Professor Fleming†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

L101: Western World Masterpieces I

FALL 2009 First Essay


From the very basic prompts below, craft a thesis statementóa concrete argumentówhich you will defend throughout the paper.Your thesis statement is due posted online before class on Friday, Oct. 2.Failure to submit a thesis statement on this day will result in a failing grade for the essay.

Then write a polished 2Ė3 page double-spaced essay in a 12-pt font.This is due in class Friday, Oct 9.

All papers must have

       A clear thesis statement / introductory paragraph which fully outlines what exactly your paper will cover

       Clearly organized body paragraphs which support your thesis

       Abundant textual evidence

o  This is the number one priority in a paper like this: prove to me that you have read the texts very carefully and understood the authorís language


No outside resources are required.If you wish to use any secondary resources for your paper, you must obtain written/email permission from me before you hand in your paper.Failure to do so will result in a failing grade for the assignment.

Your audience is me and other members of the class.As a result, donít spend too much time on summary.Assume weíve read the texts, and are familiar with the same basic information.Summarize aspects of the larger story which are essential to your argument.DONíT tell me stories: thatís Homerís job.Your job is to make an argument about Homer (or Sophocles, or Aristophanes)

Extra credit: visit the IPFW Writing Center before handing your paper in, and receive 5% bonus on you essay grade (visit to set up an appointment)


(you are also free to develop you own prompt, but you must CHECK WITH ME before you submit your thesis statement)

       Compare Achilles with Hector; compare Achilles with Odysseus.

       Compare the presentation of women in Antigone and Lysistrata.

       Consider whether a text like Antigone or Lysistrata would be a more effective way of criticizing the politics of a government.

       Consider the role of women in the Iliad or the Odyssey.Or, compare the role of women (or particular woman, such as Penelope and Andromache) in the Iliad with that in the Odyssey.