Due date: Monday, 2 August 2010, at the start of class.
Length: 3-5 pages; please use 12-point Times New Roman font and include page numbers.
Drawing on your notes and writing from the Explication of the Text Assignment (including the character analysis), identify the hamartia/tragic flaw’ in one of the characters in the Oresteia or the Frogs. While the latter is not, of course, a tragedy, the characters (not only the human ones, indeed!) are still ‘flawed’ and act ‘in error’ in some ways; you might consider how do the characters ‘get in their own way’ and (metaphorically) ‘trip themselves up,’ so that they do something terrible that leads to their own undoing.
- Give examples of how the character’s hamartia is revealed as the play progresses: Is there ever a moment in the play in which the character recognizes what he or she has done wrong?
- Describe this moment of self-knowledge and how the character feels about it (is he or she contrite, self-righteous, shameful, defiant).
Your essay should include an introduction, thesis statement, and a conclusion.
Make sure that you (1) quote from the play/text extensively; (2) cite page numbers and line numbers (if possible); (3) sufficiently explain in your own words what the play/text is saying.
Please include a Works Cited section using MLA format.