This essay should be a 600-900 word essay focusing on the assigned readings from the course. It is due by 11:55 pm ET on Sunday of Week 6.
• This should be a close reading essay, and should use as evidence primarily passages from the work or works that you discuss. You may not use ANY
outside sources without the instructor’s approval.
• The essay should be in MLA essay format (see the attached sample essay below), and use MLA citations. A works cited entry and in-text citations for
each text discussed are required.
• Analytical essays should be focused on making a debatable claim about the work in question. Informational essays or essays consisting of summary are
not appropriate for either type of essay.The essay grading rubric can be found here for the analytical choices.
1. Tragedy Across the Mediterranean: Consider “The Tale of Sohrab” from the Shahnameh in comparison to Oedipus Tyrannus from the Week 2 readings. Make
an argument about whether the two works are more alike or different and why. Focus your thesis on one particular aspect of the two works such as
protagonists, themes, central conflicts, or other another element that you see as important.