The major writing assignment for this week is to compose a 600- to 800-word
paper that analyzes how genderâ€”masculinities and femininity€”is portrayed in
Odyssey. One way to approach this assignment is to
consider how male characters think and speak about female characters (human
and/or divine). How do the males treat female characters? How do the female
characters treat the males? What patterns emerge? Based on those patterns, can
you identify models of femininities and masculinities in Odyssey? In other words, are particular behaviors, conditions, or roles
associated with men but not women and vice versa? Second, analyze at
least two major male characters. What does this reveal? Now carefully consider
two female figures (human and/or divine). How are they represented? Using the
data that you gathered, describe what the ideal ancient Greek woman and man
might have been like. Next, decide if any of the female and male characters
violate rules that apply to women’s and men’s behavior and, in so doing, offer
the audience negative models of gender. Reflect on The Odyssey
endingâ€”who wins and loses and why? What do the ultimate fates of the female and
male characters reveal about ancient Greeksâ€™ ideas about gender?
simply answer all these questions in order to develop your
paper. These questions are designed to catalyze critical thinking, and you
should use the writing process described in the online lectures to compose
How is gender portrayed in dyssey
With regard to gender, what do different elements of
(such as genre, epic, myth, or hero) reveal about the culture, era,
important philosophies and values?
Choose one of the prewriting techniques discussed in chapter 3c, “Invent and
Prewrite,” of The New Century Handbook and begin prewriting.
Write your rough draft. You are not required to submit it, but you should
get in the habit of writing one for every essay you compose in this and other
classes. Thesis is clear and well focused and the introduction includes all the
Discussion of evidence includes quotes, paraphrase, or summary and
synthesizes this material and your ideas.
coclusion is appropriate and reinforces the paper’s main ideas without
repeating the introduction word for word.
Essay is formatted in APA style throughout and it uses appropriate grammar,
spelling and mechanics.