In Aeschylus’ Oresteia Trilogy, how do some of the female characters challenge the gender stereotype portraying women as driven by emotions and irrationality? What are the plays suggesting by showing women as driven by reason and forethought as much, or even more, than the male characters?

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For the final independent paper of the summer session, I have increased the length requirement slightly from the last paper (1200 words) and am only requiring 2 scholarly outside sources. This is worth 45% of your overall grade, so it is a chance to raise your course grade. WARNING: If you do not turn in this paper, there is NO CHANCE to pass the course
For this paper, you will be focus on Aeschylus’ Oresteia Trilogy, and write an extended analysis of passages from the text in response to one of the prompt topics:
1) In Aeschylus’ Oresteia Trilogy, how do some of the female characters challenge the gender stereotype portraying women as driven by emotions and irrationality? What are the plays suggesting by showing women as driven by reason and forethought as much, or even more, than the male characters? Focus only on one or two characters such as Clytemnestra, Athena, the Furies, Iphigenia, Cassandra, or any others.
2) In Aeschylus’ Oresteia Trilogy, how does the vengeance model of justice influence the events preceding and taking place in the first two plays, “Agamemnon,” and “Libation Bearers”? In what ways is the rational model of justice introduced in the third play, “Eumenides,” both rational and irrational?
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Instructions: Compose a paper of AT LEAST 1200 words that includes an introductory paragraph (including a thesis statement as its last sentence) and enough body paragraphs to meet the assignment’s minimum word count requirement. Paragraphs should be 4-7 sentences long or 1/2-1 page long. You must include at least one quote in each body paragraph (quotes are not needed in intro and conclusion paragraphs). Overall, you need at least 4 quotes from the main text. In addition, you need to include at least one quote from 2 scholarly articles. I will include info in the Week 4 Module for advice on how to select and use scholarly sources. Include a Works Cited list at the end of your essay (I will provide the citations for the book and a generic citation for a scholarly article). Strive to be as grammatically correct as possible and to write clear, logical sentences. This requires a lot revising / editing / proofreading
Guidelines: Papers must be at least 1200 words, entirely double-spaced, properly formatted (MLA), 12′ Times New Roman font, paragraphs indented, no extra space between paragraphs

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