Ms. Gokturk


Essay Guidelines (Double Spaced, turnitin, ~ 1000 words+)


YOUR TASK: Write an essay in which you compare/contrast TWO of the following works:


Oedipus Rex (Sophocles)

“My Oedipus Complex” (O’Connor)

The Truman Show

“Allegory of the Cave” (Plato)


Your goal is to construct an arguable, interesting, and complex thesis statement to serve as the criteria for analysis for two works.


Once you have a position statement, ask yourself WHY.  Why has the author presented this? What does the author/director want for you to contemplate? You will want to analyze themes, conflicts, etc.  Then, HOW?  How does the author present his vision of the world? (characterization, juxtaposition, symbols, hyperbole, imagery, etc.)


Topic Ideas:  Turn one or more into a thesis

Sophia [AKA wisdom, rational thinking, enlightenment, “know thyself,” etc.]

Amathia [AKA ignorance or unknowing, irrational, denial, etc.]

Light / Dark / Shadows

Vision / Blindness

Control / Fate

Free Will

Secrecy / Conspiracy



Id, Superego, Ego


Imprisonment / Freedom


To be a Hero or Not

Other? What’s your observation?


Some Fresh Ways to Attack the Beast

Analyze the role of a minor character in each work

Symbol buffet: examine the objects / actions

It’s a Journey to ____ : how is the character’s story a journey

Not Justifiable Reasons: examine how the character is wrong

How to Beat the Monster: how does the character placate the terrible?

Domino Effect/Jigsaw Puzzle

The Why Game:  ask why to everything and pick the most interesting answer

Intimate Places