Focus Questions Alcibiades

Focus Questions Alcibiades - Focus Questions 1. Life of...

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Focus Questions Life of Alcibiades 1. In section 2 Plutarch describes Alcibiades’ character as one of “many changes” and “inconsistencies” played out amid “shifts of fortune.” How does “unexpected reversal” dominate the plot of his life as Plutarch reconstructs it? How do unconventional developments, the topsy-turvy overturning of fixed rules and procedures, and the contradictory mixing of opposite qualities, color many episodes of his life? 2. Would you characterize his life overall as “comic” or “tragic”? Or is another genre more suitable? Is Alcibiades a “heroic” or “non-heroic” character? 3. In the study of folktale, what sort of figure is the “trickster”? Does Alcibiades share any of its characteristics? Where would you situate the trickster on the spectrum opposing the “hero” and the “fool”? 4. How does competitiveness play a major role as a motivation for Alcibiades throughout his life? Why is competition particularly potent in a democratic republic--even volatile, dangerous? 5. In sec. 4, how does Socrates’ interest, concern and esteem for Alcibiades contribute to his portrayal as a patchwork of opposing characteristics? 6.
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