Student’s name Professor Course Date How the theme topics of blindness and identity influence the character of Oedipus. People can be blinded to the extent that it is hard for them to accept the truth. Blindness results to denial and development of defense mechanisms that help in evading the truth (Zachrisson 313-331). Oedipus the King by Sophocles integrates blindness and identity making it efficient for a literary arc that moves from abstract glorification to more vivid depictions of blindness. The structure of the play embeds on the ironic correlation of blindness and insight in developing the character of Oedipus. Oedipus physically sighted but with a blinded identity gouges his eyes out upon his realization that he killed his biological father and married his mother. Blindness is the epitome of Oedipus’s character sped by an ill wind in haste!/ madness and stabbing pain and memory/ of evil deeds I have done!” (1503-1506). By pointing out his eyes Sophocles shows Oedipus recovery from his blindness and the face with reality(Sophocles 2015). Upon realizing his true identity the truth becomes too hard for him to bear which ultimately lead to his tragedy. Works cited Haque Md Ziaul and Fahmida Kabir Chowdhury. "The Concept of Blindness in Sophocles' King Oedipus and Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman." International Journal of Applied Linguistics and English Literature 2.3 (2013): 112-119. Sophocles: Four Tragedies: Oedipus the King Aias Philoctetes Oedipus at Colonus. Oxford University Press USA 2015. Zachrisson Anders. "Oedipus the king: Quest for self‐knowledge–denial of reality. Sophocles’ vision of man and psychoanalytic concept formation." The International Journal of Psychoanalysis 94.2 (2013): 313-331. [...]
Essay Two Prompt: Choose one of the following topics and compose an essay of at least 750 words (plus the works cited page). Use and document specific supporting or illustrative quotations from the relevant play. In addition to your primary source, use at least two (2) secondary, critical sources (books and/or scholarly journal articles). Remember to introduce and/or incorporate in your own statements your quoted textual evidence. Topics: 1. Show how the theme topics of blindness and identity influence the character of Oedipus. OR 2. Consider Henrik Ibsen’s use of symbolism in A Doll House, with specific reference to at least three of the following: Doctor Rank, macaroons, the Christmas tree (decorated and stripped), the presents, the locked mailbox, the tarantella, Nora’s black shawl, her final change of clothing in Act 3, and the slamming of the door at the end. OR 3. Analyze the character of Nora Helmer. OR 4. Analyze the character of Puck. OR 6. Explore the literary motif of appearance (illusion) vs. reality in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, in Oedipus the King, or in A Doll House (pick only one play). Style: MLA format Keep in mind the following MLA hints for this drama essay: 1. Italicize the play's title: do not use quotation marks. 2. Remember that two of our plays, Oedipus the King and A Doll House, were not originally written in English. Therefore, you need to include the translator's name if you pick one of these two plays. For either of these plays, you'd use the following as a model: Last name of author, First name of author. Title of the Play. The Norton Introduction to Literature, edited by Kelly J. Mays, translated by FirstName LastName, W. W. Norton, 2016. pp. 1727-93. 3. For classic plays (in our case, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Oedipus the King), the parenthetical documentation will look different. Please use page 2284 ("Play with more than one act or scene") in your Norton book as a guide. You might look at the sample drama paper in our Norton book, pp. 1411-13. Keep in mind when you’re reading this sample paper that for the works cited page, each citation should look like a weird reverse paragraph: the first line is left-justified, while the second and subsequent lines are tabbed over once. The rough draft of Essay Two will be due, in a dropbox marked "Optional Rough Draft Submission," by Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at 11:59 p.m if you would like individualized feedback to aid in revising: this is optional. Should you choose to send me your rough draft (again, this is optional), be sure to upload your essay as a Microsoft Word attachment (please, no zip files); in addition, be sure to state specifically your concerns (MLA, thesis, fragments -- whatever the case may be): choose up to three concerns to focus on. There is no required peer edit for Essay Two, due to time constraints. The final draft must be submitted to the dropbox by Sunday, March 25, 2018, at 11:59 p.m.