In Module/Week 8, you will write a 1,500-word (57 pages) paper that addresses 1 of the plays from the Drama Unit. A minimum of 6 citations, including the primary source and at least 5 secondary, scholarly sources, is required for this assignment. Before you begin writing the paper, carefully read the guidelines for developing your paper topic that are given below. Review the Research Paper Grading Rubric to see how your submission will be graded. Gather all of your information, plan the direction of your paper, organize your ideas by developing a 1-page thesis statement and outline, draft your paper, and compile sources used. Format the thesis/outline, the draft, and works cited/references/bibliography using current MLA, APA, or Turabian style
Choose 1 of the prompts below to address in your paper:
1. Write an essay explaining how Sophocles Oedipus exemplifies or refutes Aristotles definition of a tragic hero. Review Chapter 34 in your textbook (Chapter 36 in the eText) for the background and overview of Aristotles concept of tragedy/the tragic hero and drama. This chapter also contains critical information on Sophocles and the play Oedipus. You may use any of the critical material as a secondary source, but remember to cite it correctly. A video performance and an animated lesson on the play Oedipus are available in MyLiteratureLab Multimedia for you to watch.
2. Discuss William Shakespeares Othello, the Moor of Venice as a tragedy. As defined by Aristotle, is it correct to label Othello a tragic hero and to classify the play as an Aristotelian tragedy? Review Chapter 35 of your textbook (Chapter 37 in the eText) for the background and overview of Shakespeares Othello, the Moor of Venice, and drama. This chapter also contains critical information on Shakespeare and the play Othello, the Moor of Venice. You may use any of these critical materials as a secondary source, but remember to cite it correctly. Also, read the overview of Aristotles concept of tragedy/the tragic hero on pages 904907 (pages 857859 in the eText) as well as the sample Student Essay on Othello (pages 11121115 of the eText and page 1024 to view the Student Essay). A video performance and an animated lesson on the play are also available in MyLiteratureLab Multimedia for you to watch.
3. Use evidence from Sophocles Oedipus, from Shakespeares Othello, Moor of Venice, and from secondary sources to explain why you agree or disagree with this statement: The downfall of Oedipus is the work of the gods; the downfall of Othello is self-inflicted (Should you choose this option, you need to read both Oedipus and Othello in full).
4. Discuss the authors perception of death and the treatment of death in Everyman