mythology and folk lore research topics

1. A Compare and Contrast of Aeneas and Odysseus.

Desc: This paper will compare and contrast Aeneas and Odysseus in the two mythological works that are main characters in: The Aeneid and the Odyssey. By using the similarities that both of the heroes had after the great Trojan war, we can see how their journeys are similar, yet different in character due to the places that they go to in Mythology. 4 pgs. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

2. Aeneid.

Desc: This paper is about Aeneas. The son of the Trojan mortal, Anchises, and the godless of beauty and love, Venus. He enjoys special privileges while remaining human. His most outstanding quality is his respect and fidelity to prophecy. Ever aware of his destiny and role in the founding of a nation, he always takes this into consideration in taking every action. This awareness and devotion to his noble destiny enable him to endure much suffering and difficulty, from the defeat at Troy to his final duel with Turnus in Italy.

3. An Analysis of the Sundiata: Epic of Mali.

Desc: This paper will discuss the Sundiata Mythos/ history and how this pertains to the Epic narrative to convey a people's history. The main focuses will be to examine what is characterized as an Epic and what that means. Another facet will be to understand what place the Griot or storyteller/historian of the tribe had and discuss the effects of what influence these men had on the tribe. 4 pgs. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

4. Analysis of Creation Stories from Four Cultures.

Desc: This eleven-page paper uses four creation accounts from different cultures. These are: Australia, Africa, the Algonquin Indian, and Japan. Certain aspects are found to be common to all, and there are some major differences. 11 pgs. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

5. Approaching Trickster Myths from a Psychoanalytical Perspective:

Desc: This paper compares the Norse myth's Trickster figure, Loki, with his counterparts in a selection of Native American myths (such as Coyote, Nixant, etc.) using a Jungian perspective on myth as a process of societal self-realization. In this analysis, the Trickster God takes the role of cultural Shadow, which must be reconciled into the cultural attitudes as a whole.

6. Arguing Against the Principle of Sufficient Reason in "An Examination of Cosmological Argument" by William Rowe

Desc: In this paper we can realize how Rowe develops the first premise of explaining God, and why this premise is heavily dependent on interior modes of human thought or perception of the God. For the second premise, Rowe seeks to develop exterior facts about the God, and even through a multiplicity of Gods cannot account for the first basis of reasoning that cannot explain aspects of the Gods actions through others. These are the problems with PSR, and why insufficient data through the error of human perception cannot sufficiently define Gods existence.

7. Aspects of the Medieval World View: Excerpts from The Inferno and The Canterbury Tales .

Desc: This paper shall analyze two pieces of literature from the medieval period, with the intention of presenting a coherent worldview of that time. The first of these works is a selection from Dante's "Inferno". The second is from Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales". As both of these works are too massive to fully analyze in a brief paper, selections from each work will be addressed. 5 pgs. 4 f/c. 2b.

8. Athena In Greek Mythology.

Desc: This four-page undergraduate paper discusses the importance of Athena, in Greek mythology. Athena was the goddess of wisdom, protector of polis and supporter of heroes. She has often appeared in ancient Greek writings and paintings. 4 pgs. Bibliography lists 4 sources.