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English IV: Anglo-Saxon / Medieval Literary Analysis and Synthesis Essay


Rough Draft Due: Block, 10/22-23 (1 typed copy required for peer editing)

Final Draft Due: Monday, 10/27 (TEST grade)
Assignment: Examine your reading and knowledge of works from the Anglo-Saxon and Medieval periods in order to prepare and write a 5-paragraph, critical essay including an introduction, three body paragraphs, and a conclusion. Choose ONE of the following five prompts:


  1. Analyze: Discuss the importance of the comitatus in A/S life. How was it depicted in Beowulf? How was it affected by the social breakdown in the latter scenes of Beowulf?

Connect: How does the concept of comitatus compare with modern day view of loyalty? Are there situations where this intense form of social bond is still practiced today?

  1. Analyze: Discuss the blending between the early Anglo-Saxon cultural values and the influence of Christianity as found in the text of Beowulf. How is this contrast exhibited within the text of Beowulf?

Connect: Explain how cultural blending is still illustrated in modern society. What kind of cultural blending do we see? Is it similar to or different from the cultural blending of the Anglo-Saxon period?


  1. Analyze: Discuss the development of the medieval romance hero as portrayed in your excerpt of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. HINT: Use your characteristics of a Medieval-Romance handout.

Connect: How does this compare/contrast with heroes of modern day society? Did the heroes of this period have any impact on the heroes that we admire today?

  1. Analyze: Consider the quote: “The love of money is the root of all evil.” In “The Pardoner’s Tale,” what is Chaucer’s view on greed as presented by the three rioters and the Pardoner?

Connect: How does greed manifest itself in today’s world? Is greed still a pervasive problem? Does this statement still hold true to this day?

  1. Analyze: Discusss the conflict between men and women as illustrated in “The Wife of Bath’s Tale”. What is Chaucer demonstrating about the role/ perception of women in medieval society?

Connect: How has the role and public perception of women changed in modern day society? Do any conflicts/challenges similar to those of the medieval period exist today?

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  • Use MLA format

  • Include an introduction with thesis statement, 3 body paragraphs, and a conclusion

  • Quote evidence from the text and internally document this evidence

  • Each body paragraph MUST contain at least one specific and relevant example from modern society/culture contained within your commentary.

  • Be specific and detailed in composing your response

  • Stay formal with your reader: no “I” or personal references

  • Submit your completed essay to Turnitin.com

  • Enter class with your paper submitted; you are not allowed to go to the library during class

Turnitin.com Information *** Your final draft must be submitted before 7:25 AM on 10/27/2014

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