Classics 160/Comparative Literature 244
Second Paper Topics

Select ONE of these two questions and prepare the most polished DIRECT RESPONSE of which you are capable. Do not stray from the material required, do not dilute your arguments with extraneous data!

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Question 1:

Consider the realm of the fantastic within the Odyssey and/or the Argonautica. What would you call the determinant, or the determinants involved in making the narrative or narratives the stuff of fantasy? Give specific passages and reactions within the works you analyze to support your contention.

Question 2:

To what extent does an individual character in Homer's epics control and direct that individual's actions and final destiny? You may choose any character, providing that you can find enough about that character to provide specific examples to support a concise, FOCUSED, and reasoned argument.