Comparison of Don Quixote with either King Arthur or Sundiata, paraphrase help

Jan 18th, 2016
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1.  Compare and contrast Don Quixote with either King Arthur or Sundiata. How are the two figures you have chosen alike? How are they different? Be sure to use specific examples from the stories you have read to illustrate your points.


Don Quixote and King Arthur were very similar yet different to each other. A similarity would be that they both hold roles, which are considered noble. They both are very sympathetic and genuinely wish the best for those around them. Don Quixote was a normal person who got dubbed a knight, which is a noble position indeed. Similar to Don Quixote, King Arthur was an ordinary person as well prior to becoming king, both of these figures came from the same type of background.

Though, in the story, Don Quixote no longer is a savior as he beings to attack anybody who made him feel threatened. The readers can perceive him as gullible, because, when Don Quixote saves a small boy from his master, the master makes a promise that he will never mistreat the young boy ever again. He also commits larceny as he steals a barber’s basin which he believed was mythic Mambrino’s helmet, and larceny is not an act of a noble man.

These two figures are very different from each other as King Arthur’s goal is to make his people happy and content, when he faced conflict with Mordred he doesn’t attack instead he decides to create a peace treaty. Had King Arthur been like Don Quixote, he would have attacked his enemy without thinking of the consequences and sacrifices to be made, as he would have believed that he was a threat to his safety.

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2.  Why is devotion such an important concept in the love poetry that you have read this semester? How do the poets whose work you have read this semester address the idea of devotion in their poems? Focus on at least two works and explain the ways in which the writers use figurative language and imagery to show the devotion of a poem’s speaker to his or her beloved. Be sure to cite specific textual examples in your response.


Devotion is such an important concept in love poetry we read this semester for a number of reasons. The poets treat the idea of devotion in their poems by taking advantage of figurative language in order to make the readers understand the true meaning of devotion.

In “Sonnet 43”, the speaker says that after death, if it is possible she will love her beloved, even more. She shows the readers that her love for her beloved is everlasting and will not end when she dies. The readers can understand that when she says “I shall love thee better after death.” The speaker believes in eternal love and thinks that her feelings are divine, her feelings could be considered even more special because they’re not restricted by the rules of nature, which means that the love she has for him is immortal. The speaker uses a lot of alliteration (thee, candle-light, the… quiet”, as well as describing her love of using metaphors as it reaches to the “depth” and the “height”. The speaker utilizes a lot of figurative language in order to portray her feelings for her beloved. When she says “I love thee freely, as men strive for right’; I love thee purely as they turn from Praise” she uses a simile. 

In “A Red, Red Rose” Robert Burns uses figurative language in order to show readers how strong his love is. When he says “O my Luve is like a red, red rose” he uses a simile to describe how he feels, he compares his feelings to a red rose. He also goes on to compare his love to a melody played in a beautiful tune. The author uses hyperbole in this poem to be able to prove to his readers that his love is eternally strong. Examples would be line 9-11:

“Till a’ the seas gang dry, my Dear,

And the rocks melt wi’ the sun:

O I will love thee still, my Dear,”

The speaker states that he will love his beloved till the seas run dry, which is something that will never happen.

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1.  Both Eveline in “Eveline” and Jerry in “Through the Tunnel” face challenges and turning points in their lives. How are their responses alike and how are they different? What is a possible theme of each story? As you plan your answer, be sure to include the challenge each character faces, the turning point in each of their lives, and a possible theme of each story. 


In “Eveline,” Eveline faces a great challenge in her life, she is confused as to whether she should stay at home with her family or leave and marry Frank. What is keeping Eveline from just leaving and marrying Frank is the sole fact that she promised her mother that she would keep the family together, and thus feels a sense of duty to keep her word.  Eveline starts reminiscing about memories of her mother when she hears the organ music, which makes her go to the station and elope with Frank. When she arrives at the train station, that is when the story reaches the turning point, she holds on to the bars and shows Frank no affection or attention. Eveline was fearful of what the future held for her, thus making her stay with her horrible father who treats her badly.

I think a possible theme of this story is the lust for an escape, since she wants to escape her house and life, because of her father. Another theme could be that the future can sometimes be terrifying, Eveline was scared to death to move forward in her life as she was scared about what the future holds for her, which resulted in her returning home to her father.

In “Through the Tunnel”, Jerry sets a challenge, to swim through the tunnel, to prove to himself that he is just as capable as the local boys. Jerry thought that the local boys could do things he was incapable of doing which causes him to challenge himself to swim through the tunnel, by training everyday to hold his breath for a long time so he can swim through the tunnel. When he trains holding his breath, he suffers a lot of nosebleeds which proves to the readers that his challenge to swim through the tunnel can be very harmful to his health. The story reaches the turning point when he thinks he is incapable of achieving  his goal, but still swims through the tunnel.

The tunnel symbolizes Jerry’s transition from childhood to adulthood. Possible themes of the story is the transition to adulthood, another one is the need to prove yourself in order to showcase your maturity. When Jerry is successful in achieving his goal, he does not tell everyone about his accomplishment, as he believes that achieving his goal is enough which is the way of thinking of a more mature person.

Both stories have a lot of similarities as both Eveline and Jerry face a lot of internal conflicts. Jerry feels like he has to prove himself and that he is just as capable as the other boys whereas Eveline is unsure or not as to whether she should stay home with her horrible father or elope with her beloved Frank.

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