Paper 1. Due Wednesday, September 11. Read Kenneth Rexroth's little essay here--[http://www.bopsecrets.org/rexroth/cr/1.htm]--and choose one of two topics:
A. Describe and explain how the relationship between Gilgamesh and Enkidu changes from their meeting at the door to the wedding in Tablet II to Enkidu's death in Tablet VII. How does this changing relationship support the Rexroth's idea that this is the first psychological novel? Quote Rexroth as needed.
B. Go to the Energion website here--[http://www.energion.com/rpp/flood.shtml] (also linked in your study questions). The two primary authors of the story in Genesis are labeled J (the Yahwist author) and P (the priestly author). Since J is usually considered to be the older version, use the J version of the flood story to compare and contrast to the story of the flood in Tablet XI of Gilgamesh. What do the primary similarities and differences seem to be, and what significance could there be in the differences?
Remember, when you quote Gilgamesh, you are quoting poetry, so quote in lines: "Enkidu blocked the door to the wedding with his foot, / Not allowing Gilgamesh to enter" (Tablet II, 98-99). If you need to quote more than a few lines together, indent the whole quotation, and make it appear as it does on the page of the book. If you use another outside source, please give citations and works cited; if you need a refresher for citations, the library has a site here: http://www.mga.edu/library/docs/MLA.pdf. About 1,000 words.
Paper 2. Can I get this by Wednesday, December 4? Your job in this paper is to explain and illustrate the way Dante has structured his hell in the Inferno. Choose a character from Circles 2-5, and another character from Circles 6-9. Please do not choose Dante or Virgil. To make it interesting, choose one character from Dante's contemporary Italy--there are lots of those in the Inferno--and choose the other from Greek or Roman history or mythology. There are lots of those, too. Do a quick search of GALILEO and the web to gather some information about your characters--you might want to use this search to help determine which characters you choose.
Then read Canto XI with great care; this is where Dante has Virgil explain the structure of hell. Now, using the characters you have chosen as examples, explain why they have been put in the places in hell that they occupy and how their punishments relate to the overall structure of hell. You must refer directly to and/or quote from Canto XI.
Remember in this assignment as in the one above that you are quoting poetry, and be sure to give citations and works cited for sources outside our textbook. About 1,000 words.