Response Paper. Agamemnon and Antigone. Literature Essay (Research Paper Sample)
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Classics 1101 Introduction to Classical Literature Response Paper 2 (due Sunday October 27 by 11:59 p.m.) Topics (respond to 1) 1. Sophocles',Antigone(contains,a,number,of,famous,passages,that,both, encapsulate,the,play,and,are,much,imitated,in,later,literature.,Choosing, either&the,choral,Ode(to(Man((pp.,291=292,,lines,332=374),or&Antigone's, lament,to,her,tomb,(pp.,305=308,,lines,806=882),do,a,close,analysis,of,your, chosen,passage,in,terms,of,its,language,,imagery,,effect,,and,relationship, with,the,play,as,a,whole.,How,does,the,passage,capture,the,main,issues,of, the,play?,What,does,the,audience,learn,from,it? 2. Both,Aeschylus',Agamemnon(and,Sophocles',Antigone(feature,a,prophetic, character,,in,the,first,play,the,Trojan,priestess,Cassandra,,in,the,second,the, blind,Theban,seer,Tiresias.,Both,reveal,the,true,state,of,affairs,in,awful, situations;,both,are,(at,least,in,part),disbelieved.,Contrast,these,two,figures, in,terms,of,their,roles,,their,characters,and,their,prophecies,in,each,play., What,do,you,think,the,role,of,prophecy,in,tragedy,is?,how,does,it,work?,, 3. Both,Sophocles',Antigone(and,Euripides',Hippolytus(have,choral,songs,that, celebrate,Eros;,both,songs,are,complex,reactions,to,the,events,going,on,in, the,dramas,enacted,on,stage.,Compare,these,two,songs,(Antigone(lines,781= 800,,Hippolytus(lines,525=564),,considering,not,only,the,language,and, imagery,they,contain,,whether,shared,or,contrasting,,but,also,the,place,of, each,song,in,its,respective,tragedy. 4. The,Antigone(and,the,Hippolytus(both,represent,conflicts,of,values,and, perceptions.,,In,the,manner,of,tragedy,,neither,play,makes,a,direct,appeal,to, the,theater,audience,,yet,various,elements,of,each,play,,including,choral, song,,monodic,song,(song,sung,by,a,figure,on,the,stage),,pathetic,description,, etc.,,serve,to,sway,audience,emotion.,Choosing,one,or,more,moments,in, either,play,(or,both),,identify,the features,that,appeal,to,the,audience’s, sympathy,and,explain,how,they,do,so. 5. You,have,been,chosen,to,direct,a,new,production,of,Euripides’,tragedy, Trojan(Women.,Whom,would,you,choose,to,play,each,of,the,principle,roles, (Cassandra,,Hecuba,,Andromache,,Helen) and,why?,Where,and,when,would, you,set,the,play? To,which,scene,would,you,give,particular,emphasis,in,your, production? What,themes,or,elements,of,Euripides’ play,do,you,mean,to, emphasize,by,your,choices? 6. Euripides’ Bacchae(and,Hippolytus(are,both,plays,in,which,an,individual,tries,, unsuccessfully,,to,contend,with,a,religious,force.,How,is,this,contention, displayed,differently,in,the,two,plays?,How,is,it,similar?,In,what,ways,is,the, destruction,of,the,individual,made,sympathetic,,and,in,what,ways,not? ,,source..
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