Critics have analyzed Shakespeare’s character, Katharina (the Shrew), for decades. On the surface, it may appear she is a bitter character who rebels against everyone and everything around her, until she meets Petruchio who essentially “tames” the bitter beast into submissiveness. While there are many theories as how Petruchio performs this feat, by the end of the play, he successfully changes Katharina from a “Shrew,” to a loving, obedient wife (as is evident from her final speech – also the longest in the entire play).

Critics have analyzed Shakespeare’s character, Katharina (the Shrew), for decades. On the surface, it may appear she is a bitter character who rebels against everyone and everything around her, until she meets Petruchio who essentially “tames” the bitter beast into submissiveness. While there are many theories as how Petruchio performs this feat, by the end […]

Write an essay explaining how Sophocles’ Oedipus exemplifies or refutes Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero. Review Chapter 34 in your textbook (Chapter 36 in the eText) for the background and overview of Aristotle’s concept of tragedy/the tragic hero and drama. This chapter also contains critical information on Sophocles and the play Oedipus. You may use any of the critical material as a secondary source, but remember to cite it correctly. A video performance and an animated lesson on the play Oedipus are available in MyLiteratureLab Multimedia for you to watch.

In preparation for the Research Paper and by completing your textbook readings, you will be equipped to objectively respond by compiling information from a variety of sources to compose a paper that allows you to write a persuasive analysis of a literary work; follow standard usage in English grammar and sentence structure; proceed independently through […]

The River-Merchant’s Wife: A Letter

“The River-Merchant’s Wife: A Letter” is a persona poem like “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”. Who is the narrator in the poem? How does the poem illuminate the characteristics of this narrator? What images in the poem demonstrate her state of mind? How is personification used? And, finally, what is the narrative here? […]