting points and provide examples and supporting arguments for each point of support. 3. Provide examples from each story to illustrate and support your claims. 4. The focus of the paper should be supporting and explaining your interpretation. Work to keep summarizing to a minimum. The summary exists only to support the analysis. Do not let summarizing dominate your essay. 5. Stay focused on supporting your thesis. Avoid tangents and overly long quotes or summaries. 6. Don’t get so focused on one...
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