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ENGLISH 123 —
Choose TWO of the following questions, and
respond to each in an essay of not more than 600 words
(approximately two typewritten pages for each question). Be specific in your
responses and work beyond generalities into a discussion that shows your
familiarity with our texts. ESSENTIAL
NOTE: You are not simply reporting on a myth, but making sense of
it through your own, careful analysis.
Please label each question
Special Note: Read the questions
carefully. Each question asks that you
draw a conclusion following your discussion to allow you to synthesize the
material and formulate your own insights. (You need not parrot back your response; i.e.,
This theme is significant because . . . .
Your paper should make apparent why you deem the subject important
enough to write about, since you will focus on what matters most, in your
estimation, in these myths.)
ANSWER ANY TWO OF THE FOLLOWING
QUESTIONS. Your essay should not total more than four pages.
- You must legally defend Dr. Victor Frankenstein
against his monster in a court of law. The monster is making claims
of malpractice, negligence, and seeks physical and emotional damages, as
well. What is the best defense you could mount on behalf of the doctor?
What counter-arguments might you hear from the prosecutor? (It’s up to you
whether you portray yourself as a competent defense attorney or as
incompetent or biased, but you must remain consistent in your point of
view and leave the reader with a clear idea as to the actual character of Dr. Frankenstein as portrayed in Shelley’s
novel. As always when you write, be specific and use support from the
- Which culture’s mythology resonated with
you more closely than the others, and why? Select a
myth or theme that spoke to you in some unexpected way. Describe what
it means to you in the context of your life and explain why it proved so
valuable. What did you learn from it? Give
specific examples from the texts to support your analysis, conveying the
reasons that your contemporaries might still benefit from the study and understanding
of that culture’s mythology.
- Why do the Greek gods and goddess inflict such misery
upon those who worship them? And why did human beings hail the Immortals, since they
seemed to abuse their powers and
positions? Explain why the tales of the gods have been told and retold throughout
the centuries, given their apparent flaws.
What character traits most impressed you, and what behaviors
shocked you? What do we learn from Greek mythology as we face life in the
modern world? As always, be specific and convey clearly to the reader the
reasons for your response. Also, provide pertinent support from our texts.
- Discuss the traditions represented in The Ways of My Grandmothers and how they differ from
ways of life in modern society. Which ways of traditional life would
be the hardest for modern society to adapt to, and why? Which traditions
would be the most appealing? What single aspect of traditional life, now
lost, do you most mourn? How might we benefit if we reintegrated it into
our lives today? Be sure to offer specifics with plenty of support from
scrupulously cite your sources to avoid Plagiarism. Enclose any direct
quotations in quotation marks and acknowledge ideas that are not your own.