Posted by Claire on Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 11:09pm.
Okay, I'm back. :) This is long, sorry!
Here is the prompt:
Explore the role of women in Archaic Greek society as presented in the literature examined in class. **You might consider how women were viewed relative to men, how they interacted with men, how women related to politics, how they related to each other socially, what behavior was expected of them, views of motherhood, views of wives and daughters, whether men and women viewed marriage similarly. Your paper should synthesize analyses of at least two works (I'm using Homer's Iliad and Hesiod's Theogony and Works and Days) but should NOT be comparative. Your primary objective is to explain a CULTURAL PHENOMENON that is reflected in more than one work, NOT primarily to explain how to two works resemble or differ from each other. Explore one topic and develop a specific argument that you prove with analysis.
I've done a lot of notes on momen as they are represented in those books, as well as how women were viewed and treated in Archaic Greece. So, I was thinking I would write it on views of wives and daughters, and possibly add to that what behavior was expected of them.
But I don't know how to word those concepts into an arguable thesis.
The main gist of my paper will be something like this:
Hesiod presents women form a misogynistic view while Homer presents a more respectful/honored view of women. However, the overall view of women in the archaic age by the majority was of lesser status than males.
I'm not sure how to make that a solid arguable thesis though, or if that even makes sense as a thesis in relation to what I'm writing about. I've looked up thesis help and I have a copy of Hacker's guide right beside me that I've gone through. I'm still lost.
Thank you in advance. :)
- Writing / Thesis help - Claire, Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 11:48pm
Women in Archaic life and literature were viewed as a necessary evil.
Opinions on this one?
- Writing - SraJMcGin, Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 11:49pm
You might get ideas from some of these sites:
- Writing - Writeacher, Thursday, March 11, 2010 at 8:13am
I would not use "Archaic life" -- that has almost no meaning!
Use "fifth century (BC) Athens" instead -- and then focus on those authors you listed in you post the other day.
- Writing - Claire, Thursday, March 11, 2010 at 3:47pm
I've had to change my paper a bit, because my professor wants it firmly based in the archaic age, but not directed to a particular polis. From what I understand, I should have a central idea (e.g. women were seen as inferior) that is directly represented within the texts, then i back that up with examples and explications from the text.
i'm writing a draft now to see how it goes and if i can relate it all back to the thesis. It's difficult to present the common threads within the pieces without directly comparing.
again, thank you!
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