Print Friendly, PDF & Email

The third paper in the course takes drama as the subject. You can find questions to respond to below. The length is described by word count not by page length. Typically, people count about 200 to 250 words per page, though. This paper should be at minimum about 900 words in length. This does not include the Works Cited page.

Papers should be submitted in MLA format. Sample MLA papers can be found online. In addition, there are several sample papers in the Bedford Compact Introduction to Literature. See the Writing about Drama chapter or any of the other samples in the text. If papers are submitted outside the MLA or paper type (docx, pdf) format you will receive a message from me informing you that the paper is not able to be assessed, which will most likely result in my inability to pass you on the merits. Note that for this paper, Sophocles’ work is treated as poetry and so should be formatted as such.

Do not submit papers via Blackboard messaging or email. Late papers will not be graded. Students may submit one revised prior paper with the drama paper for a re-review.

Choose from one of these potential papers:

1. The story arc in Oedipus the King is heavily dependent on the idea of dramatic irony, a kind of irony that deals with the difference or discrepancy between what the audience knows and what the main or other characters know. What is the significance of dramatic irony to Oedipus as the play’s protagonist? It’s important in this analysis to deal with the narrative arc in this question and how and why escalation toward climax happens or is told. Sophocles as a dramatist understood quite well how to slowly develop the emotional power in the story. He even has Oedipus signal narrative arc elements, putting the audience on the edge of their seats. Explain in this paper the role that dramatic irony plays. Use numerous elements from the play in the form of quotation or paraphrase to illustrate your decisions.

2. In life, everyone deals with problems: death, the past, the future, life, love, job loss, growing up, learning and so many more. In your “studied” opinion, what is the fundamental existential problem that Sophocles treats in Oedipus the King? In other words, after reading and studying the play, answer this question: so what? Make sure you use lots of evidence from the play to support your conclusion.