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Oedipus and Tragedy Essay. Honors English II Mrs. Bova. The Prompt. Evaluate the play, Oedipus the King , using Aristotle’s theory of tragedy as outlined in his Poetics ,. Outlining the Essay. Introductory Paragraph Plot Character and Thought Song and Diction Spectacle

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Oedipus and tragedy essay

Oedipus and Tragedy Essay

Honors English II

Mrs. Bova


The prompt
The Prompt

  • Evaluate the play, Oedipus the King, using Aristotle’s theory of tragedy as outlined in his Poetics,


Outlining the essay
Outlining the Essay

  • Introductory Paragraph

  • Plot

  • Character and Thought

  • Song and Diction

  • Spectacle

  • Concluding Paragraph


Outlining the essay1
Outlining the Essay

  • Introductory Paragraph

  • Plot

    • Anagnorisis

    • Magnitude

    • Pathos (scene of suffering)

    • Peripeteia

    • Pity and Fear

    • Unity

  • Character and Thought

    • Character is more noble than an average human

    • Hamartia

    • Reasonable thought processes and motivation


Outlining the essay cont
Outlining the Essay cont.

IV. Song and Diction

A. Vocal or musical accompaniment

B. Word choice

C. Acting and delivery of words

V. Spectacle

A. Costumes

B. Scenery

C. Props

VI. Concluding Paragraph


Rough draft
Rough Draft

  • MUST BE HANDWRITTEN!

  • Transfer the quotes from your outline into paragraphs.

  • Add at least 2 sentences of commentary for each quote.

  • Make sure that each quote has a proper quote set up.

    • Identification + Explanation + Quote + Citation

    • Oedipus demonstrates hubris when he stated, “…there is not one of you whose suffering is as mine” (Sophocles 5).


Peer edit
Peer Edit

  • Be sure the introductory paragraph contains a thesis statement.

  • Refer to the outline and make sure that each paragraph contains an appropriate quote for each part of the outline.

  • Make sure each quote has a proper quote set up and parenthetical reference.

  • Make sure the commentary for each quote explains why the quote is a good example of the term and how it connects to the topic sentence for the paragraph.

  • Spelling and grammar


Final draft
Final Draft

  • MUST BE TYPED IN MLA FORMAT

  • #12 font

  • Times New Roman or Ariel

  • Staple the rough draft and the outline to the back of the final draft.

  • The final draft is due Monday, October 1st.

  • 500 points possible!


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