Consider the Middle English works which you have read in the past few weeks. You will write a three to
five page, thesis-driven researched literary analysis on Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Le Morte
d’Arthur, and/or The Canterbury Tales. You will carefully evaluate the themes, literary devices,
historical context, or other elements of your choice in the selected text(s). You will support your analysis
with textual evidence drawn from the selected work or works as well as TWO (2) peer-reviewed journal
articles which relate either to the text(s) you’re writing and/or the topic you’re exploring.
You may develop your own topic for your essay or choose from the sample prompts below.
Sample Prompt #2: In what ways does the relationship between Sir Lancelot and Queen Guinevere in
Le Morte d’Arthur exemplify Medieval ideas of courtly love? Is the love affair between Lancelot and
Guinevere viewed as an acceptable form of love or as an immoral act?
Word Count: 1,000 – 1,500 words
• 12-point Times New Roman Font
• 1” margin
• Works Cited page (Four works cited total, both texts and two journal articles)