*Choose one of the prompts below to
respond to in a well-written, proofread, three to five page paper. You do
not need to answer every single question included in the prompt you
*The multiple questions with each
prompt are there to help you think through your response not for you to answer
moving from one to the next. If you answer all of them in that latter way
rather than writing a paper, you will not do well.
*In responding to your chosen
prompt, support it with specific textual evidence.
*Your paper should not be all (or
even mostly) plot summary. Briefly describe the events which you use to
support your case.
*As with your summer assignment,
feel free to include illustrative quotes. However, make sure that these
add meaning to your paper. (In other words, they should not be there to take up
space.) They also should be properly introduced, as we discussed in
*When possible and appropriate,
refer to the literary techniques that Sophocles uses to craft Oedipus
Rex and the effect that they have in responding to your chosen
*Your paper should be in the
following format: Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, 1 inch margins all around, and
*Follow MLA format (Works Cited,
*Follow the standard conventions of
written English. Avoid contractions and the use of the first-person point
1. The Holt textbook notes, “Women’s status in ancient
Greece was inferior to that of men. Many well-known Greek plays, however,
center on major female characters. These characters are fully formed and
complex. [Remember that Aristotle praised well-rounded characters in his Poetics.]
Rather than being only mothers, daughters, or wives, they are depicted as
villainesses, victims, and heroines, and sometimes all three” (241).
Reflect on this statement in light of the character of Jocasta. Does
Sophocles’ characterization of her uphold or refute this opinion? Why or
why not? (**You also could write a similar analysis of Antigone.)
2.Find a couple of articles that explain what the Sigmund
Freud calls the Oedipus Complex. Use this knowledge to write an essay
that explains whether or not the Oedipus myth, as it is presented in Oedipus
Rex, fits with the Oedipus complex. Are the components of the Oedipus
Complex universal fears/desires? Do you think Oedipus, the character for
whom it is named, has this complex? Why or why not?
3.According to the Holt textbook, “In previous scenes,
Sophocles focuses on Oedipus’ kingship. In this final scene, he explores
Oedipus as a man and father. According to Brockett, ‘By this point he has
ceased to be the ruler of Thebes and has become the lowest of its citizens, and
much of the pathos is due to this change.’ By focusing on Oedipus ‘the outcast’
rather than Oedipus the ‘self-righteous ruler,’ Sophocles arouses more pity in
the audience leading to a stronger emotional experience.” Do you agree
with this evaluation of the play? What do you think is the mood at the
end? Is it different in a way that is significant and that allows the
reader to make a greater connection with Oedipus? (You may want to think
about these questions in light of the fact that Oedipus’ blinding and Jocasta’s
suicide appear offstage and first are reported in a second-hand fashion.)
(**You also could write an analysis comparing how the audience is made to feel
about Oedipus at the end of Oedipus Rex versus
Creon at the end of Antigone.)
4.Question 17 on p. 265: Discuss Oedipus Rex in
light of the debate between free will and fate. (Refer to p. 265 for the full
5.Prompt of your choice. (You should run this by me to
make sure that it is a suitable topic for a 3-5 page paper.)
Due Date: November 12th, 2015 (Given the due date, this
will NOT be a part of your first quarter grade).
Read through at least ten slides on the following page: http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A1999.01.0212%3Atext%3DEc.%3Achapter%3D7%3Asection%3D5 You can click through by pressing the arrows closely spaced above the page number. Answer the following questions based on the reading:
What is Xenophon's text saying?
What does it suggest that marriage is based on (love, arrangement, practicality)? Point to specific quotes to support your claim.