Assignment 2: Literary Analysis
This week you will have the opportunity to practice the skills of finding peer-reviewed sources and integrating material from these secondary (outside) sources into your writing.
First, go to the SUO library and locate at least one credible, scholarly source about Antigone. Ideally, it will help support the argument that you developed in your essay for W2: Assignment 2.
Next, retrieve the essay you submitted to the W2: Assignment 2 Dropbox, along with the feedback about it that you received from your instructor. Open a new Microsoft Word document and copy and paste only the introduction of the W2: Assignment 2 essay onto it. Decide whether to revise the introduction based on feedback from your instructor and/or additional ideas that you might have had since you first wrote it. Go ahead and make any revisions you consider necessary.
After that, or if you do not wish to revise the introduction, copy and paste the next paragraph to your new document, review it and revise as necessary, substantiating and reinforcing (when necessary and appropriate) your argument with quotes, paraphrases, or summaries from the peer-reviewed source that you retrieved from the library. Remember that quoted material should not exceed 25% of the essay.
Repeat this process with all the essay’s paragraphs up through the conclusion. After incorporating scholarly material into your paper, it should be between 1,000 to 1,200 words long.
Once you have copied, pasted, and revised all the essay’s paragraphs, go over the paper to determine if it is properly formatted in APA style (from start to finish) and includes in-text and reference list citations, also formatted in APA style. Next, use the spell-check tool in Microsoft Word to identify misspellings. Finally, read through the essay one last time, looking for typos and glitches that spell check might have missed.
Name your document SU_ENG2002_W3_A2_LastName_FirstInitial.doc. ByTuesday, March 10, 2015, submit the final draft of your essay in a Microsoft Word document to the W3: Assignment 2 Dropbox.
Assignment 2 Grading Criteria Maximum Points
Wrote a complete introduction that engages your classmates' interest, explains the topic, and provides a detailed thesis that identifies your argument and maps the paper for your audience. 10
Used key passages and quotations from the text to support and defend your thesis. Supporting examples and quotations are fully analyzed. The link between the thesis and the evidence is clearly explained. 20
Examined in your essay’s discussion of evidence what the text suggests about the culture, literary movements, philosophies, or ideologies that influenced it. 10
Revised the Week 2 essay and incorporated one credible scholarly source into the argument. 10
Organized the paper effectively with unified paragraphs, each of which has a topic sentence and effective transitions to the next paragraph. 10
Provided an appropriate conclusion that reinforces the paper's main ideas without repeating the introduction word for word. 10
Communicated clearly using your own words for the majority of the paper with correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling throughout. 10
Met the word requirement. 10
Formatted the paper in APA style throughout. 10
your thesis idea is an interesting and effective, and you have developed it well. Throughout the essay, you intermingled good sentence structure errors, especially compound and complex sentences. As far as APA Style is concerned, always add the Running Head, Section headings like the model ones in the PPT under Course Home notes, week one I believe. Review the semicolon and comma usage, especially in your first paragraph. Review rules for the punctuation. Otherwise, you have managed to grasp most all concepts. More critical thought would enhance your essay. Otherwise, you presented some effective ideas. Thanks.
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Literary Analysis: Antigone
Examining the Representation of Gender and Gender Conflict in Antigone
The critical perception that dominates the gender and gender conflicts in Antigone is seen as that of the state represented in King Creon’s personality against Antigone as an individual. The brawl that arises between Creon and Antigone is interpreted as that between the political authority and the conscience of individualism. The play itself propagates around a clear conflict of differences in conceptions of law between human law and a higher more fundamental law. Utterly, this may not be wrong because the king continually affirms throughout the play that no one would undermine his authority without the consequences that attends to the citizen who errs. The verdict of not burying Polynices from the official declaration of Creon is some of the orders that need not be trampled with according to the understanding of Theban. This yet brings conflict in the Antigone since, at the onset of the play; Creon’s law is seen to target at the two brothers, Antigone and Ismene, the only two surviving brothers of the dead king Oedipus.
Revisiting the play while referring to our topic of concern on the gender conflicts, we need to realize that Antigone is a tragedy based on cultural and historical contexts in the classical Athens. The contexts of the play influences the characters in it, humanity and the role each character plays his/her gender status throughout the set up of the play. For example, the portrayal versions of Sophocles and Anouilh are so much strict in portraying their feminine characters. This is clearly supported by the reversal of their gender roles and their stereotypical appearances as women. Their failure to abide by their gender laws and the breaking of their gender stereotypical characteristics promotes to their temptations of committing suicide. Through the examination of these characters, it becomes clear to perceive that those who to follow the laws of gender and those possessing the appearances that are pleasing have the choices of fate, while those failing to follow such laws have to die where their death allows them to make achievements of their beauty. The conflict in the play of the play of the Antigone is that those failing to follow the laws of gender and instead breaks them are succumbed to death.
In the Greek literature, gender laws are so specific and so the common way to undo them is through the reversal of the gender roles. For example, in the play, the Antigone assumes the gender of a man and develops the will of breaking or going against the law. Such trait in women is undesirable in the Antigone. This is well emphasized when she utters the words “why should you do that? To see me cry? To hear me beg for mercy? And swear whatever you wish and then begin all over again? (48). The presence of her masculinity is an implication that only people of masculinity character have the power of opposing the law. The conflict of gender is also portrayed by Anouilh when she fails to follow womanhood laws and instead resolves to death as a way of emphasizing the contempt of such a woman. Further, Haemon portrays feminine characteristics through his excessive emotions and being rash making him not to fulfill his roles as a man.
On further analysis of gender conflicts in the Antigone, men were supposed to hold power and responsibility on Polis and Oikos (creation and the heir of children and the owners of households as fathers), however Haemon portrays a character that is opposite to his character in the Greek cultural values. Haemon plays the character of a woman, a portrayal depicting conflict of gender. On a further scope women were supposed to support the strength of the Oikos (through dowry and producing of children), a conflict that is depicted by Antigone and Anouilh by failing to play their roles as women since they wanted to express masculine powers throughout the play. Sophocles uses expressions like Philos, the Greek word for friends, relatives, allies, and loved ones as they it is used by Antigone for “loved brother” (81) while trying to express to Creon the difference in Love and Enmity as opposed to Creon whose usage of the word in on political connotations.
The role of men in protecting their family in the ancient Greek was highly valued. However, this proofs to be opposite of Oedipus who killed his father Laius to become the king of Thebes. He mistakenly marries his mother own mother Jocasta and sires children for her. This is crucial conflict in the play because it shows lack of responsibility and wisdom for a man who is greedy of power but does the opposite to the expectations of the Greek culture. His practices lead to Oedipus hanging himself and departing the world. Gender masculinity is also portrayed when the sons of Oedipus who were young by his death started fighting for power when they became old enough to rule Thebes from Creon who was left in charge of power after the death of their father Oedipus. They fail to make it became it because they headed killing each other making Creon to continue ruling Thebes. Full of many historical contexts, Antigone by Sophocles survives as one of the playwrights with many gender conflicts depicted in the ancient Greek as well as in the modern society.
Sophocles, and Ian C. Johnston. Antigone. Arlington, VA: Richer Resources Publications, 2007. Print.
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