The paper is on the Odyssey, the play written by Homer. I will strongly recommend you have a good knowledge of the play in order to write this essay. If not it is okay, however, it will be important to refer back and cite certain events in the play throughout the paper. The full prompt is attached below and a brief one is right here:
Discuss either the role of female figures in the poem, or episodes involving non-Greeks, and evaluate the claims made above.
What this prompt is asking you to do is either agree or disagree with the information provided in the beginning of the prompt. That being:
(In the Odyssey the full heroic code, consisting of arete, time and kleos, is on display. At the same time, there is a new sensibility as well. The women of the poem figure prominently. They help, hinder, seduce, and outsmart Odysseus. The Odyssey updates the heroic world in other ways too, reflecting a Mediterranean world of new contacts with strange people. In some respects it is an ethnographic text, or at least the product of an ethnographic imagination.)
And then after you have chosen a side provide evidence directly from the play to support your decision.
To complete the paper you need to follow two simple goals. The first goal is to make a claim whether to agree or disagree with the prompt, and then connect your claim to the prompt in the paper. The second goal is to provide detailed evidence to support your decision by using various scholarly texts and sources. This paper is to be written similar to an argument, however, rather than to acknowledge the counter argument, you should leave it out of the paper. In other words you should pick a side on the prompt and then find evidence to support why you chose that side. It is ultimately important that the paper is not written as a summary of what is going on in the play and rather written as a paper with a claim and evidence from the play
This paper is a college level paper at a high university institution, and resultingly it should look like it came from the hands of a college level student.
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