This essay should be a 3-4 page essay (excluding the Works Cited page) focusing on the assigned readings from Weeks 2 and 3. It is due by 11:55 pm ET on Sunday of Week 3. This should be a close reading essay, and should use as evidence primarily passages from the story or stories that you discuss. You may not use ANY outside sources without approval. The essay should be in MLA essay format (see the sample essay attached below) and use MLA citations. A works cited entry and in-text citations for each text discussed are required. The essay should be focused on making a debatable claim about the work(s) in question; informational essays or essays consisting of summary are not appropriate. The claim should be supported with discussion of specific passages from the text(s) on which the essay is focused. The essay grading rubric can be found here.

DISCLAIMER: Originality of attachments will be verified by Turnitin. Both you and your instructor will receive the results. Choose 1 of the following topics, and write a thesis-driven essay in response to that topic: The Tragic Hero: In Oedipus Tyrannus, should we view Oedipus as tragic only, or can we find something heroic in his actions and end? Support your argument by discussing only events and lines from the play. Being Human: Consider Oedipus’ attempts to outrun prophecy: what does Sophocles seem to be arguing, through the play, about human potential and limitations? Support your argument by discussing only events and lines from the play. Learning Culture from Literature: choose 1 poem by Li Bai, and analyze it for a picture of the culture in which Li Bai was writing. What is one piece of information about that culture that we can infer from the poem, and what does Li Bai seem to be saying about that information? Support your argument by discussing only passages from the poem you chose. Shared Themes: Choose one (1) poem by Li Bai, and identify in it a theme that you also can find in Oedipus Tyrannus. Compare and contrast the two works’ treatment of the theme. Do they deal with that theme in a way that is more alike or different? Focus your thesis on arguing how the treatments are more similar/different, and support your argument by discussing only passages from the two works. Make your own topic: create your own critical question to answer in your essay. If you choose this topic you must contact me for approval by Thursday of Week 3. Essay submissions with unapproved topics will be returned. Writing Format: All essays should be written in Times New Roman 12 point plain font. Essays are double spaced, include indented paragraphs with no extra space between paragraphs, and 1 inch margins on all (4) sides. Essays should be MLA formatted and submitted as MS Word documents/attachments. Write in the third person objective voice, and prove/illustrate points with quotes and paraphrases from your primary and secondary sources, followed by the corresponding in-text and Works Cited citation. Avoid the first person “I” subjective voice in college level scholarly writing.

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THE TRAGIC HERO: IN OEDIPUS TYRANNUS, SHOULD WE VIEW OEDIPUS AS TRAGIC ONLY, OR CAN WE FIND SOMETHING HEROIC IN HIS ACTIONS AND END? SUPPORT YOUR ARGUMENT BY DISCUSSING ONLY EVENTS AND LINES FROM THE PLAY
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