|ESSAYS||TOPICS||SAMPLE STUDENT WORK|
|Essay 1|| |
What do the witches mean/represent in Shakespeare's Macbeth? (5 pp.)
With the understanding that there isn't a "right" answer to this question and that scholars continue to argue the meaning of the witches, consider the role of the witches from your own point of view, taking into account in particular what you have learned about the social history of witchcraft at the time of Shakespeare.
|Essay 1 revision and expansion||Either expand the original discussion or add material relating to any one of the adaptations of Shakespeare's Macbeth that we have studied. Compare the role of the witches in Shakespeare's play to the witches in Verdi's Macbeth or to the spirit in Kurosawa's Throne of Blood, asking whether in these later adaptations the witches "meant" the same thing. (8 pp.)|
|Essay 2|| |
Develop a paper on Faust in consultation with your section instructor. Material can come from material discussed in class or from other examples. (6 pp.)
Results: For instance, Prof. Harris asked her section to engage directly with the readings on learned magic, alchemy and astrology and to include some comparison of Goethe's Faust with Gounod's Faust in terms of their argument. The students worked on a range of topics, such as opposing roles of religion and demonology, science and the supernatural, and academic integrity and the contract with the Devil.
"Power and Humanity in Faust and Aladdin" (PDF)
"Blame and Innocence in Faust" (PDF)
|Essay 3||Write an analysis/critique of the content and presentations of the oral reports. (6 pp.)|