Oedipus Guidelines Essay

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Oedipus Rex Essay Choose one of the following essays topics and write a well-organized essay analyzing how the topic is addressed in The Oedipus Trilogy. Your job is to compare the themes/morals of Greek life during Sophocles’ time with the themes/morals of todays’ society. You should not only use evidence from the text, but also use a minimum of one outside resource/examples to enhance your argument. Your essay should include analysis of what Sophocles says and how he says it, with specific quotations from the text. You must use at least three quotes in your essay (1 to prove your views. Additionally, you must use parenthetical citations in your texts that follow MLA format. Then, you should compare and contrast the morals back then to the morals of today. Primarily you will be analyzing how this play reflects universal themes and lessons applicable in all times and places. You may wish to compare Sophocles’ times with the present day, to highlight similarities or differences. If so, use specific modern examples to illustrate, in addition to text references. POSSIBLE TOPICS: a. Fate—Do we make our own, or are we “playthings of the gods?” Does the Greek view of this question differ from our “modern” ideas? If so, how? b. Blindness—“There are none so blind as those who will not see.” c. Arrogance—Is too much self-esteem a bad thing? d. Temper—Does a “short fuse” blow up in one’s own face? e. Crime and Punishment—Did the “punishments” of Iocaste and Oedipus fit the crimes? General Outline (You do not have to use this) A. Introduction B. 1 way Oedipus experiences the theme/moral C. 2nd way Oedipus experiences the theme/moral D. 3rd way Oedipus experiences the theme/moral E. Modern day example of the theme/moral F. Compare the theme/moral to Oedipus’ experience (B-D) G. Contrast the theme /moral to

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