Choose ONE of the following options to write about. Your target range is 750-1000 words. You will have two class periods to work on this. You may work on this out of class if you wish. Submit your final document to turnitin.


Works Covered This Semester:

Sophocles’ Oedipus

Anouilh’s Oedipus

O’Connor’s “My Oedipus Complex”

The Truman Show


Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily”

O’Conner’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find”




An Unlikely and Unexpected Conversation

YOUR TASK: Create a conversation between characters from at least three of the works we read that illustrates each character’s belief system as he/she fulfills the purpose of the “scene.”  You may choose the setting and how the characters have come to be in the same place having this discussion. Create a problem that they can discuss.

·         Use proper play format.

·         Every word and phrase matters. Cut the useless stuff.

·         Use stage directions.  Show what you want to actors to do to portray the mood.  Put the directions in parentheses.  These are italicized when you are typing, by the way).

·         Keep in mind a character’s “truth.” This means his/her words and actions should be true to his/her mindset and motivation as well as manner of speaking.

·         The name of the character starts the line, followed by a colon. Each character gets a new line when he/she speaks.

·         Use language from the works to connect the dots and paint a picture.


For example:

·         Oedipus, Macbeth, and Anouilh’s Creon discuss the woes of being king.

·         a scene where Miss Emily, Jocasta and the grandmother meet up in the afterlife.

·         The Misfit, Macbeth, and Miss Emily meet up for coffee to discuss their crimes.

·         The Misfit’s father, Larry’s father, and Miss Emily’s father discuss their children and their shortcomings.

·         Miss Emily’s servant speaks with the Porter and the Misfit’s boys to discuss their subservience and challenges.

·         Have Truman, Emily, and Larry discuss what it feels like to be trapped.

·         Pair up any three (or more) characters and watch them reveal the stories!




Short Story Excerpt

YOUR TASK: Write an excerpt from an original short story that is inspired by the text/s we covered this semester. Because of our time restraints, you do not need to write a complete story; however, at any time reading your excerpt, your reader must be able to know the following: who the character is, what his/her problem is, the setting, and flavors from the original text/s should shine through. In other words, make it clear that you have been inspired by the works we read this semester.

·         Use proper prose and dialogue format. Remember, punctuation always goes inside the quotation marks. A new speaker gets a new paragraph.

·         Stick to ONE spot. Don’t jump around.

·         Every word and phrase matters. Cut the useless stuff.

·         Avoid JOURNAL ENTRY stories. They fall flat. Rather, select a spot in time and use flashbacks.

·         Be literary. Use descriptive and figurative language.


For example, your story should develop a theme/s / motif/s we’ve seen this semester:

·         Secrecy, Deceptive appearances

·         Fate vs. Free-Will

·         Conventions of Ancient Greek Theater/Tragedy

·         Freud

·         Denial

·         Control and Loss of Control

·         Southern Gothic

·         Inner Conflict

·         Power / Ambition

·         Or, you may want to emulate a writer…




Hollywood: Write a Movie Script

YOUR TASK: Turn one of the works into a short film. Obviously, since you are not filming, your job is to write the script. Unlike the stage, you have the freedom to use close-ups, move location, add voice over, music, etc. 

·         Use proper screen-play format. [If you are not sure what that is, look up “How to Write a Screenplay” for basic format. Here’s a nice link:

·         Every word and phrase matters. Cut the useless stuff.

·         Keep in mind the author’s purpose.

·         All dialogue should come from the actual text.




Critical Essay

Your Task: Write a critical essay in which you discuss two works of literature you have read from the particular perspective of the statement that is provided for you in the Critical Lens. In your essay, provide a valid interpretation of the statement, agree or disagree with the statement as you have interpreted it, and support your opinion using specific references to appropriate literary elements from the two works. You may NOT use your previous essay in this one.


Guidelines.  Be sure to:

• Provide a valid interpretation of the critical lens that clearly establishes the criteria for analysis. This means that you MUST state the lens in your own words.

• Indicate whether you agree or disagree with the statement as you have interpreted it – this means your thesis statement – you MUST create a position statement…

• Choose two works you have read that you believe best support your opinion

• Use the criteria suggested by your interpretation of the critical lens to analyze the works you have chosen.

• Avoid plot summary. Instead, use specific references to appropriate literary elements

(for example: theme, characterization, setting, point of view) to develop your analysis.

• Organize your ideas in a unified and coherent manner

• Specify the titles and authors of the literature you choose

• Follow the conventions of standard written English




  • “… men are at the mercy of events and cannot control them.” —Herodotus , The Histories of Herodotus, 1958
  • “Lies and secrets … they are like a cancer in the soul. They eat away what is good and leave only destruction behind.” – Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Prince
  • “Blindness is a private matter between a person and the eyes with which he or she was born.” ― José Saramago, Blindness
  • “Man is not what he thinks he is; he is what he hides.” ― André Malraux
  • “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • “Every family is dysfunctional.” -- Andy Garcia