Hum 4 Kontje 1 - 2 Coleridge’s ancient mariner kills an...

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Revelle Humanities 4 UCSD Winter 2009 Professor Todd Kontje The second 5-7 page paper is due in lecture on Friday, February 27. Make and defend a claim about one of the following topics: 1. The Princess de Cleves and Gretchen in Goethe’s Faust are both passionately attracted to men who are not their husbands. The Princess refuses to have an affair with Nemours and even refuses to marry him after her husband has died, whereas Gretchen does have an illegitimate child with Faust. Why does each make the decision that she does? Do her choices reflect personal strength or weakness? Is she primarily responsible for her fate, or is society to blame? Write a thesis based essay in which you compare or contrast the actions of these characters.
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Unformatted text preview: 2. Coleridge’s ancient mariner kills an albatross and Gustav kills Toni in Kleist’s “The Betrothal in Santo Domingo.” Why does each character act as he does? Compare or contrast the motivations for murder and the consequences of the crime in these two works. 3. Rousseau’s “Discourse on the Origins of Inequality” and Goethe’s Faust express nostalgia for the happy days of childhood – either their own, or that of humankind as a whole. Compare or contrast their depictions of the past, their strategies for life in the present, and their hope – if any – for the future....
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