The following essay was submitted by Erika Lloyd to answer the following question. It is from my recent World Literature 1 summer course and provides an example of a solid and thoughtful essay that incorporates lecture and discussion with a firm grasp of the texts considered.
Archive | June, 2010
If you are in my World Literature 2 online this summer, I would like to remind you that the forum is an integral part of your grade.
What is Oedipus’ hamartia, or tragic flaw? Is there only one? What is Medea’s? Do they share any weaknesses?
Many consider Oedipus the King as the greatest of the Western tragedies. What themes common in the tragedy resonate for us today?
Analyze Medea’s famous speech on the subordinate position of women, ll. 229-264. What seems to be her primary concerns? Are they justified by the actions of the men in the play?
Does Medea fit the definition of a tragedy that we outlined in class? Why or why not?
Greetings, and welcome to the summer semester. You are receiving this email because you are registered for my online World Literature 2 course. This is a friendly reminder that the class begins this Thursday at 7:30 am (!) in Jones 212.