The Odyssey

Analytical Essay #3: The Odyssey


What does The Odyssey teach us about the ancient Greek’s unique conception of life, humanity, the world, and/or existence itself? Write an essay in which you consider this question by analyzing how The Odyssey answers any (or several) of the following questions in detail. What are the similarities between Odysseus and Gilgamesh? How are they different? Why do evil and suffering exist? What is a hero, and how do individuals become heroic? Can human beings relate to the force (or forces) that govern the world? How? How does gender affect individual identity and the social order? What happens when individuals threaten the community? What is virtue, or, how can human beings live well?

Remember, when you summarize, paraphrase, and quote you should include a parenthetical citation in your essay using the editor’s last name and the page number, like this (Damrosch 21).

Political Satire

Watch this video:—drone-strike-details

Background: President Obama made it public that the US uses drone airplanes to assassinate enemies. The White House confirmed that this happened under the Bush administration but were hesitant to say that it is happening under right now during Obama’s presidency.
This is an example of modern day political satire.

1. Examine Jonathan Swift The Gulliver’s Travel and after watching the video, compare and contrast (differences and similarities) Jonathan Swift’s political satire vs. Jon Stewart’s (old vs. new).

2. Also, explain what is the role of political satire (does it serve a purpose)?

3. The paper can be around 400 words as long as the questions are answered. It’s not a hard paper.

The order doesn’t matter. You can talk about the purpose of political satire first then do compare and contrast.

It’s not really a professional essay paper. It’s more about answering the questions which are comparing and contrasting and explaining the purpose of political satire.
It shouldn’t take that long so I hope you can finish in 3 to 4 hours time.

The number of sources required can be less than that if you have found answers to the questions.