Do a close analysis of a character, episode, or scene from the show Game of Thrones and tie it in (doesn’t have to be heavily) with an epic from (mostly) Middle Eastern culture. I’ll list a few topics we’ve done below, just don’t use the same Hero with a Thousand Faces paper I’ll attach for a writing sample. "The paper does not require the use of any sources from outside the class, but should engage in a thoughtful manner with the material and use the course content to make clear statements and arguments. You may choose to bring out a particular theme we have discussed in lecture, or do a comparison with material we have explored in the readings. You are able to reference, if necessary, aspects from other episodes or the broader narrative of the show, but the aim is to do a focused study rather than a general essay on the show as ​‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‌‌‌‌‌‌‍‍​a whole. You may choose specific scenes, characters, objects, relationships or plot developments to focus on. Please feel free to select an episode or scene you enjoy – it does not need to be the show’s “best” episode or one which is crucial to the ongoing story, unless you wish." Some topics include: – David Quint, Epic and Empire: Politics and Generic Form from Virgil to Milton (1993) – Alison Weir, The Wars of the Roses (1995) – Xenophon Cyropaedia (370 BC) – Haila Manteghi, Alexander the Great in the Persian Tradition: History, Myth and Legend in Medieval Iran (2018) – The Bible Book of Esther (4th century BC) – Franco Moretti, Modern Epic (1996) – Mahmoud Omidsalar, Iran’s Epic and America’s Empire (2012) – Macbeth (don’t do Cersei and Lady Macbeth though, he specifically did a comparison of her and Lady Macbeth in class so I feel it’s weird to do the paper ​‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‌‌‌‌‌‌‍‍​on it too).