The Texts we read present stories of families. How are familyrelations depicted? What do these stories tell us about the roles of men and women? Parents and children? Choose three of the following texts (Gilgamesh, The Odyssey, The Hebrew Bible, Sophocles’ plays, The Aeneid, The New Testament), and write a comparative, thesis-based essay on family dynamics.
A. Important Considerations:

1. Note that you are not being asked to discuss other people’s interpretations of the texts. We want your interpretations only.
2.Note that the views of the authors may be expressed either directly or through stories. when analyzing the stories, always look for the message that is trying to be conveyed. what is the moral of the message?
3.Choose topics that all of the selected texts talk about.
B. Sources:

1. use only the primary texts as sources-no secondary sources needed (in other words, concentrate on teh content of the literature itself, rtaher than on historical background). No bibliography needed. do not cite lecture. do not quote or cite the translators’ introductions. Draw all arguments from texts.
2. When you make an assertion essential to your case, you must provide textual references as evidence. Quote the text to prove important points, or when it is necessary for your audience to see the words. To make lesser points, a citation is sufficient.
3. Cite primary sources within text itself-no footnotes necessary.
4. Explain how you know what the text means. Show your reasoning.
5. do not judge the value of the assertions made in the texts. In other words, do not tell us whether you think the authors’ views are right or wrong, good or bad. Just tell us what you think the authors’ views are.
C. Structure:

1. State your argument concisely and as early as possible in your paper (first paragraph). Your argument (thesis) is simply your conclusion stated up front. say what you came up with, and then you can show how you got there.
2. do not stray from your thesis anywhere in your essay, so your argument is not submerged in meaningless detail.
3. Write in coherent paragraphs. Each one should have a single controlling idea or point to make.
4. Do not discuss one entire book and then another entire book. Organize your paper by topic.
5. Keep sentences short enough to be manageable.
6. Write about the past in the past tense. Write about literature in the present tense. (i.e., “Gilgamesh fights….,” “Aeneas travels…”).