Political Protest in Art and Literature
Dr. Lee Ann Westman
Exam should be typed in Times Roman 12, double-spaced, 1-inch margins, with no cover page
Minimum word count for each essay: 500 words (minimum)
Midterm Exam: Answer TWO (2) ESSAYS
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1. Why could you say that Antigone and Lysistrata reveal the powerlessness of women in ancient Greek? Do any works in The Disappeared focus on women’s powerlessness? Give specific examples from both texts and from The Disappeared.
2. Identify 3 examples from The Disappeared that share themes and ideas from Antigone. Explain the themes that they share, and discuss specific examples from The Disappeared to support your argument.
3. Why might it be more effective to rely on existing images, characters, and ideas to deliver political protest? Why restage Antigone or The Lysistrata rather than write a fresh, new play or create a new image? Why use the Chilean flag or a Nazi swastika in art (as we saw in The Disappeared)? [your essay should refer to at least all of the works mentioned in this question]
4. Is it inappropriate to read The Lysistrata as anti-war or “feminist?” Does Aristophanes’s intent matter? Who gets to decide what a work of art is about? Are there examples from The Disappeared that could somehow be interpreted as something other than political protest?
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