My Personal Recollections of Not Being Asked to the Prom
I never minded my unpopularity in those days. Books were friends and poets (dead) were lovers. Brainy girls were still a rarity, and boys preferred big bosoms to well read and saucy wits. I look back now with pity on the young Me I didn’t pity them. I didn’t know that I was almost pretty And might have had a charm for older men.
And my poor mom, who never bought a fluffy ball gown or showed me how to dress my hair— she must have wondered where she got this stuffy daughter. She didn’t say it, but her stare asked whether genes or nurture were to blame. (But I got married, Mother, all the same).
one of the prompts below to respond to in a well-written, proofread, three to
five page paper. You do not need to
answer every single question included in the prompt you choose.
multiple questions with each prompt are there to help you think through your
response not for you to answer moving from one to the next. If you answer all of them in that latter way
rather than writing a paper, you will not do well.
responding to your chosen prompt, support it with specific textual evidence.
paper should not be all (or even mostly) plot summary. Briefly describe the events which you use to
support your case.
with your summer assignment, feel free to include illustrative quotes. However, make sure that these add meaning to
your paper. (In other words, they should not be there to take up space.) They also should be properly introduced, as
we discussed in class.
possible and appropriate, refer to the literary techniques that Sophocles uses
to craft Oedipus Rex and the effect that
they have in responding to your chosen prompt.
paper should be in the following format: Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, 1 inch
margins all around, and double spaced.
MLA format (Works Cited, etc.)
the standard conventions of written English.
Avoid contractions and the use of the first-person point of view.
1. The Holt textbook notes, “Women’s status in
ancient Greece was inferior to that of men.
Many well-known Greek plays, however, center on major female characters. These characters are fully formed and
complex. [Remember that Aristotle
praised well-rounded characters in his Poetics.] Rather than being only mothers, daughters, or
wives, they are depicted as villainesses, victims, and heroines, and sometimes
all three” (241). Reflect on this
statement in light of the character of Jocasta.
Does Sophocles’ characterization of her uphold or refute this opinion? Why or why not?
a couple of articles that explain what the Sigmund Freud calls the Oedipus Complex. Use this knowledge to write an essay that
explains whether or not the Oedipus myth, as it is presented in Oedipus Rex, fits with the Oedipus
complex. Are the components of the
Oedipus Complex universal fears/desires?
Do you think Oedipus, the character for whom it is named, has this
complex? Why or why not?
to the Holt textbook, “In previous scenes, Sophocles focuses on Oedipus’
kingship. In this final scene, he
explores Oedipus as a man and father.
According to Brockett, ‘By this point he has ceased to be the ruler of
Thebes and has become the lowest of its citizens, and much of the pathos is due
to this change.’ By focusing on Oedipus ‘the outcast’ rather than Oedipus the
‘self-righteous ruler,’ Sophocles arouses more pity in the audience leading to
a stronger emotional experience.” Do you
agree with this evaluation of the play?
What do you think is the mood at the end? Is it different in a way that is significant
and that allows the reader to make a greater connection with Oedipus? (You may want to think about these questions
in light of the fact that Oedipus’ blinding and Jocasta’s suicide appear
offstage and first are reported in a second-hand fashion.)
17 on p. 265: Discuss Oedipus Rex in
light of the debate between free will and fate. (Refer to p. 265 for the full
of your choice. (You should run this by
me to make sure that it is a suitable topic for a 3-5 page paper.)
Due Date: November
3rd, 2014 (Given the due date, this will NOT be a part of your first