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"Death of a Salesman" and Oedipus: Stories of Two Tragic Heroes
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A 10 page overview of these two classic plays. Makes the contention that each is just as representative of the literary genre of classic tragedy as is the other. Observes that each is a different twist on one man's perception of the concepts of hope, fate, and destiny. Emphasizes that Oedipus believed that he could escape the hand of fate and create his own destiny. Willy on the other hand thought that he would ride the tide of fate to his ultimate destiny. The problems which resulted in each instance, however, was that the final outcome was very different than that which was envisioned by the hero of each tale. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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"Justice of the City" Plato - Book 4 of the Republic
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(5 pp). When we ask ourselves how Plato arrives at any decision it is easiest to understand that philosopher will lead us across the stream of our own lack of knowledge, stepping from one stone of definition to the next. Thus when we reach the "other side," or have picked up the knowledge, that we were seeking, we will wonder why we were ever distressed about crossing the stream, in the first place. This approach is used to lead us to understand that the qualities of the virtues of wisdom, courage, temperance and justice exist within the city and within ourselves.
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"Phaedrus"
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3 pages in length. Love, as the main theme of Plato's "Phaedrus," is a powerful force within the story's overall context. As Phaedrus and Socrates stroll through the countryside, they contemplate all the facets of love from its joyous passion and inherent friendship to its possessiveness and damaging nature. No bibliography.
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A Consideration of the Ancient Greek Poem, “The Battle of Frogs and Mice” (“Batrachomyomachia”)
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A 3 page paper which examines the society and situation at the time as it is symbolically represented in the story, and specifically considers why the poem was written, who was meant to read it, the moral, and if it can be compared to any aspects of modern life. No additional sources are used.
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A Timeline for the Odyssey: An Outline of the Chronology of Odysseus’ Travels
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A 5 page outline of the chronology of the trials and tribulations faced by Odysseus in his travels. Provides a chronological list of thirteen major events. Expounds on the ancillary happenings associated with several of these events, detailing the importance of Athena in many of these events in particular. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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