Using the questions and due dates below, write five one-page reflections, that is, your own thoughts on the question. Write at least one in September, at least one in October, at least one in November. Each of these one-page reflections is due any time before its due date. These short ruminations may be 250-400 words long, so be concise. I will grade these response papers mainly on the thoughtfulness of your ideas, but I will deduct points for writing riddled with grammatical and mechanical errors. If a reflection is graded C or lower, you may write another for a possibly higher grade.
You must write TWO 4-6-page papers for this course. Everyone must write Paper #1, but you may write EITHER Paper #2 OR Paper #3. You decide. Each paper is worth 25 points (50 points all together). Each paper should be at least four full pages long (or 1000 words), but no longer than six (1500 words). It should refer to and quote from the literature as evidence for what you say.
I want to see a possible thesis for your first essay before you write it. To remind you, a thesis is a statement of your opinion about the particular subject you will discuss. It would be your essay's main point, though this may change when you actually write your essay. If you have chosen a comparison/contrast essay, formulate a thesis that says what you hope to show or prove by comparing and/or contrasting. This type of writing is the most difficult to organize effectively. For help in organizing such a paper, see my discussion at Comparing and Contrasting..
Do not do any research on line or elsewhere beyond the assigned readings. I want your thoughts and responses to the books. WARNING: The college now subscribes to Turnitin.com, a service that tracks down the sources of plagiarized papers. If you can find a paper on the Internet, so can Turnitin.com, and so can I. Do not be tempted by the "easy" availability of materials on the World Wide Web because if you hand in a paper that you took even partially off the Web, I will fail you for plagiarizing. If you need help, donít copy. Come see me instead! It is better to be late with your paper than to cheat and get it in on time.
Papers riddled with grammatical and mechanical errors will be DROPPED A FULL GRADE, so proofread carefully. Also, any paper graded "B" or lower may be REVISED to improve it for a possibly higher grade. If you decide to revise your paper, you must hand in the revision within 2 weeks of the class on which I hand the papers back. Missing essays are counted as zeros, and late essays are docked a half grade for every class they are late. Finally, I prefer that these essays be typed/printed (use size 12 point font). Each essay should have an appropriate cover sheet but don't bother with a bibliography page. I will not accept e-mailed papers except in an emergency.
I will grade your essay using these criteria:
A. Contrast the hero's revenge in the last 3 books of the Iliad with the hero's revenge in the last 3 books of the Odyssey. How does Homer make Achilles' revenge and Odysseus' revenge seem justified? Or is the revenge not justified?
B. Using what you have learned from reading the Iliad, the selections from Aristotle, and the secondary readings, explain Achilles' words and actions in three of these books of the Iliad: 1, 9, 16, 19, 23, and 24.
A. What do we learn in the three plays of the Oresteia about the desire for revenge? How is this desire finally managed by Athena? Contrast what these plays show us about revenge and its just appeasement with what happens in Euripides' play Medea.
B. What do we learn in the three plays of the Oresteia about the desire for revenge? How is this desire finally managed by Athena? Contrast what these plays show us about revenge and its just appeasement with what happens in Euripides' play Hekabe.
A. What is the biblical law of the "talio"? Do you think this law is shown in the stories of David and Saul and of David and Absalom? Explain by analyzing these stories in relation to the "talio."
B. Compare or contrast how "justice" is achieved in some episodes of the David story with how "justice" is achieved in one of the Greek works we read this term. Be sure to compare or contrast what the biblical story presents as just with what the Greek work presents as just.