Essay Guidelines (Double Spaced, turnitin, ~ 1000 words+)
YOUR TASK: Write an essay in which you compare/contrast Oedipus Rex with ONE of the following works:
“My Oedipus Complex” (O’Connor) OR The Truman Show
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? Naturally discuss techniques in your essay (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
Secrecy / Conspiracy
Happiness / Love
Id, Superego, Ego
Fathers or Mothers
Imprisonment / Freedom
To be a Hero or Not
Hell is Other People
Find a quote about FATE or BLINDNESS and interpret it as your thesis statement
Discuss both through Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” (Plato)
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