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The Samurai

Choose one of the following topics or choose your own topic. •Chikamatsu Monzaemon was born into a provincial samurai family. The samurai abide by an ethical code in which it is not only permissible but also honorable to commit suicide if one has been defeated ingloriously in battle or shamed in one’s culture. How does this ethical requirement compare to the motives and outcome of lovers’ suicide in the play, and how might it contradict or support Chikamatsu Monzaemon’s views of suicide, given his social background? •Mephistopheles is a great role and one with which audiences can relate and identify. Why do you think this is so? Is this character a modern antihero? •Pick one of the romantic poets and their work. Using what you have learned about the 8 different loves, address how one or more of those loves is present in the work. (This is a general idea. You will need to further boil it down to a very narrow thesis.
Paper must be 1250-1500 words
• Typed, Double spaced, Paginated, with Title Page • Utilize 3-5 credible sources in APA format o These sources cannot be personal web pages, Wikipedia, or any other general source. o You should use the Montana Tech library and its databases.

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