AP English Language and Composition Written Assessment - (Option#1 Question Choose a character from Medea and Atonement that you can connect how do

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(Option #1) Question: Choose a character from Medea and Atonement that you can connect- how do they overcome emotional obstacles? Outline: [Medea is cited with (page number. line number)] Thesis: In order to overcome their guilt and ensure that it does not torment their minds, both Medea and Briony find methods to enable them to remain emotionally stable. First Body Paragraph: Topic Sentence: Medea uses her revenge against Jason and his despair as a barrier in her mind, allowing herself to believe that murdering her children, Jason’s new bride, and the King were the right actions to take under the circumstances. 1. “…there is one small kindness [Medea asks of the chorus women], if [she devises] some ways and means of making [her] husband pay for this suffering of [hers]: [their] silence” (57.259-61). a. This quote proves that Medea plans on taking revenge against Jason, and that she is planning something so terrible that she asks the chorus women not to ever mention it. 2. “…wrong a woman in love and nothing on earth has a heart more murderous” (57.63-4). a. This quote proves that Medea’s heart is willing to do anything to avenge her suffering—even murder. 3. “…[her] hatred is reserved for [her] husband” (58.309-10). 4. “…[she] will make corpses of three of [her] enemies, father, daughter, and husband…” (60.73-5). a. She is already scheming to make her enemies suffer to make up for her own suffering. 5. “Not one of them will live to boast of vexing [Medea’s] heart—this [she swears] by the mistress [she reveres] above all others, [her] chosen accomplice, Hecate, who dwells above the hearth deep within [her] home” (61.394-8) a. Medea proves that she has others who support her. In this instance, it is the mystical being Hecate, who she swears by. Because others in her life would agree with her actions, in Medea’s opinion at least, she makes herself believe that the murders are necessary and acceptable. 6. “For [she] shall kill [her] own children; no one shall take them from [her]. [She] will wreak havoc on all Jason’s house…” (71.791-2). a. Medea justifies to herself why she needs to kill her children. 7. “…to suffer the mockery of [her] enemies is something [she] will not tolerate” (71- 72.798-800).
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