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English 102 Essay 2 Assignment: “Feminism and Hubris”

Write an essay in which you compare and contrast the play 

Oedipus Rex

by Sophocles with 

the play 

Trifles 

by Susan Glaspell. You should focus on 3 or more of the following elements 

in your essay: 

theme, character, setting, dialogue, stage directions, plot, and structure.

Please 

consider 1 or more of the following questions in your essay:

How is 

Oedipus Rex 

an example of ancient Greek drama, and how is 

Trifles

an example 

of modern drama? Ancient Greek drama is often characterized by a ritualistic tone. The 

presence of a chorus is an example of this tone.

Is Susan Glaspell’s 

Trifles

an example of a feminist play? In a feminist story or play, the 

female characters typically struggle to assert their rights in a society dominated by men. 

The title character in Sophocles’ play 

Oedipus Rex

is often referred to as a tragic hero.  A 

tragic hero or heroine begins the play as a well-loved person of stature, but that stature 

disappears, because of a tragic set of circumstances that (a) is foretold, (b) is inevitable, 

and (c) is brought about by the hero’s or heroine’s own actions. Compare and contrast 

Oedipus, Creon, or another character from 

Oedipus Rex 

with Minnie Foster or another 

character from 

Trifles.

Is Minnie a tragic heroine?  Is Minnie’s tragic circumstance (being 

arrested for and possibly convicted of murder after killing her husband) foretold, 

inevitable, and brought about by her own actions, like Oedipus’s circumstance?

The final draft of your essay should be 5 to 7 double-spaced pages (and 1,200 to 1,500 

words) in length, plus a works cited page. Your essay should have a 

title

as well as a 

thesis 

statement.

You must support each of your claims with quotations from the play(s) you choose to 

write about. After answering the above questions as part of the prewriting process, develop a 

Thesis Statement. Please consult the sample essay on drama in our literature book (in the chapter 

entitled “Writing about Plays”) for help on formatting in-text citations for plays (such as 

Oedipus 

Rex

) that are divided into acts and scenes. Please study the sample works cited page below. 

Relax and have fun with this assignment!

Works Cited

Glaspell, Susan. 

Trifles.

Literature: A Portable Anthology.

Ed. Janet E. Gardner, et al.

4th ed.

Bedford, 2016. pp. 909-920.

Sophocles. 

Oedipus Rex.

Literature: A Portable Anthology.

Ed. Janet E. Gardner, et al.

4th ed.

Bedford, 2016. pp. 707-750.







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