Project 1 is worth 100 points. It is worth 10 percent of your course grade. For this project, you will choose one of the following options. Please review the appendix in this course for more about thesis statements, paragraphs, MLA style, and conventions before you begin this project. The rubric is provided so you know how you will be graded and what is required. Please look over it as well as reading the comments under each choice. Your essay should be at least 1,200 words. To submit your project, please read the directions following the rubric.

Essay, Option 1

In Beowulf, is Grendel an actual monster, a wicked man, or a symbol of immorality?

To figure out this question, think about what Grendel represents. What values did people admire in the time of Beowulf and how does Grendel differ from those values? Use evidence from the text to support your view of whom or what Grendel actually is.

Essay, Option 2

Use the Arthurian legends and Chaucer’s work (Sir Gawain and the Green KnightMorte d’Arthur, or “The Prologue” to The Canterbury Tales) to compare an idea (belief, value, political issue, or social issue) found in the text to some aspect of today’s society. It could be something that is the same as it was in the text, or an idea that has shifted from the time these works were written until now. In your intro, identify the idea/issue you are discussing along with how the views toward it have changed or remained the same. You will need to explain how the characters in the works address the issue as well as how it is addressed in society today.

With Option 2, you can complete it as a written essay or as a speech:

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