Hum 1 Chod 3 - she plotted, slaughtered her own lawful...

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Humanities 1 Professor Stanley Chodorow Winter 2009 Writing Assignment #3: Greek Epic and Tragedies Choose one of the following essay questions. Your evidence must come only from the assigned texts. 1. But great words of haughty men exact in retribution blows as great and in old age teach wisdom. (Antigone , ll. 1422-24) Pride (or hubris) is a dominant and complex theme in Greek literature. In The Odyssey , Odysseus only slowly conquers his pride, which is one of the keys to his getting home and reclaiming his family and kingship. How do the authors of Greek Tragedies– Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides–portray this trait in their protagonists? Using two of the following figures–Agamemnon, Hippolytus, Creon (from Antigone ), and Oedipus, write a thesis-based essay in which you compare or contrast the two figures in respect to the problem of their pride. 2. So, there’s nothing more deadly, bestial than a woman set on works like these—what a monstrous thing
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Unformatted text preview: she plotted, slaughtered her own lawful husband. (The Odyssey , Book 11: ll. 484-487) In the epic and tragic works that we have read, the Greeks seem to emphasize personal responsibility for action--that is, at least for male characters. Are female characters, in their role as wife and mother, portrayed differently in this regard? What are the consequences for female characters who take action in response to their circumstances? The quotation above takes a position on this question, such women are to be considered deadly and bestial. Is that position just? Using two of the following Greek female figures Penelope, Clytaemnestra, Antigone, Phaedra, and Jocasta compare or contrast the two women on the Greek idea of taking personal responsibility for action. Length: 4-5 pages. Due: After lecture, Tuesday March 10. Late papers will be penalized by the subtraction of one-third letter grade per day. Dont forget!...
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