📚 Comparative Literature Essay Examples and Topics

The Dangers of Technology: “Robot Dreams” and “I, Robot”

This essay discusses the central message in both Isaac Asimov’s short story “Robot Dreams” and Alex Proyas’ film I, Robot. In both cases, the underlying message is the same: we need to be careful about how much control we give to technology lest we lose control over it entirely.

The Dangers of Technology: A Comparison of Kipphardt’s “In the Matter of J.R. Oppenheimer” and Shelley’s “Frankenstein”

Kipphardt’s “In the Matter of J.R. Oppenheimer” is a play based on the real-life story of Robert Oppenheimer, the famous physicist who led the team that developed the atomic bomb during World War II. The play focuses on the hearing that was held to determine whether or not Oppenheimer should be allowed to keep his security clearance after it was revealed that he had communist sympathies in the past. Kipphardt’s play is a fascinating look at the ethical and moral dilemmas faced by scientists working on projects with the potential for great destruction.

The Impact of Setting in Short Stories

This essay looks at two short stories with very different settings: “The Destructors” by Graham Greene and “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connel. Even though both stories are set in post-World War II England, the two settings could not be more different. In “The Destructors”, the setting is a bombed-out city where gangs of delinquents roam the streets, while in “The Most Dangerous Game”, the setting is an isolated island where a rich man hunts human prey for sport.

The Naturalism and Realism of Mark Twain and Jack London

This essay looks at the similarities and differences between naturalism and realism, two literary movements that were popular in the late 19th century. Naturalism was a reaction to realism, and focused on depicting humans as victims of their environment or social conditions. Realistic writers, on the other hand, tended to show characters as capable of overcoming these obstacles. Even though the two genres have a lot in common, there is one key difference between them.