Papers will be checked for plagiarism. Requirements for the Composition You are to select one of the following plays found in your text and read it: Aeschylus-Agamemnon (650-701) Sophocles-Antigone (701-707) Euripides-Medea (783-822) Aristophanes- Lysistrata (822-862) Then, you are to select a character from the play you read, and write a characterization of that character. To prepare your paper use the hand-outs located in Study Guides1-Composition Guidelines/Requirements, 2-Sample Outline, 3-Sample Composition, 4-Notes on Characterization, 5-Generic Essay, 6-Manuscript Form. Because this is not a traditional "face-to-face” class, it is important that students read all materials provided to help/guide them in their preparation of their assignments. All papers are to be 2-4 pages long, submitted using Times New Roman 12 font , use both the primary source and at least one secondary source, and formatted using MLA 2008 or higher version. Your secondary source should be an academic source. Using the databases from FTCC's Library is much better than "googling" your topic. All sources must have both an author and a posting date if they come from the internet (databases are not considered the internet). Remember that a character in literature is defined “as a verbal representation of a human being”. Character is revealed to the audience in five ways. 1) Actions by that character. 2) The author’s description. 3) What (and how) characters say. 4) What others say about the character? 5) The author’s attitudes as the storyteller. In studying a literary character, try to distinguish his/her outstanding trait(s). A trait is mode of behavior or a quality of mind. Be sure you understand the difference between a trait and a circumstance. For example, a trait might be bravery, faithfulness, or generosity; on the other hand, a circumstance is gender, age, race, etc. Generally, there are two types of characters: round (dynamic) and flat (static). The basic trait of round characters is that the author presents enough detail about them to make them full, life-like, and memorable. Most round characters are also dynamic; that is they recognize, change with, or adjust to circumstances. The basic trait of the flat character is that very little is known about them. Most flat characters are created for a specific purpose. That purpose may be to enhance the main character, move the plot along, or serve as some sort of backdrop. The reader learns only what is essential to the story about the flat character. Because the character is not fully developed, he or she is also usually static (no change is seen in their character). Sometimes flat characters may be stock or stereotypes. Whether the character is flat or round, they should always be believable. That is their creation should have some basis in reality. Even if they are a creature from another universe, the reader still have to see some semblance of verisimilitude.