Original topics for an informative essay

Here are five essay topics in order to write an informative essay:

  • The contrast of good and bad in children’s literature
  • Jane Austen versus Emily Brontë
  • Literature characters worth imitating
  • Literature characters that should not be imitated
  • Beowulf’s allegorical meanings

The contrast of good and bad in children’s literature

 Describe the contrast between good and bad in a children’s story. Take a classic tale, say MacDonald’s The Princess and the Goblin, and examine the good and bad characters. Describe the environments that the good and bad live in. Why is it necessary for children to recognize the good and bad?

Jane Austen versus Emily Brontë

 There is quite a fandom for Jane Austen’s works as there is for Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights. Take a story by Jane Austen, perhaps her Pride and Prejudice, and compare it to Wuthering Heights. How do the male characters stand up to one another? How to the heroines compare? How is Jane Austen’s writing style when contrasted with Emily Brontë’s?

Literature characters worth imitating

 Nearly everyone has read story where there is at least one character that we can relate to or are inspired by. Choose a story, for example: Wright’s When a Man’s a Man, and talk of its characters that are worth imitating. In the story, Patches is a person who seeks to become his own man and earn his way rather than not knowing what it’s like doing an honest day’s work. Although Patches is a man his character’s need for independence and will to amount to something of worth, can be imitated by both men and women who struggle to make their lives worth living.

Literature characters that should not be imitated

 Just as there are characters worth imitating, so to are there those who should be shunned. Select a story where the portrayed main character should not be modeled off of. Goethe’s the Sorrows of Young Werther is an excellent example of this. Talk about Werther’s character and why he should not be imitated, explain how his fall is not desirable and should be avoided.

Beowulf’s allegorical meanings

 Almost every literary work has allegorical meaning of some sort. The poem, Beowulf, is a partial allegorical work, meaning only some of it has allegories. Examine the poem and note the parts where the tale takes on the allegory and how its main character, Beowulf, is sometimes exactly how he is and then at other times representing something else.