Week Two: Essay on a Historical Narrative
Read Exodus 1-14. Write an essay with the following elements:

• An indication of the settings (temporal, physical, cultural) of the narrative
• An indication of the main conflicts driving the plot and the extent to which
those conflicts are resolved at the end of the narrative
• An analysis of the main characters in the narrative in terms of their
function, indicating the protagonist, proponents, antagonists, and foils in
the narrative. (Which of these characters do you most identify with and
• Commentary on the point of the narrative (What does the author seem to
be most interested in? What are the main themes of the narrative?)
• Some reflection on how this narrative passage has an impact on you