Mythology      

Choose ONE Writing Prompt from Below

20 points

           

 

FOR EITHER: Please add TWO footnotes noting how/where you used TWO elements/devices from page three of the packet (hubris, hamartia, nemesis, stichomythic dialogue, dramatic irony, etc.)

 

FORMAT:  Landscaped, two columns, singled space with spaces between speakers.  One page total. Submit to turnitin.

                                               

#1 Medea: A Problematic Conclusion

At the end of the play, Medea appears both victorious and full of glory as she is seen above in the chariot drawn by winged dragons which the Sun, her grandfather, has given her. This miraculous deus ex machina conclusion was criticized by Aristotle in his Poetics: “Hence it is clear that the denouement also should arise from the plot itself and not depend upon a mechanical contrivance, as in Medea…” There are definitely aspects of the play’s conclusion which are unsettling, but does this mean that Euripides boxed his tragic heroine into a situation from which he could find no believable solution? On the surface, Medea exits completely victorious over Jason and her enemies. Beneath the surface, however, there are indications that Medea is not completely removed from the fate of the conventional tragic hero.  How might she exit a true tragic hero?

 

Invent an alternative ending that would be in accordance with the remainder of the myth involving Medea and one that satisfies the audience’s desires for Medea’s fate. Remember, too, that this is a tragedy. Please write in play format.

 

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#2 Medea and The Bacchae:  Closer Look Together

 

Both plays are written by Euripides, and despite being different, may be interesting to look at together. How do the themes of Amathia/Sophia work in Medea? How do opposing forces appear and how are they developed? How are these feminist plays?

 

Unlikely Dialogue

Create a scene using characters from BOTH plays put into one scene and have them reveal their true character, problem and create a thematic compare/contrast. For example, Pentheus may converse with Jason before their problems reach their climax. Or, Medea may empower the Maenads. Or, the leader, etc.

 

 

FOR EITHER: Please add TWO footnotes noting how/where you used TWO elements/devices from page three of the packet (hubris, hamartia, nemesis, stichomythic dialogue, dramatic irony, etc.)

 

FORMAT:  Landscaped, two columns, singled space with spaces between speakers.  One page total. Submit to turnitin.